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A forest is a large area dominated by trees. Hundreds of more precise definitions of forest are used throughout the world, incorporating factors such as tree density, tree height, land use, legal standing and ecological function. According to the widely used Food and Agriculture Organization definition, forests covered four billion hectares (15 million square miles) or approximately 30 percent of the world's land area in 2006.
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.
Forests at different latitudes and elevations form distinctly different ecozones: boreal forests near the poles, tropical forests near the equator and temperate forests at mid-latitudes. Higher elevation areas tend to support forests similar to those at higher latitudes, and amount of precipitation also affects forest composition.
Human society and forests influence each other in both positive and negative ways. Forests provide ecosystem services to humans and serve as tourist attractions. Forests can also affect people's health. Human activities, including harvesting forest resources, can negatively affect forest ecosystems.

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  1. N

    Forest grove BB gun team

    for those that don’t know I help coach the youth BB gun team in forest grove. Over the long weekend the team went back to Rodgers Arkansas for the national match. We placed 26th out of 63 teams. One of our young ladies took third in individual overall out of about 441 shooters. Not bad for...
  2. T22

    Dunn Forest Turkey

    Hi all, got lucky and drew a Dunn Forest turkey permit. Went out this morning and saw a ton of turkeys near the 400 Road gate but it seemed they were all smart enough to be feeding in the safety zone. Did a good bit of walking on the east side of the Forest but I didn’t find a good spot for a...
  3. Cogs

    Gov Shutdown & Forest Help...

    I'm lining up some volunteers who are interested in helping out USFS and BLM on public lands. Chime in here if you might be willing to go lend a hand with a special need, if it arises. Not necessarily target shooting issues, just be willing to help with what ever the need may be (could be...
  4. trikerdon

    Signing in/ Target shooting in Tahuya State Forest

    Why is it I have to create a new password every time I come to this forum? Target shooting in Tahuya State Forest upsets nearby residents; DNR struggles to relocate site
  5. P

    New guy from Midland Georgia to Forest Grove Oregon “III%”

    just through in a southern hello out there
  6. ATCclears

    On forest fires

    I've read several articles in the past two years that essentially say we are now dealing with unintended consequences related to forest fires: Mother Nature historically had forest fires. We have become good at fire suppression. "Fuel" builds up in the forests due to fire suppression, and a...
  7. coyoteman5

    Is shooting allowed in Tillamook forest right now?

    Does anyone know if it open for shooting or where I can find information on it. I’m thinking there is a place to look but drawing a blank.
  8. trikerdon

    Shooting in the Tahuya Nat. Forest WA

    I was told by a gun shop near Belfair that I can target shoot in an area off of Hurd Rd. I have seen a map where it is called the Mission Hurd shooting area. I drove out to Hurd Rd today and went down about three miles. The guy at the gun shop said it wasn't too far down the road. Well, we...
  9. Ruben4864

    Larch Mountain Cleanup in SW Washington's Yacolt Burn State Forest 2018?

    I don't want to miss it this year, does any body know anything yet? Thanks!
  10. trikerdon

    Washington: Recreational Shooting Meeting for Tahuya State Forest

    On Tuesday, June 20, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (“DNR”) has scheduled a public meeting in Mason County to provide an update on planning for the possible construction of a target shooting range in the Tahuya State Forest. Last year, DNR held a series of public meetings...
  11. Gaazoak

    Capital forest questions

    Hey all, I been looking at going camping and shooting down in capital forest for a day trip. I seen old posts and just don't want to be disappointed if old info. Can anyone give me update where to shoot down there, if good campsite, sites to see? Thank you guys
  12. benchmark

    WA State National Forest Shooting

    Hello, I reside in Woodinville, WA and am seeking a place that I can shoot outdoors. I am a member of two places that have outdoor ranges nearby, but would like to have the opportunity to fire elsewhere. Are there any recommendations on public land and/or the National Forest that is anywhere...
  13. rangerlars

    Clean Up at Mt. Hood Forest March 18th!

    March 18, 2017, 9 AM - 12 Noon 36 Pit Cleanup, Mt Hood National Forest, Hwy 224 at the 36 Pit. Sponsored by; Trash No Land, USFS Mt Hood National Forest, Clackamas County Dump Stoppers and Northwest Firearms. Google Maps: Google...
  14. Zens

    S.1510 Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act - WASHINGTON

    OPPOSE! Here we go once again... another crap version of this 2010 bill that just will not die. This time however, it is gaining steam. Don't get me wrong, I love a healthy and balanced forest and believe some protections hold value and are/may be necessary to ensure these lands last for...
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