I have been forced out of the woods by deer-hunting season and must find a safer place to walk.
With a 200+ acre forest on one side and an 80+ acre forest on the other, the paved path called Swamp Creek Road will be my standard route for the next few weeks. Even narrow roads like this one carve a space wide enough to change conditions. It’s called edge habitat.
The edge effect can be considered valuable or detrimental to an ecosystem, depending on where it is and how you look at it. But there’s no arguing: walking the road is very different from walking the woods.