When a tree falls to the ground

When a tree falls to the ground, we may see only its death but this death is the beginning of a new life and the natural cycle of a forest. As these fallen giants begin to decay, the spongy wood absorbs rainwater and supplies nutrients for plants like mosses, ferns, salal, huckleberry and young hemlock trees. The dead tree acts like a nursery, providing a place for young plants to grow above the shade of the plants on the forest floor. In this way, the old wood is recycled as it nourishes the new forest - BCParks

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