I have a local 'forest management group' in my area. One of the jobs they do is to thin out the forest by removing some of the trees. They then sell the wood for firewood.
I want to tell them to leave the dead wood in the forest, as it is part of the food chain.
Can anyone give me an estimate of how much energy dead wood provides for the food chain in a temperate forest, as a percentage of the overall energy generated by the forest?
Also how biodiverse is a forest with the dead wood left alone compared to one with the dead wood removed?