Could your tree become a Habitat Spar?
In honor of World Habitat Day, October 7, 2020, we dedicate this post to Habitat Spars. We recently received a comment from a concerned neighbor of a client. After Titan Tree Care had successfully removed multiple dead trees from a wooded area behind a house in their neighborhood, we left a 10 foot section of standing trunk to remain behind. Why? By leaving a portion of the tree behind, we are creating a habitat spar or wildlife spar. The idea is that the remaining tree will become a habitat for different kinds of wildlife such as birds, small mammals, insects, and even certain types of amphibians and reptiles. The term Spar stems from “species–area relationship” and comes from environmental reserve studies in the 1970s and early 1980s. Not all removed trees are eligible to become a habitat spar. Typically it must be located within an existing wooded area and with substantial clearance as to not become a hazard to people or structures in the event that the tree would fall. Additionally, there are multiple techniques that Titan Tree Care utilizes, typically with a chainsaw, to “rough-up” the top of the tree and even create small holes to speed up the process.
If you think you have a tree eligible for a habitat spar, call us today!
Thomas O. Miles
Titan Tree Care
ISA Certified Arborist, #MA-5280A
MD Licensed Tree Expert, #1836
Virginia Consulting Forester
VA & MD Commercial Applicator
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