A description of Pacific Northwest forests in terms of their collective characteristics:
Trees talk – sounds like an odd concept, but new advances in research on how forests are structured below the ground suggests that trees are networked together through their roots and intertwining funghi and are capable of nutrient exchange.
Suzanne Simard and her research group have produced some of the best experiments on record for attempting to understand forests. The following link is for her most recent TED talk titled “How Trees Talk to Each Other”.
Succession: Disturbance and How Forests Change PPT
Written Description of Secondary Succession
Invasive species, disturbance and forest succession. Source: Science August 2015. Article documents the emergence of the wooly adelgid in the eastern US and how this tiny insect has spelled the end of eastern hemlock forests.
Richard Preston: The Mysterious Lives of Giant Trees. Preston, a science writer, describes the redwoods of the western United States which are some of the oldest living things on the planet.