Forests are complex ecosystems where connections between the trees, plants and animals and environmental factors such as climate, rainfall and soil conditions are not always obvious. Scientific research to better understand forest ecosystems informs the use of forest management techniques that help keep forests healthy and improve fish and wildlife habitat.
The study of forests has also revealed just how much we rely on them. Forests filter our drinking water and clean the air we breathe. And because they store carbon, forests play another crucial role: mitigating the impacts of global climate change.
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