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Study of dead wood in old-growth Iranian forest provides information for forest management


Dead wood, such as old stumps and logs, is often overlooked when examining forest's vitality; however, new research from old-growth forests in Iran point out the importance of this often-overlooked forest feature. "Dead wood is great habitat for wildlife, provides a sheltered environment for young seedlings, holds soil and moisture on the site and stores carbon," said Carolyn Copenheaver, associate professor of forest ecology in Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources and Environment. "So woody debris management is important for conservation, but it requires baseline measurements of relatively undisturbed mature forests, which haven't yet been done in some parts of the world." more

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