- To introduce students to the properties of forest floors, the processes that occur in forest floors, and the description of forest floor
- To introduce students to organic horizons under well drained and poorly drained conditions.
- To introduce students to the main types of humus forms, and provide students with the tools to undertake a basic humus form classification
- To identify the forest floor as an integral component of soils and forest ecosystems
The forest floor influences, and is influenced by, the vegetation growing at any given location. Material shown on this website follows the taxonomic classification of humus forms derived by Green et al. (1993) and soil horizon description as presented by the Soil Classification Working Group (1998). As such, this information is most relevant for forests of coastal British Columbia, Canada.