Mahogany, not being a native species to Philippine soil, is basically an alien; thus, native organisms do not recognize those trees and do not thrive in such forests.
“Didn’t you notice there are no birds?” she told me. “It’s so pretty but it’s a silent and dead forest.”
There are no birds, no insects, only a nearly dead soil due to the lethal chemicals that leak from the rotting leaves (emphasis mine). Native species are rarely found as seedlings beneath the canopy, and so, most significantly, there is no future for ten hectares of mahogany.”