Plants, mushrooms, insects, and all sorts of other interesting critters make a living on fallen logs. Peek under a log to discover this fascinating woodland world.
This simple, step-by-step, family-friendly guide walks you through exploring fallen logs.
What kinds of critters might you discover on a rotting log? This interactive webpage from non-fiction book publisher DK shows you some examples.
For actual photos of plants, fungi, and animals living on fallen logs, check out this slideshow.
Sometimes you won't be able to identify a tree or plant on the spot. Other times you may want to keep a leaf or flower to appreciate later. A plant press preserves leaves, twigs, flowers and buds so you can look at them whenever you want.
Just like your doctor runs tests to determine your health, you can find out the health of your woodlot by hiking your land and looking at several indicators.
You may think your dead and fallen trees are eyesores that need to be cleaned up, but a few dead trees benefit your woodlot in lots of ways.
Buying your firewood from a local source and cutting firewood off your woodlot are excellent ways to prevent the spread of insects and disease.