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Snags: standing dead woodSnags, or standing dead trees,  provide shelter for a vast variety of animals, such as racoons, porcupines, squirrels, woodpeckers, bats and owls. Snags are important for birds of prey such as osprey, eagles, hawks and owls because they are perches from which the birds can clearly survey the landscape for prey.

Our Oregon Forest Practices Act requires that snags be left behind after harvest operations. Snags left standing in clearcuts or in second growth forests can provide these habitat values.

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