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Forest definition[edit]

The forest definition in the lead section is too simple, as it is only concerned with a part of the forest, the trees. I have found a more comprehensive definition in "Young, Raymond. Introduction to forest Science.Wiley.”, that conveniently modified to avoid copyrights infringement could be as follows:

The forest is a community of living organisms, that interact mutually and with the physical environment, characterized by the fact that contain trees, which constitute the larger part of their biomass.--Auró (talk) 08:41, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
Done.--Auró (talk) 12:17, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Forest Description[edit]

Forests are central to all human life because they provide a diverse range of resources: they store carbon dioxide, aid in regulating climate, purify water, generate air (oxygen) and mitigate natural hazards such as floods. Forests are very productive, as each mature tree produces atleast ten new trees each year, over a 50 to 100 year life span, though under natural conditions most forest trees grow on for several 100 years. Left on their own, forests advance rapidly in a decade or so. Each hectare of dense forest absorbs about 5 to 20 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year, depending on the forest type and climate. Many of the fruits and some household pets, are thought to have originated from the forests, and were domesticated and developed on farms and in villages close to the forests.

AesopSmart (talk) 01:52, 16 October 2014 (UTC)

Yes, but the statement about the quantity of carbon dioxide stored should be based on some reference, or not included.--Auró (talk) 21:22, 16 October 2014 (UTC)

The data mentioned above is obtained from the reference values of the UNFCCC for clean development mechanisms with forestry.

AesopSmart (talk) 06:39, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

All your statements need to be referenced, they need to be meaningful, they need to be accurate and the style needs to be encylopaedic.
What does "central to all human life" even mean? Such a statement is not encyclopaedic. Forests aren't central to the life a traditional Eskimo, for example. Such a statement is not encyclopaedic or meaningful.
Forest aren't generally or globally net oxygen producers, in fact most forests are not oxygen consumers. "Very productive" is also vague. NPP in forests is higher than in deserts, but lower than in many grasslands or polar oceans. So such statement is not accurate or encyclopedic.
The claim that each tree in a forest produces at least 10 new trees a year is unreferenced an clearly bunkum. Even by the most lenient reading of the statement and assuming that it takes 50 years for a tree to reach maturity, if a forest started with just one tree per hectare, then after 50 years there would be 51 mature trees per hectare, after 100 years there would be >2600 trees per hectare etc. If the Amazon rainforest has existed in situ for at just 10, 000 years it would need to contain over 3 trillion trees per hectare if this statement were in any sense true. At this point the weight of the trees in the Amazon would be slightly more than the weight of the Earth itself. The statement is patently absurd.
When you can address these obvious errors, we can consider adding this material to the article.Mark Marathon (talk) 08:42, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

Forests spread very rapidly, when left alone, without any human intervention or interference. AesopSmart (talk) 01:08, 11 November 2014 (UTC)

"A species' forest is of, by, and for all the other native plants, animals, fungi and soil microbes which have occupied that forest, grassland, desert or sea." --- Species Forest, Inc., Shelburne, Massachusetts USA

The Wiki definition does not say the species are the occupants let alone the rightful occupants of the forests.Rstafursky (talk) 10:31, 14 March 2017 (UTC) I agree! Wow!!! — Preceding unsigned comment added by HaJuTe (talkcontribs) 10:17, 11 December 2017 (UTC)

Why does "subcanopy" redirect here?[edit]

Not mentioned in article. Is it part of the forest canopy, or the part immediately beneath it, or...? Equinox (talk) 20:55, 10 September 2015 (UTC)

geological time[edit]

not mentioned is the huge period of time where forests existed on Earth / where forests and when forests originated — Preceding unsigned comment added by 212.95.7.115 (talk) 08:10, 29 May 2016 (UTC)

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