What are the features of natural forest?

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Feb 14, 2018

A natural forest is a generally multilayered vegetation unit dominated by trees, whose combined strata have overlapping crowns, and where grasses in the herbaceous stratum are generally rare.


Natural forests originate from the original forest cover i.e. the forest reproduces naturally. It is thus a forest which has spontaneously generated itself on the location and which consists of naturally immigrant tree species and strains.

Natural forests might be managed to some extent or be unmanaged i.e. untouched. Naturalness may also be considered as an indication of human impact in forests. When left unmanaged or actively restored, forests grow into stands whose structure resembles forests in their natural state.