Tree Conservation Essay

Understory , Erosion , Tree

  • Oct 8, 1999
  • 787 Words
Trees the Most Valuable

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...
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