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Cynthia, I think what you're talking about is on more of a commercial level. I don't believe one person getting a little compost for their back yard can possibly take enough for the forest floor to notice the difference. I agree too much removal would be a very bad thing. But even getting a pickup truck load would be almost too much work to be worth it. Small scale I think is fine.

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I *still* can't remember where I read this, but it was on the order of independent farmers bringing out wheelbarrows of the stuff, not tractor-loads.

Forest ecosystems are pretty fragile, with very small margins of survivability. My personal recommendation would be not to take any of the "duff" out of a forest.


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I agree with Cynthia. You can get leaves and stuff for free WITHOUT potentially harming a VERY sensitive ecosystem.

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