Burned Forest

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When periodic fires are prevented, the fuel load increases, resulting in hotter fires that kill entire stands, but even this apparent devastation creates ideal habitat for some owls and woodpeckers. The Black-backed and Three-toed Woodpeckers arrive in these forests while the trees are still smoking, to feast upon wood-boring beetle larvae. Later, Hawk Owls will use tall, isolated perches to hunt from, and might nest in hollowed-out, blackened trees.
When periodic fires are prevented, the fuel load increases, resulting in hotter fires that kill entire stands, but even this apparent devastation creates ideal habitat for some owls and woodpeckers. The Black-backed and Three-toed Woodpeckers arrive in these forests while the trees are still smoking, to feast upon wood-boring beetle larvae. Later, Hawk Owls will use tall, isolated perches to hunt from, and might nest in hollowed-out, blackened trees.
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