The US boasts an extensive treasure of beautiful forests that support life and keep the general population healthy and breathing fresh clean air. While the demands made on our forests are high, awareness of how important these troves of forested areas truly are is not as high as it should be.
Forests cater to every aspect of human needs. In addition to food, materials and essential oxygen, forests work to counter the effects of pollution and global warming. Furthermore, the inviting surroundings of the forest environment have been found to promote calm and relaxation and even protect the body from certain types of cancers and systemic conditions.
In the following article, we will take a look at the various types of forests found across this beautiful country. As you will see, some are hot and some are cold and some don’t look much like a typical forest, but the functions they perform always remain the same – promoting life through softening the elements and creating an inviting home for the ecosystems they support.
Whether you are hale and hearty and looking for the source of your good health or feeling under the weather and looking for the natural remedies, you can find it all within the forest friends. The greatest forests in the US are Americans No. 1 Healthcare System and don’t cost a thing.
Beginning in the Deep South and the regions of Hawaii and Puerto Rico, tropical forests grow thick and tangled in the rain-soaked lands nearest the tropics. These warm forest regions are home to abundant animal and plant life. Even though tropical forests only cover a small portion of the world’s landmass, over half of animal species crowd into the steamy paradise where food is plenty and no one wants for water.1
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Trees in the tropical forests of the US grow tightly together as we can see in the Florida Everglades and Louisiana Swamp country. Those visiting either of these regions would need waterproof hiking gear and a trusty guide, as it is easy to get turned around in the dense foliage. Fortunately, most locations popular with visitors feature walkways, bridges or other forms of transportation to make the trek less daunting.
Various Tropical and Subtropical coniferous forests have adapted to hot drier regions of the south and can be found everywhere from Southern California across the Mexican Border to Texas. While these forests are typically hot and moisture levels are sometimes high, the only true “tropical rainforest” listed on the National Forest Registry is “El Yunque”, in Puerto Rico.
Across the next ring of latitude to the north, the sun is less direct and the temperature is perfect for trees of the temperate zones. The temperate forest features the brilliant transformations that clearly identify the changing seasons. Springs will feature flowering dogwoods and blossoming black cherries and a brilliant fiery forest display is scheduled for the fall.
Of course, summer is a great season to enjoy the oxygen-rich forest air as photosynthesis is working at maximum capacity, so be sure to pencil that in.
Temperate Forests are the Pride and Joy of the US and most States are blessed with at least one, or one pretty close by. These could be deciduous, the type that shed their leaves in the fall, or evergreen, the type that stays green all year round.
If you live near the East Coast, take a weekend trip to the Sierra Nevada and witness the awesome tranquility of the forests around Lake Tahoe. Pando, the 80,000-year-old colony of Quaking Aspens, is another trip that will thrill the mind and completely alter your perspective of time.
On the East Coast, the mixed forests of New England abound with Beech, Ash, Hickory, Maple, and Gumtrees that reveal striking color displays that fire the imagination when fall comes around and the forests prepare for winter. Those planning an extended trek into the deciduous forests will not regret making their plans for the fall season.
The evergreen is another temperate forest and is comprised largely of coniferous trees. Some of the best examples include the mighty Redwoods of California and the Ponderosa Pine forests of Colorado. While the coniferous forest lacks the brilliant charm of the deciduous forest during the fall, it compensates with a delectable forest fragrance from cypress, cedar, fir, pine, redwood, spruce.
Technically the Boreal Forest, also called the taiga, is limited to the Northern Reaches of Russia, Siberia, Scandinavia, and Canada. But, there are some regions of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and northern Appalachians in the US, where Boreal wildlife and trees have made a solid establishment.2
One of the most notable members of these Boreal forested communities is the Balsam Fir, which is always seen in abundance around the Christmas Season. Balsam firs are especially valued for their warm and fragrant attributes that make the home’s interior smell festive. This makes the Balsam Fir a popular source material for wreaths and centerpieces at year’s end celebrations.
The curative forest air found in wooded regions of the world has played an important role in keeping humans, animals and even other plants healthy all throughout the evolution of life on this beautiful planet. Getting more of these essential curative properties is the inspiration behind the MONQ Forest Blend Personal Diffuser.
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