Resource on Earth Today
Forests are one of the most
valuable resources on the planet today.
Without forests it would be almost
impossible for any living thing to survive.
But, with this in mind many people
destroy forests. It is as though they
don't even care that they are dooming
themselves as well as the trees.
Hopefully through this article I can help
save the forest and help human kind, as
well as all other organisms, by telling
how important the forest is and how it
What is a Forest?
A forest is more than just a
bunch of trees growing next to each
other. A forest is a very complex system
of animals and plants, living in and on
fertile and suitable soil. Forests are
divided up into five different levels or
layers. These levels are the canopy,
herb, shrub, understory, and the forest
floor. The canopy layer is the top layer.
This is where photosynthesis takes place
and it's also where the leafy tops of the
trees are. This layer is home to a variety
of insects and squirrels. The next layer is
the understory. This is made up of
smaller trees and is home to birds and
climbing animals. The third layer is
known as the shrub layer. It is made up
of shrubs and vines. It also provides nuts
and berries. The next layer is the herb
layer. This layer is made up of soft green
plants and wildflowers. Birds, insects,
snakes, and toads also nest there. The
last and final layer is the forest floor.
This is the thick fertile soil covered by
twigs, branches, insects and detritus.
Why are Trees Important?
Trees are major erosion blockers.
Their leaves intercept rain and lower the
force of impact the water has on the
ground. Each tiny rain drop is like a
miniature bomb. It splatters and washes...