The sound of falling trees in the absence of humans

Interesting research findings in Transactions of the Important Tree Scientists 120(2): 201-209 …

Large woody debris plays an important role in stream habitat for fish, macroinvertebrates and thinking spots for “half-pint” from Little House on the Prairie and Pooh (Milne 1948). Little data exists monitoring the actual accumulation of debris, including whole trees, on the forest floor (Robison and Beschta 1990). For centuries, humanity has pondered the question “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound” (Cockburn 1988).


The results of this original research project provide strong empirical evidence supporting the hypothesis that if a tree does fall in the forest,  it does indeed make a sound, whether anyone is there to hear it or not.

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