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Dead or alive, trees are the backbone of forest streams and rivers

With minimal human intervention, trees left where they fall, ditches clogged with dead leaves and tree branches - you may be left wondering....

It is said that there is more life in a dead tree than a living one. Large woody debris plays a vital role in creating diverse ecological niches within forest streams and rivers. Fallen logs can provide cover for fish as well as creating pools and gravel deposits for spawning. Debris dams gather leaf litter, providing food for fish and invertebrates. By slowing the velocity of a stream, dead wood also helps to reduce soil erosion and regulate flooding.

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