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forestal types and their importances The average person creates an infinite amount of thoughts per minute Within this vast amount of processed information a common American proceeds with his daily routine not giving any thought to survival without forests In the event of a possible forestal depletion life would dramatically change for the worse The importance of trees and its products is rarely given its deserved respect Taken for granted by most this significant element of our life is key to our survival on this planet There are many different types of forests located throughout the worlds nations depending primarily on climate The tropics contain more than half of the worlds forests Tropical forests supply half of the worlds annual harvest of hardwood hundreds of food products including coffee tea cocoa spices nuts chocolate and tropical fruits and materials such as natural latex rubber resins dyes and essential oils Trees are categorized within two types of growth each with their own importance Old-growth forests are those which have been in existence for hundreds or thousands of years With a lack of disturbance of any kind these uncut and regenerated forests provide homes to an immense amount of wildlife species In the United States more than ninety-five percent of old growth forests are gone Major issues arise between officials of timber companies and conservation biologists on the subject of old-growth forests The argument of whether to cut or preserve these lands is constantly disputed Second-growth forests are trees that have grown back after cutting The majority of forests in the United States are second-growth forests Many reside within a uniformly managed plantation When commercially valuable these trees are cut on regular cycles These cycles consist of replanting and then clear-cutting Between 1980 and 1995 the worlds area of tree farms doubled and by 1995 occupied a total area slightly smaller than the land area of Mexico The area devoted
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