THE BLACK FOREST

Encompassing around 2,300 square miles, Germany’s Black Forest (or Schwarzwald) is only the second largest forest in Germany in terms of area . But its reputation is certainly the largest on the globe stage. It’s mythical woods are promptly ominous and endearing, well-traveled and haunting Forests of the world.

The Black Forest is called for its remarkably dense canopy, which causes it to be very dark at the ground level. Even so, it’s one among the most beloved tourist destinations in Germany, noted for its old world villages and stunning natural beauty.

It’s also a very frequented ski spot, and features a famous spa town called Titisee-Neustadt. Consequently, it’s well protected and regarded by Germans as a national treasure.

This is where cuckoo clocks come from, also countless tales of witches and werewolves. The forest borders France and Switzerland, and is part of the continental divide, with watersheds draining to the Atlantic and the Black Sea .

In terms of mountains, evergreens, streams, and lakes, it doesn’t get more forest-y than this. It’s also laden with vineyards, castles, and villages. Forests of the world

VIRGIN KOMI FORESTS

The Virgin Komi Forests– the largest old growth in Europe– are located in Russia’s Ural Mountains, expanding across roughly 12,500 square miles.

The Virgin Komi are composed of two Russian wilderness areas, the Pechora-Ilych Nature Reserve and Yugyd Va park , and were protected as a UNSECO treasure in 1995. They were the primary natural site in Russia ever to get the honour.

In reality, The Virgin Komi Forests are a part of the Taiga, the much larger forest system that appeared earlier on this list. But, due to their United Nations designation as a site of distinction, they warrant a place all their own on the list of the world’s largest forests.

The forests are primarily a mixture of Siberian spruce , fir, and larch, under which roam Reindeer, Sables, and Mink. Unfortunately, the forests became increasingly.

GREAT LAKES – ST. LAWRENCE

The Great Lakes–St. Lawrence forest is in Canada. Measuring around 45,000 square miles, it’s Canada’s second biggest forest in Ontario. But it’s only a fraction of the size of the boreal forest.

Ecologically speaking, the area is considered a transition zone between the evergreens (such as spruces, hemlocks, and other conifers) of the boreal forest and also the deciduous trees (such as oaks, birches, and maples) of the more southerly forests in the US.

The forest includes predator wildlife, like Bears and Wolves. there’s also many big prey for them, in the form of Moose and Deer. Water-loving mammals like Beavers, Otters, and Muskrats are prevalent as well, as are some 220 species of birds.

Unfortunately, less than 5% of the original forest remains intact, due largely to agriculture and concrete development. As a result, the Saint Lawrence River is considered one among the most polluted in the world, and the forest’s future remains vulnerable. Forests of the world.

LACANDON JUNGLE

The Lacandon Jungle stretches east across Mexico’s southernmost state, Chiapas, into the Yucatan and down into Guatemala. In total, it includes over 7,300 square miles of gorgeous lakes, rivers, and waterfalls.

At the middle of the Lacadon Jungle is the Monte Azules Biosphere Reserve in Chiapas. Much of the forest outside this reserve has been partially damaged. However, it’s still the largest montane rainforest in North America.

Within the jungle, there are several sacred Mayan archeological sites, including Palenque and Bonampak. Nowadays, the Lacandon Maya (who have legal title to most of the reserve lands) are at odds with the Zapatistas, who would like to farm it.

The forest includes gigantic trees, like the Ceiba (Tree of Life for the Mayan People) and Guanacaste, and large flora, like elephant ears and palms. Macaws, Monkeys, Jaguars, and Crocodiles all call these woods their home, as do many tropical birds.

SEQUOIA FORESTS

The huge forests of the Sierra Nevada mountains have to be on this list because they’re home to Sequoias, the biggest trees on the earth . It’s believed to be over 2000 years old, weighing over 2.5 million pounds and stretching over 275 feet tall.

The Sequoia groves are all located in south-central California, within the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. they can be visited in Yosemite, Sequoia. and King’s Canyon National Parks. Camping is offered, and Black Bears are frequently spotted there.

There are coastal redwood forests (the tallest trees on the planet) in California also . But those are located along the northern coast, starting slightly below the Bay Area. Sequoia and Redwood trees are often mistakenly considered the same, but they are actually distinctly different. Forests of the world.

TONGASS

The Tongass National Forest in southeastern Alaska is the United States’ largest national forest at 26,500 square miles. about a third of that area is managed as completely uncultivated..

The biggest tourist attraction in these forests are glaciers. this is one among the few spots where some of the 100,000 glaciers in Alaska reveal themselves as enormous ice sheets. Mendenhall Glacier , near Juneau, is definitely the most visited.

That said, the Tongass also has fantastic wildlife spotting. Bears are commonplace in the region and can be seen fishing in the creeks, where the Salmon run.

Additionally, there are tons of recreational activities, like boating, camping, hiking, and fishing. Over 150 cabins are available for rent in the Tongass.

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