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The Ecosystem Value of Dead Wood

Andrews' scientists revealed the importance of dead trees to diversifying animal habitat and sustaining the flow of vital nutrients in forests and streams by tracking how fallen and standing deadwood changes as forests age. These studies profoundly influenced forest management by prioritizing the retention of dead wood in forests and streams.

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Harmon, M. E., J. F. Franklin, F. J. Swanson, P. Sollins, J. D. Lattin, N H. Anderson, S. V. Gregory, S. P. Cline, N. G. Aumen, J. R. Sedell, G. W. Lienkaemper, K. Cromack, Jr., and K.W. Cummins. 1986. The ecology of coarse woody debris in temperate ecosystems. Recent Advances in Ecological Research 15: 133 302. (reprinted in Advances in Ecological Research Classic Papers Volume 34 in 2004).
Gregory, S.V., K.L. Boyer, and A.M. Gurnell, editors. 2003. The ecology and management of wood in world rivers. American Fisheries Society, Symposium 37, Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Mark Harmon
Dr. Stan Gregory
A long-term study log decomposition at the H.J. Andrews LTER site, planned to last 200 years and now beginning its third decade, is yielding valuable information about the ecological functions of dead wood. This information is having profound impacts on both the scientific understanding as well as the management of forest ecosystems.
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