ETYM Old Fren. forest, French foręt, Late Lat. forestis, also, forestus, forestum, foresta, prop., open ground reserved for the chase, from Latin foris, foras, out of doors, abroad. Related to Foreign.
1. Land that is covered with trees and shrubs; SYN. woodland, timberland, timber.
2. The trees and other plants in a large densely wooded area; SYN. wood, woods.
Veća uzvisina, planina.
To cover with trees or wood.
Area where trees have grown naturally for centuries, instead of being logged at maturity (about 150–200 years). A natural, or old-growth, forest has a multistory canopy and includes young and very old trees (this gives the canopy its range of heights). There are also fallen trees contributing to the very complex ecosystem, which may support more than 150 species of mammals and many thousands of species of insects.
The Pacific forest of the west coast of North America is one of the few remaining old-growth forests in the temperate zone.
It consists mainly of conifers and is threatened by logging— less than 10% of the original forest remains.