Definition of forest

A forest is a place populated by trees and shrubs. In general, this is an area that has a large density of trees. Forests, especially the younger, absorb carbon dioxide, retain soil and regulate the water flow.
There are forests in virtually all regions of the world. Human activity, however, represents a risk for their conservation. Forests are struggling to grow and survive in areas where fires (fires) are frequent.

Among the several classes of forests, one which takes account of their birth and their history is one of the most common. In this sense, it is necessary to mention primary or native forests (which arise in a natural way and without large external interventions), secondary forests (regenerated from a first pruning) or artificial forest (planted by humans).

On the geographic location, there are tropical forests, subtropical forests, temperate forests (lush, conifers, valdiviennes or Mediterranean) and boreal forests, among others.

Forests are explored by the industry for the extraction of wood, rubber and other products. The forest trees allow the production of paper, for example.

Furthermore, forests are used as leisure spaces in order to be in contact with nature. It is important that people be prudent and responsible because most of the time, it is the negligence of the man who is at the origin of forest fires. It is for the authorities to set standards for the preservation of forests and to establish what are the areas where people can carry out recreational activities (make picnics, strolling, playing ball, etc.).