A snag is a dead tree. It can be a standing or a downed tree. Actually, dead trees are a very important habitat for wildlife. Over 1200 species of birds, reptiles and mammals live in snags. Many more creatures make their homes in snags than in living trees. In fact in some forest 30 to 40 percent of the wildlife live in dead trees. When we remove dead trees from our property we are removing valuable habitat. Considering how much habitat we’re currently taking from wildlife doesn’t it seem like a positive and simple thing to leave some of these snags in place? Another option is to create an artificial snag.
Don’t Touch That Snag September 17, 2009