Turbulent velocity, temperature, water vapor concentration, and other scalars were measured at the canopyatmosphere interface of a 13-14-m-tall uniform pine forest and a 33-m-tall nounuiform hardwood forest. These measurement were used to investigate whether the mixing layer (ML) analogy of Raupach et al. predicts eddy sizes and now characteristics responsible for much of the turbulent stresses and vertical scalar fluxes. For this purpose, wavelet spectra and cospectra were derived and analyzed. It was found that the MI. analogy predicts well vertical velocity variances and integral timescales. However, at low wavenumbers, inactive eddy motion signatures were present in horizontol velocity wavelet spectra, suggesting that MI. may not be suitable for scaling horizontal velocity perturbations. Momentum and scalar wavelet cospectra of turbulent stresses and scalar fluxes demonstrated that active eddy motion, which was shown by Raupach et al. to be the main energy contributor to vertical velocity (w) spectral energy (E ). is also the main scalar flux-transporting eddy motion. Predictions using ML of the peak E, frequency are in excellent agreement with measured waveled cospectral peaks of vertical fluxes (Kh = 1.5, where K is wavenumber and h is canopy height). Using Lorentz wavelet thresholding of vertical velocity time series, wavelet coefficients associated with active turbulence were identified. It was demonstrated that detection frequency of organized structures, as predicted from Lorentz wavelet filtering, relate to the arrival frequency __/h and integral timescale, where ____ is the mean horizontal velocity at height z = h. The newly proposed wavelet thresholding approach, which relies on a"global" wavelet threshold formulation for the energy in w, provides simultaneous energy-covariance-preserving characterization of "active" turbulence at the canopy-atmosphere interface. m__