Dead Standing Tree

Dead Standing Tree

 

in a forest, a tree that is dead but still standing. Dead standing trees may occur singly or in groups. There are also instances of the desiccation of vast wooded areas. The causes of tree desiccation are aging, drought, a lowering of the groundwater level, swamping, frosts, sunscald, forest fires, widespread fungal diseases, severe infestation by injurious insects, and the compacting of soil as a result of improper pasturing. Preventive measures include routine systematic felling, the felling of diseased trees, the timely felling of overmature or substantially damaged stands, the drainage of swamped lands, and the elimination of the foci of reproduction of harmful insects and the causative agents of disease.

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Another recent study, of a site in the central Sierra Nevada, found nine times as many dead standing trees and three times as many dead logs on the ground than were recorded in 1929.
The USDA FIA program has also undertaken a statewide assessment of above-ground biomass (including live and dead standing trees, the understory/shrub layer, down dead wood) and below-ground biomass (including live tree roots and soil organic matter) to estimate forest carbon stocks (Crocker et al.
They both used the Forest Service's definition based on the number, age and density of large trees per acre, the characteristics of the forest canopy, the number of dead standing trees and fallen logs and other criteria.
Halter, the latest research shows: -- There are currently a million dead standing trees within the San Bernadino Mountains alone, all killed by bark beetles and a historic drought.
Watch out for dead overhanging limbs, dead standing trees, cold sumps, swampy ground, and insect hives.
The pockets of live trees, as well as the dead standing trees remaining after fire, form what ecologists call "biological legacies," seed banks and soil anchors that aid fire recovery.
If we want to enhance biodiversity in monoculture forests we can retain features like dead standing trees, coarse woody debris, patches of shrubs, a small percentage of other tree species that naturally re-generate and so on.
Fish and Wildlife Service before chopping down any dead standing trees in areas where the endangered birds live.
The definition contains various criteria for determining whether a forest qualifies as ecological old-growth: It must have a given number of large trees per acre, a certain amount of crown closure, a multilayered canopy, a number of dead standing trees or snags, and down logs.