7 Boreal Forest Fun Facts
Ariel Canie | March 2, 2023 | 6 min read
7 Fun facts about the Boreal Forest
The boreal forest, commonly referred to using the Russian name “taiga,” which means “coniferous forests”, is the world’s largest land biome. Boreal forests are defined as forests that grow in high altitudes and experience freezing temperatures for 6-8 months out of the year. Because boreal forests have adapted to thriving in cool temperatures, coniferous trees such as spruce and fir trees are the most common tree species found in boreal forests. Spanning across Canada, Norway, China, Finland, Russia, Sweden, Japan, and the United States, the boreal ecozone is an important component in carbon sequestration, water purification, and climate regulation.
Learn more fun facts about boreal forests below!
7 Fun facts about the Boreal Forest:
5. Logging is the largest threat to boreal forests
Approximately 1 million acres of forest are clearcut in the Canadian boreal forest alone each year. Most logging goes towards making paper products such as toilet paper and facial tissues. This is why it’s important to ensure that any paper or wood products you purchase are sustainably-sourced.
7. Many endangered species live in the boreal forests
As mentioned before, the primary threat to boreal forests is logging, which has led to many species becoming endangered. Endangered species that rely on the boreal forests as their habitat include the grizzly bear, woodland caribou, wolverine and Siberian tiger.
8. Boreal forests experience very low precipitation
Boreal forests usually experience very little precipitation, and when it does rain or snow, the cool temperatures often slow evaporation. This is why it’s very common to find swamps, bogs, lakes, and rivers within boreal forests. Canada’s boreal forest contains more surface freshwater than anywhere else in the world!