How does biodiversity help an ecosystem?

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Author's Note: How does biodiversity help an ecosystem?

OK, I know what you're saying. If I'm such a biodiversity nut, why am I always cutting down trees? Let me draw you a picture. Most are dead, and two have fallen on the house, most recently when Superstorm Sandy slammed into New England. I realize that some birds might be displaced when I cut down those trees. But, by replacing the deadwood with grasses and flowers, I'll create a more wonderful ecosystem and I won't have to worry every time a mighty wind blows.

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