What Is An Old-Growth Forest?
A forest that has never been logged is called "old-growth". It is a forest rich in diversity of plants and animals, and has a very different look, feel and character from a forest that has been logged. Old-growth forests are healthy habitats for a wide range of species.
Old-growth redwood forests have...
1) A small number of giant redwoods in each acre (from 5-15 mature redwoods).
2) Lots of different plants on the forest floor.
3) Epiphytes and animals living in the canopy of the redwoods.
4) Open space where light reaches the forest floor.
5) Fallen logs that act as "nurse trees" for centuries.
6) Dead and broken standing trees that provide habitat for lots of wildlife.