seeking to escape from the confines of city
life, which hems us about by concrete buildings,
it is forests that draw us most irresistibly.
Their attraction goes far beyond just the promise
of clean air and exercise, especially when we
recall that humanity's existence depends on
their preservation. Some of the most beautiful
and extensive forests in Turkey are those of
the western and central Black Sea regions, with
their high precipitation and temperate climate.
Since the forests cover a wide range of altitude,
temperature variations and soil types, they
are composed of a wide range of tree species,
including many trees of great age, and are home
to a great diversity of wildlife. The large
areas of natural deciduous forest contain species
such as beech, the most common tree of all,
Oriental beech, hornbeam, chestnut, linden,
alder, common ash, various species of maple,
oak, birch, poplar and cornelian cherry. Conifers
include mainly firs, but also black pine, yew
and Scot's pine.