Pro Tip: Nurse Log

If a tree falls and no one is around to hear it, does it still make a noise? Who cares. The real question is: what happens to that tree? The answer, as Jonathan explains in this video, is nothing short of life-giving splendor. 

As a fallen tree begins to decay, it provides an ideal ecological facilitation to seedlings. All that moss, water, nutrients, leaf litter, and protection offer the perfect environment for a seed to grow into a magnificent new tree. Hence the name. 

Filmed at Lake Twenty-two in the North Cascades, Washington.