Definitions for "Forest Type"
The predominant species composition of the forest canopy trees. Forest type describes the dominant vegetation of the site, and may also be used as a proxy for a number of other characteristics of the ecosystem ( e.g. frequency of fire, moisture regime, soil). In a pine forest type, at least 70% of the upper canopy is occupied by pine trees, though many hardwoods are often present in the midstory and understory.
A classification of forest land based on the species presently forming a plurality of the live-tree stocking.
A descriptive term used to group stands of similar character in composition and development, to differentiate them from other groups of stands. See stand, type of.