Created By: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Dead trees nurture new life in ecologically important ways. Without snags some 85 species of North American birds, numerous small mammals, insects, fungi, and lichens would be without valuable habitat. Snags are nature’s apartment complexes and cafeterias. To have thriving, healthy habitat, in many places, means snags are a part of the equation.
Snag Habitat features include; large diameter, tall trees and trees with existing woodpecker holes cavities, fungal conks (mushrooms), wounds or scars from fire or lightning. Snags can also be living trees with dead branches consisting of both sound and decayed wood. For larger land area management, maintain snags in areas of both low and high tree density and across a range of topography (ridges, slopes and valleys). Snags should be by themselves or arranged in small clumps of up to 10 trees Click here to learn more.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Habitat Network: Improving Habitat at Home