What is forest?

  • (verb): Establish a forest on previously unforested land.
    Synonyms: afforest
    See also — Additional definitions below

Forest

A forest, also referred to as a wood or the woods, is an area with a high density of trees. As with cities, depending on various cultural definitions, what is considered a forest may vary significantly in size and have different classifications according to how and of what the forest is composed. A forest is usually an area filled with trees but any tall densely packed area of vegetation may be considered a forest, even underwater vegetation such as kelp forests, or non-vegetation such as fungi, and bacteria. Tree forests cover approximately 9.4 percent of the Earth's surface (or 30 percent of total land area), though they once covered much more (about 50 percent of total land area). They function as habitats for organisms, hydrologic flow modulators, and soil conservers, constituting one of the most important aspects of the biosphere.

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Shasta County, California - Flora and Fauna
... Shasta County has extensive forests, which cover over one half the land area with commercially productive forest systems ... Common forest alliances include mixed oak woodland and mixed conifer-oak woodland as well as douglas fir forest ...
Mummel Gulf National Park - History
... In the 1970s Enfield and Riamukka State Forests were expanded over former Crown lands to include the steep areas of the Mummel River catchment ... The Bicentennial National Trail which was first used in the 1970s follows the Mummel Forest Road to the east of the park ... In 1992 North-East Forest Alliance Forest (NEFA) protesters set up a camp in what is now Mummel Gulf National Park ...
Okanogan National Forest
... The Okanogan National Forest is a U.S ... National Forest located in northern and western Okanogan County in north-central Washington State, United States ... The 1,499,013-acre (2,342.2 sq mi, or 6066.3 kmĀ²) forest is bordered on the north by Canada, on the east by Colville National Forest, on the south by the divide ...
Wayne National Forest
... The Wayne National Forest is located in the south-eastern part of the US state of Ohio, in the Unglaciated Allegheny Plateau ... It is the only national forest in Ohio ... Forest headquarters are located between The Plains and Nelsonville, Ohio, on US Route 33, overlooking the Hocking River ...
Forest, Wisconsin
... Forest, Wisconsin is the name of some places in the U.S ... state of Wisconsin Forest County, Wisconsin Forest, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, a town Forest, Richland County, Wisconsin, a town Forest, St ... Croix County, Wisconsin, a town Forest, Vernon County, Wisconsin, a town Forest (community), Wisconsin, an unincorporated community in St ...

More definitions of "forest":

  • (noun): The trees and other plants in a large densely wooded area.
    Synonyms: wood, woods

Famous quotes containing the word forest:

    You have debased [my] child.... You have made him a laughingstock of intelligence ... a stench in the nostrils of the gods of the ionosphere.
    Lee, Dr. De Forest (1873–1961)

    If I were a Brazilian without land or money or the means to feed my children, I would be burning the rain forest too.
    Sting [Gordon Matthew Sumner] (b. 1951)

    What is most striking in the Maine wilderness is the continuousness of the forest, with fewer open intervals or glades than you had imagined. Except the few burnt lands, the narrow intervals on the rivers, the bare tops of the high mountains, and the lakes and streams, the forest is uninterrupted.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)