If asked to think of a rain forest, most people probably imagine a wall of green stuff dripping with rain water, and insects eating you up. In fact, the cloud forest is very different. The forest “floor” is pretty open, the canopy shades the ground, and we haven’t been bothered by biting insects at all. It’s still pretty wet, though.
When a tree falls, “succession” starts, and fast-growing but feeble grasses, brushes and trees race to the top. Soon, they will be replaced by slow-growing, resistant, sturdy trees, and the forest floor will open up again since these rapidly growing species don’t deal very well with shade. According to a book I read, it takes just 15 years for this to happen, but that doesn’t mean that it goes back to original, “primary” rain forest – there are sites that are still changing hundreds of years after they’ve been cut! Now, that’s an argument for preserving what untouched rain forest we have left.