forest floor


Definition of forest floor

: the richly organic layer of soil and debris characteristic of forested land

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Recent Examples on the Web The woodland is marked by towering hardwoods, and the forest floor is full of shrubs and wildflowers that peak in the spring. Washington Post, "Biden put Wilmington on the map — but for garden lovers, it was already a destination," 28 Dec. 2020 The most dangerous task Haycraft faced was simply navigating a forest floor littered with giant dead trees and covered with decades of decayed bark and pine needles. Bruce Selcraig,, "Back from California’s hellscape, San Antonio area firefighters recall hard fight," 3 Oct. 2020 For more than a century, the United States’ approach to forest management has centered on extinguishing fires as quickly as possible, rather than allowing some low-impact fires that would help to effectively cleanse the forest floor. Gregory Thomas,, "Why we need redwoods to fight climate change," 25 Sep. 2020 And a lot of small game species tend to be on the ground (not in trees) in winter, so keeping your eyes glued to the forest floor is doubly beneficial. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "Right Now is The Best Time to Be a Public-Land Small-Game Hunter," 12 Jan. 2021 The logging also doesn’t necessarily remove the small growth and dead material on the forest floor that helps fuel more intense wildfires. Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times, "Billions of dollars spent on fighting California wildfires, but little on prevention," 23 Dec. 2020 Above our heads, great green plumes filtered the sunlight, which splashed generously onto the forest floor in some places and merely speckled it in others. New York Times, "The Social Life of Forests," 2 Dec. 2020 Then the mats were covered with light seed from native shrubs and grasses and covered with debris from the forest floor. Dennis Pillion |, al, "Saving Alabama’s ancient forests one acorn at a time," 12 Nov. 2020 The Bobcat fire has scorched more than 115,000 acres, leaving a forest floor carpeted in gray, burned flecks of brush and trees. Los Angeles Times, "High winds carry ash from Bobcat fire into L.A. Basin, causing bad air quality," 26 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of forest floor

1849, in the meaning defined above

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5 Feb 2021

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“Forest floor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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