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Leave some dead trees standing to help wildlife

Ladderback woodpecker

“That ugly snag may provide a secure home for many kinds of animals and a virtual smorgasbord of insect food,” said Laurel Barnhill, wildlife biologist with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Section. “Downy, hairy, red-bellied, pileated and red-headed woodpeckers all feed heavily on wood-boring larvae of beetles and other insects and invertebrates found in snags.”

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