forest

an ecosystem characterized by a more or less dense and extensive tree cover, often consisting of stands varying in characteristics such as species composition, structure, age class, and associated processes, and commonly including meadows, streams, fish, and wildlife —note forests include special kinds such as industrial forests, nonindustrial private forests, plantations, public forests, protection forests, and urban forests, as well as parks and wildernesssee forest technician, forester, forestry, old-growth forest, second-growth forest, urban forestry, virgin forest This definition last updated 01/17/2011