– Along the northern edge of the temperate zone are dense evergreen forests of coniferous trees.
– Winters here are bitterly cold, but summers are mild & long enough to allow the ground to thaw.
– Needleleaf coniferous trees such as spruce & fir; some broadleaf deciduous trees; & small, berry-bearing shrubs all participate in the dominant plant life of a boreal forest.
– Distributed throughout North America, Asia, & northern Europe.
– A boreal forest is sometimes referred to as taiga.