We thought the International Day of Forests was the perfect excuse to share a few beautiful photos of these biodiverse wonders.
Found near the equator, tropical forests are characterized by year-round high temperatures, plentiful rainfall and thick, lush growth.
Most of the precipitation in cloud forests (also known as montane forests) comes from a mist that rises up from the lowlands. These forests can be found in tropical, subtropical, and temperate zones.
Temperate forests—located in eastern North America, northeastern Asia, and western and eastern Europe–typically feature a combination of coniferous and deciduous evergreens.
Plantation forests—covering more than 345 million acres of land around the globe—produce around 40 percent of all industrial wood.
Mediterranean forests have a short growing season and a mix of hard and soft wood trees. They can be found along the coasts of California, Chile, Western Australia, and (you guessed it!) the Mediterranean.