Snags can be Beneficial

December 31, 2012
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Although they may appear to be useless eyesores, standing dead trees, or snags as they are called, are important components of the wildlife habitat.  That’s according to a state wildlife biologist, Johnny Stowe.  Stowe says snags, which are in short supply, provide a secure home for many kinds of animals.  Stowe also says the insects which inhabit snags, are a critical food supply for woodpeckers.  Stowe says Woodpeckers are also the primary excavators of nesting cavities in snags.  The cavities are later used by other species from bats to raccoons.   Stowe says snags may no appear to be attractive but their value to wildlife is clear.  He adds, wildlife enthusiasts should take a second look at dead or dying trees on their property and include snags in their  wildlife management or landscaping plans.

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