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Life in the Beech Forest
Shirakami-Sanchi lies in an area of heavy snowfall and comprises a pure Japanese beech forest that can survive under such snowy conditions. The gray-white beech tree trunks upstanding on a bamboo grass floor is a unique forest landscape to East Asia. The beech forest is known for its function of conserving water as well as being the habitat for many of wildlife species.

Fagus crenata

Life History of Beech

The Water Conservation Function of Beech Forests


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