What do we live in?
We live in a Temperate Deciduous Forest.
This is just one of many seasonal biomes.
Being seasonal means that we have an annual
change in our environments climate.
Ohio is not the only place with a Temperate
Deciduous Forest biome.
Across the world you can find this around in
eastern North America, Western Europe,
China, Korea, Australia and Japan.
How can you tell?
Ways to tell that you live in this biome are known as
Oak, Dutchman’s-Breeches, Redbud, Sassafras are the
known plant species that indicate this biome.
The American Toad, Eastern Chipmunk, Eastern Grey
Squirrel and Yellow Breasted Chat are the indicator
animals for this biome.
Threats to our biome.
As a biome full of rich nutrient soil, it is no
surprise that a major threat to the
environment is the expanding farm and
agricultural land as well as the developing
cities. Massive logging campaigns and acid
rain are the other two major factors playing
in destroying our land.
A little fact.
The area where we live in (North-Eastern
Ohio) is derived from what is known as a
Second-Growth Forest. This means that
where we live currently is regrowing from a
massive forest cut down. The trees we see
are almost all new and growing after large
scale cuttings years before.
Reasons for our rich soil.
In the fall season, much of our trees lose
their leaves and acorns. These laying on the
ground decompose and add rich nutrients to
our soils. Also small animals burrowing nuts
in the ground for later, plant new trees
which help keep soil intact and give a
habitat for species to live in.