The Latin word "Deciduous" means "to fall off" There for, a temperate deciduous forest is a forest that is not
hot nor cold and has leaves that fall off in Autumn. These trees lose their leaves in order to conserve water.
A Temperate Deciduous Forest contains numerous species of trees and hundreds of species of animals.
Average Rainfall: 29.5 inches
Average Temperatures in Summer: 82.4° F
Average Temperatures in Winter: 42.8°F
These forests consist of several layers of vegetation. These plants include shrubs, moss, ferns, and lichens because
they do not need much sunlight. The trees in the forest are hardwoods such as oak, hickory, maple, beech, birch,
and sweet gum.
Animals in these forests are so high in quantity that the my website server would crash before I listed all of them.
There is a very diverse population, all adapted to survive the season changes. Examples of animals include cardinals,
deer, black rat snake, opossum, mice, squirrell, ect.
The largest tree in the world is found right here in the United States.
You can find it in California. This giant sequoia tree is 275 feet tall and 95 feet around.
The largest forest in the world covers parts of Scandinavia and northern
Russia. It has over 3.5 million square miles of land covered in trees!
Most hardwood trees are used for firewood, construction, or art. Lots
of forests are being cut down for farm land.