chapter  5
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Variability Among Forests

Perhaps to a desk-bound, suburban living, ordinary citizen a forest is a forest is a forest, but to the forester, or indeed to any other biologist with even modest familiarity with the forests of the United States, forests differ greatly in several important characteristics. For some purposes, and in some ways, generalizations about forests, as contrasted with other major uses of land, can safely be made. But in far too many cases, someone generalizes about all forests, based upon some rather limited personal knowledge about one kind of forest. Generalizing from too narrow a base and applying to all forests conclusions which may rightfully apply to some forests, may well introduce serious error.