How to Create and Maintain Logs

Snags can continue on as logs after falling.

Here are a few tips to ensure you provide excellent log habitats:

Cut downed trees into various sized segments.

● When a snag decays enough, it falls to the ground, beginning a new after-life as a log.

● Logging operations produce large branches or trunk sections that can be left behind as logs.

● Leave clusters of different-sized logs, preferably with some gaps between logs.

● Lean some logs on others, creating angles that provide different shelter and access opportunities for animals.

● Leave vegetation near logs to provide additional cover and to facilitate moisture retention and rotting.

● You can partially bury logs to speed up decomposition and to keep logs moist.

● Leave logs in the shade, where moisture encourages decomposition.

● Long, large, hollow logs provide dens for large mammals.

● In the water, logs provide important habitat for fish and other aquatic creatures.

For more information:

http://www.discoverwildlife.com/wildlife-gardens/how-use-logs-attract-wildlife

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/forestry/pdf/www/www14.pdf


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