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America's National Forests

America's National Forests

A forest is a large area of land covered with trees or other woody vegetation.  Forests are the dominant terrestrial ecosystem of Earth, and are distributed across the globe.  Forests account for 75% of the gross primary productivity of the Earth's biosphere, and contain 80% of the Earth's plant biomass. 

A forest consists of many components that can be broadly divided into two categories that are biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) components.  The number of trees in the world, according to a 2015 estimate, is 3 trillion, of which 1.4 trillion are in the tropics or sub-tropics, 0.6 trillion in the temperate zones, and 0.7 trillion in the coniferous boreal forests.

Did you know there are 155 National Forests in 41 States of the U.S.?  The USDA, Forest Service, & Ranger Districts supervise each national forest.  The headquarters of a national forest is called the Supervisor's office.  This office manages activities between districts, allocates budgets, and provides technical support to each district.  District Rangers from each district within a forest work for the Supervisor.

The state of Alabama has four national forests and manages six state forests.  Arizona has six national forests, while the state of California has seventeen national forests.  No matter which state you live in, or choose to visit, make sure to check out a national or state forest.  There are plenty of fun, family activities to do in your forest outing; from leaf rubbings, to learning the use of a compass, identifying forest sounds, and participating in Junior Ranger programs.  Explore and enjoy!


Source:   Wikipedia