Can forests be too dense?



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    Yes.  Part of the work that the national forest service carries out is undergrowth thinning.  Excessive undergrowth creates ideal fuel for wildfires.  Undergrowth becomes excessive for two reasons, 1) not enough forest service maintenance and high levels of rainfall, and 2) successionarygrowth after logging.  Shrubs and grasses are the first plants that grow after an area is logged,  They create thick, dense layers of under-stories in forests which provides ample fuel for forest fires.

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    Overly dense forests can also inhibit rainwater from reaching streams and replenishing groundwater, which can create problems for aquatic ecosystems. Like andyyeah said though, the biggest concern is that it makes the occurrence of wildfires much more likely.

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