Forests, like many things on this earth, come in all shapes and sizes. Some are vast and spread as far as the eye can see, while others are just a small conglomeration of what’s left of an endangered species of tree. Approximately 9.4 percent of the Earth is covered in forests, though they once stretched across much more of the planet’s surface.
Protecting these incredible landscapes means preserving their unique flora and fauna for future generations to enjoy. From the towering giant sequoias in the Sequoia National Forest, to the dragon’s blood trees of Socotra, Yemen, each of these forests will leave you awestruck and amazed at just how beautiful this planet can be.
1. Avenue of the Baobabs; 2. Tongass National Forest; 3. Socotra Island; 4. The Great Banyan; 5. Deadvlei Forest; 6. Sequoia National Forest; 7. Sunken Forest of Lake Kaindy
Lauren Leising is a freelance writer based in Athens, Georgia.