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Upland Forest

Ridge Trail

This forested upland is dominated by pines, with minimal undergrowth. Upturned trees reveal a tiny ecosystem, home to the bees, wasps, spiders, beetles, and other insects – all beneficial to pollination and the food web here. Upturned trees and logs also provide an ideal habitat for several species of wood-decaying fungi, such as turkey-tail, trembling crust, and beefsteak polypore. These species grow on the decaying wood of upturned trees and logs, playing an important role in breaking down plant matter and returning nutrients to the soil.

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