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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The effects of anthropogenic transformation of this temperate rain forest landscape are significant, persistent, and interpretable.
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.
Nearly unanimously, Americans opposed removing protections from the Tongass, which contains the world's largest remaining tracts of coastal temperate rain forest. Less than 1 percent of the comments received by the Forest Service favored exempting the Tongass from the roadless rule.