A forest is a setting in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts because its parts—soil, water, wildlife, and various plants, including trees—work together to form a self-perpetuating natural community, or ecosystem. Alabama is one of the most forested regions in the world. The state contains scores of forest communities, in which there is an abundance of natural habitats and a great variety of native plants and animals. The virtual field trips below describe the importance of Alabama forests and highlights pertinent forest history and key concerns for the future.
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