The pine trees have started adding new, bright green needles and the understory is still snow covered. No flowers have bloomed in the shade of the pines but I can imagine seeds under the leaf litter taking root and waiting for another week of warmth.
The nearest edge is about 100 ft away from the edge of my plot. The edge effect includes noise from traffic and the housing complex. However, the pine trees help eliminate wind and exposure to the sun. My place provides a protective, dense overstory for edge favorable wildlife. I don’t think my place provides a great habitat for forest interior species because the understory is very open to the edge.