If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it...
Carl, In the top 5 inches for forest soils in North Carolina, for example, 124 million arthropods estimated in one acre, 4.5 million are insects. In 3 inches of leaf litter and humus in a Pennsylvania forest sample, 9759 arthropods per square foot, figuring to 425 million arthropods per acre. A couple of takeaways:
1. You're never alone in the forest
2. With each falling tree, there are tens of thousands of lives lost.
I don't think we should be so cavalier about it. I think, for admitting to Ford ownership, you should figure out how many arthropods were in the footprint of your falling tree and then observe 3 minutes of silence for each one.