The biota of a forest ecosystem continuously adapts in a self sustaining cycle of
growth, reproduction, decline, and renewal. Trees originate from tiny, energy packed seeds - an
acorn, a legume. As it grows, a tree is consistently supported by rich mineral soil and moisture
retained by organic matter. While debris falls due to conditions surrounding an individual plant,
it takes on new life on the floor to impact all other organisms extending their roots to that locale.
Broken down by saprobic organisms, trees that lose vitality become the insulation that provides
security for water uptake by other trees’ roots. They become the minerals that nourish plants for
generations forward. Life feeds life, and all parts of the ecosystem support each other in the
continuity of ecology, perhaps in a different form but always present.