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Title: The seen and unseen world of the fallen tree.

Author: Maser, Chris; Trappe, James M. tech. eds.;

Date: 1984

Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-164. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 56 p

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

Description: Large, fallen trees in various stages of decay contribute much-needed diversity to terrestrial and aquatic habitats in western forests. When most biological activity in soil is limited by low moisture availability in summer, the fallen tree-soil interface offers a relatively cool, moist habitat for animals and a substrate for microbial and root activity. Intensified utilization and management can deprive future forests of large, fallen trees. The impact of this loss on habitat diversity and on long-term forest productivity must be determined because managers need sound information on which to base resource management decisions.

Keywords: Fallen trees, decay (wood), decomposition, old-growth stands, Douglas-fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii, mycorrhizae, soil moisture

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Maser, Chris; Trappe, James M., tech. eds. 1984. The seen and unseen world of the fallen tree. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-164. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 56 p

 


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