Fun Facts about Forests:
– The Boreal forest (aka Taiga) is the largest land habitat on the planet.
– More species of plant and animal live in the rainforest than any other land habitat.
– Not all rainforests are tropical.
– More than 25% of the medicines we use originate in rainforest plants.
– The forests are the lungs of our planet.
– Orangutans are the largest tree-dwelling mammal.
– The tallest tree in the world is called Hyperion.
– The world’s oldest tree is a pine tree from the White Mountains in California and it is an incredible 5063 years old.
– Forests cover around 4 billion hectares or 30 percent of Earth’s land surface.
– Forests have hundreds of billions of trees.
– Forests store massive amounts of carbon and afford other important ecosystem services upon which life on Earth depends.
– The world still loses vast areas of forest every year.
– Most forest loss is the result of human activities.
– Some of the best protected forests are those occupied by indigenous peoples.
– There is a tree named Pando that is technically an entire forest. It is a clonal colony of 4700 Aspens in Utah that all share the same root system.
– Hurricane Katrina uncovered an underwater forest off Alabama Coast that is 50,000 years old.
– More than 80% of the Earth’s natural forests have already been destroyed.
– There is a 2400 year old giant “honey mushroom” in Oregon, covering 2200 acres, slowly killing off the forest. It is the largest living organism on the planet.
– China has planted the biggest artificial forest in the world to stop the spread of the Gobi desert.
– On Earth, there was a time when forests didn’t decompose as no life had evolved to eat trees yet.
– Forests cover one-third of the world’s land area and host more than half of the world’s land-based plant and animal species.
– Trees in forests are natural aqueducts, redistributing up to 95 percent of the water they absorb to where it’s needed most.
– Wood fuel provides 40 percent of today’s global renewable energy supply.
– The world is witnessing a net loss of 3.3 million hectares of forest area a year – an area the size of Moldova.
– The Hevea brasiliensis tree in the Amazon rainforest is a great source of natural rubber.
– In July 2013, Thailand began planting millions of trees by dropping “seed bombs.”
– There is a massive rain forest in the north of Iran.
– In 2011 3-D mapping revealed an ancient Mayan city under a Guatemalan rain forest.
– Alaska has a rainforest and its the largest one in the United States.