Presentation on theme: "Temperate Rainforest Period 2 Ann Guinee, Meredith Wootton, and Gabriela Venditti."— Presentation transcript:
Temperate Rainforest Period 2 Ann Guinee, Meredith Wootton, and Gabriela Venditti
Characteristics Coniferous/broadleaf trees High rainfall Mosses, ferns and epiphytes are common Fungi acts as decomposers More nutrients than in the tropical rainforest Huge amount of biomass concentration Old-growth forests: some trees growing over two thousand years! Impressive redwood species Covers very small percentage of the earth
Climate 200-350cm of annual precipitation Mean annual temperature 39-54º F 4 distinct seasons Winters rarely below freezing Wet and dry seasons Coastal fog adds moisture to the environment during dry seasons
Tourism/Seasonal Forestry and Fisheries-See the connection between the surrounding forests and the fisheries! Visit during summer. You will find the eighty degrees F pleasantly warm while the natives complain about the sweltering heat. Also have a chance to see the wide variety of wildlife day and night.
Animal Adaptation: Slug Never get desiccated, due to the high humidity and lack of sun High variety of all slugs
Plant Adaptation: Evergreen Conifers Evergreen broadleaf trees are replaced by evergreen conifers, which are better adapted to shed snow and photosynthesize in cold temperatures.
Keystone Species: Elk Elk prevent overgrowth Pack the ground Tear off branches Non- migratory only in this biome
Environmental Threats: Logging Most temperate rainforests are old-growth Old growth trees provide different niches for animal species Most trees here are high ecological succession: not good for plantations Taking out the forest highly increases risk of flooding