When one of the large trees falls, it opens up the forest floor for new plant growth and leaves a large hole which fills up with leaves and soil making a soft seed-bed in which new plants can grow. Growing up in these opened spaces and seed-beds are the next generation of oaks, poplars, beeches and maples that will eventually dominate this part of the forest. Looking around on this section of the trail you can see the patchwork pattern of this active "give and take" of slow plant growth and very sudden decline. This interplay is a critical feature of this forest ecosystem.  Windthrown tree

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