When you think of a forest you may entertain images of lush green wooded areas rich and dense with marvelous mix of deciduous and evergreen trees, thick shrubs and verdant plants. If you grew up anywhere east of the Mississippi this may be your first image of a forest as it was mine before my first trip west.
Several years ago I drove through the Inyo National Forest in eastern California and while I knew I was in a forest (that’s what the sign said) I wondered where those lush green trees were. While national forests have more to offer than my idea traditional forest, we drove for hours and found few trees, only shrubs, bristle cone pines and Joshua trees. The purpose of the national forest is to preserve the wilderness in its many different forms.
Same trip, while driving through Washington I noticed the mountains covered in evergreens, not a deciduous tree anywhere. Not the forests I was used to.
Knowing there were many types of forests was one thing but seeing them, experiencing them, transports you to a whole different world.
These are some different types of forests I will be covering in subsequent posts: tropical and temperate rainforests, conifer (cone bearing), deciduous (leaf shedding), temperate mixed (both cone bearing and leaf shedding), savannah (sparse trees), Mediterranean (California coast), xerophytic (desert) and wetlands.