Nature Notes

August 29, 2009

The Temperate Rain Forest

Filed under: British Columbia,Scenic — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am


When we hear about Rain Forests, most of us probably think of hot climates, and places like Ecuador and Costa Rica. However, the Northwest Pacific coast of North America also has a Rain Forest. This includes parts of British Columbia, Washington State and Oregon, as well as parts of Alaska and northern California, places which can have a generally cool climate.

What gives these places a Rain Forest is the coastal mountain ranges which create a high level of rainfall. This climate produces an incredible diversity of life, just like the Tropical Rain Forest does.

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  1. The temperate rainforests of the Pacific NW, are not characterized by high levels of biodiversity; but rather by high amounts of biomass, comparable to some tropical rainforests.
    A single acre of temperate rainforest might at best support hundreds of different types of trees and shrubs, while an acre of forest within many tropical rainforests, can be home to thousands of differing types of plants, shrubs and trees.

    Comment by jamesofthecommons — May 20, 2017 @ 4:09 am

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