Storm felled trees mean changes in ecosystem

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Rutland’s ecosystem is going to change as a result of this spring’s storm that felled so many trees.

City forester David Schneider says trees make a big difference on everything from the likelihood of wildfires to the health of vegetable gardens.

Rutland lost innumerable trees when a strong storm roared out of the mountains and wreaked havoc not only on trees but also utility lines.

Schneider says with less of a tree canopy, remaining brush and fallen logs have more opportunity to dry out and raise the risk of a wildfire.

The remaining trees will be more vulnerable to future storms because they’re now more exposed without neighboring trees.

And vegetable and flower gardens also might be a little harder to grow because the thinned canopy will give them less shade. That also could threaten fish in rivers and streams that have more sunshine.

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