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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.
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.