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The Forest Biome
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The Forest Biome

As life on our planet took hold hundreds of millions of years ago, the first forests grew plants as tall as 40 feet. Today, forests cover one-third of Earth’s land area, but many are threatened as human populations increase.

Discover different types of forests and the big threats to their continued existence.

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Adirondack Park: Forever Wild

Adirondack Park: Forever Wild

Maple and birch, fir and spruce: Logging and industry once damaged the forests of Adirondack Park in New York. Take a look at them now. More...

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National Geographic
Beyond the Wine Bottle: Cork Grows Up

Beyond the Wine Bottle: Cork Grows Up

Stripping a tree of its bark actually keeps cork oak trees healthy. Not stripping the bark can stunt the trees' growth. Examine the cork production industry in Portugal. More...

Article
Modern Farmer
Britain’s Largest Tree

Britain’s Largest Tree

Follow a naturalist more than 167 feet up the biggest tree in Britain to measure it and find out what’s living in it. Bonus question: What keeps this tree healthy? More...

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BBC
Deciduous Forests Quiz

Deciduous Forests Quiz

Take this quiz to find out what you know about the animals, trees, and more in a deciduous forest, one of the world's major biomes. More...

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SoftSchools.com
European Forests

European Forests

Forests cover nearly half of the land area of Europe. From cork forests in the Mediterranean to taiga forests in Finland, explore their variety of plant and animal species. More...

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ARKive
Forest Facts

Forest Facts

More than just a place for trees and animals, forests help keep the Earth healthy. Find out why trees are called great air conditioners and more about the benefits they provide. More...

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American Forests
Forest Wildfire Protection

Forest Wildfire Protection

The U.S. Forest Service burned trees to protect a Wisconsin forest and keep a huge wildfire in check. Discover the reasoning behind this action. More...

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National Geographic
Forests: Glacier National Park

Forests: Glacier National Park

Find out all about the types of forests that cover more than half of Glacier National Park in Montana. More...

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National Park Service
Interactive Forest Map

Interactive Forest Map

Locate national forests and grasslands in the U.S. and explore more about tree planting and treasured landscapes. More...

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National Forest Foundation
Scientist Profile: Forest Canopy Researcher

Scientist Profile: Forest Canopy Researcher

Meet Nalini Nadkarni, who studies plants that grow on other plants (epiphytes). She created the "master caster" to explore the forest canopy. More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS
Sustainable Forestry

Sustainable Forestry

Discover sustainable forestry, or how effective management of the logging process can help the long-term health of forests and provide certified wood for building. More...

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National Geographic
The Great Bear Rainforest

The Great Bear Rainforest

British Columbia is home to the largest coastal temperate rainforest. Explore the thousands of plant and animal species in the Great Bear Rainforest, including herring and white "Spirit" bears. More...

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EARTH A New Wild/PBS
Working for the Great Outdoors

Working for the Great Outdoors

Research a scientist, a fuels planner, even a criminal investigator. Read interviews with people who hold these jobs and others at the USDA Forest Service. More...

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U.S. Forest Service

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