Forest Phenomena

Features of the Wilson Trail at Sapsucker Woods

Forest Phenomena

Northeast Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Cornell Lab of Ornithology


As you make your way through the forest, you might also spot nearly perfect rows of trees. Neither man-made nor intended, this design occurs when a tree falls down and begins to decompose. Seeds from other trees and plants fill the decomposing trunk, which provides abundance of nutrients. Over time they grow along the trunk until it has completely disintegrated, with the end result displaying a nearly straight line of young trees.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Features of the Wilson Trail at Sapsucker Woods


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