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temperate rainforest

[′tem·prət ′rān‚fär·əst]
(ecology)
A vegetation class in temperate areas of high and evenly distributed rainfall characterized by comparatively few species with large populations of each species; evergreens are somewhat short with small leaves, and there is an abundance of large tree ferns. Also known as cloud forest; laurel forest; laurisilva; moss forest; subtropical forest.
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Therefore, while the general, qualitative responses to deforestation and fragmentation may be predicted with a reasonable degree of accuracy, once temperate rain forest communities have been so altered, the challenge of restoring the structure of the se complex systems may be well beyond our current abilities to understand and manage.
The most biologically rich portion of the temperate rain forest is the soil, where at least 8,000 species of arthropods (insects, spiders, centipedes, and millipedes) play a critical role in recycling nutrients to the trees.
To assess the generality of patterns found in dry sclerophyll woodland, the relationship between local abundance and abundance throughout geographical ranges was also investigated for flowering plant species of temperate rain forest, using data on species abundance within communities of 15 ha of undisturbed vegetation obtained from Turner and Vernon (1994).
He wants to show me what a pristine temperate rain forest really looks like.
Encompassing more than 26,000 square miles, the Tongass is bigger than 10 states and is the world's largest temperate rain forest.
Located in the wettest part of the state, just south of the Oregon border, the Smith flows through a temperate rain forest of redwood and fir trees, ferns, and moss.
Cape Perpetua's 26 miles of trails interconnect, and hikers who start at the tide pools can ascend into temperate rain forest, a result of the 105 inches of annual precipitation, Meznarich said.
We conducted this research in a temperate rain forest watershed on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
The nation's largest intact temperate rain forest, the Tongass contains unspoiled water- sheds that are home to an array of wildlife, including bald eagles, wolves and brown bears, as well as five species of Pacific salmon that are critical to Alaska's vibrant fishing industry.
The Tillamook is a coastal, temperate rain forest where trees grow much faster and fire is infrequent.
The administration's plans for the Tongass threaten the nation's largest temperate rain forest, one that includes an extraordinary collection of wildlife and critical watersheds.
This time it's the cream of the Tongass National Forest - your forest - in Alaska, the largest remaining temperate rain forest on earth.