Department of Forestry, and California's Department of the Interior, Agriculture, or whoever it is that's in charge of that, to step in and say, "We need some responsible harvesting of dead fall and dead standing trees
just to help minimize the fuel load and maybe slow down some of these wildfires that they're spreading."
There are exceptions, of course, with both aspen and cottonwood trees in the West coming to mind, but as a rule of thumb, woodpeckers require dead standing trees
to show off their master carpentry skills.
"These preparations include falling dead standing trees
, removing lower limbs, small trees and underbrush," the fire team said Wednesday.
2005) that overwinters in dead standing trees
such as oaks, locusts, and paulownias (Lee et al.
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.
This species infests vigorous trees, and can evolve on dead standing trees
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., 2011).
Land managers also incorporate snags (dead standing trees
), as well as strips and small islands of live trees during clear-cutting to mimic conditions after a wildfire.
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.
Watch out for dead overhanging limbs, dead standing trees
, cold sumps, swampy ground, and insect hives.
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.