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A “snag” [pic 1] is a dead tree that is still standing and is often missing its top and most of the smaller branches. Snags such as this provide critical habitat for numerous species. Many birds, such as Barred owls [pic 2] and Great Horned owls [pic 3], as well as small mammals, use snags for their nesting habitat, making snags very important for ecological stability. So critical are snags to wildlife, that foresters sometimes create snags by killing living trees and leaving them standing.