About this Collection
Healthy forests are beneficial for people and wildlife. A healthy forest features a patchwork of open and densely forested spaces, contains a mix of trees and plants that reach different heights and sizes, allows sunshine and precipitation to reach the forest floor, and has large rocks, stumps and logs that provide hiding places and homes for wildlife. When forests are healthy, they produce enough food, water and shelter to support local wildlife, clean the air, reduce erosion into nearby streams and lakes, and are less susceptible to destructive wildfires. While wildfires are inevitable, not all fire is harmful to forests.