Tree Snags Are Full of Life


by Mark W. LaSalle, Ph.D., Our Mississippi Home

As important as live trees are to our world, it turns out that dead ones contribute as much or possibly more. Most stories about snags make the point that dead wood may provide more than live wood. That sounds good when the long list of animals that depend on tree snags is shared. But live trees also contribute in many ways – that are different, but equally valuable.

This story is about celebrating the values that snags provide for wildlife, that are dependent on the presence of dead wood. Sadly, dead wood in our urban and even rural areas is not valued, largely because it looks bad. We humans are far too focused on making our world nice and tidy. Dead limbs and standing dead trees do not fit this vision. It is understandable that snags near homes or in public spaces need to be…

This article first appeared on Our Mississippi Home.

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