The Training of a Forester, Paragraph Gap Fill
Six sentences/paragraphs have been removed from the reading text. Above the text, you will find the six removed paragraphs PLUS one paragraph which doesn't fit. Choose from the sentences (A-G) the one which fits each gap (1-6). Remember, there is one extra paragraph you do not need to use. For each question, put ONLY the correct letter.
Use these paragraphs to fill the spaces below. There is one extra you do not need to use.
A. Not only has a forest a character of its own, which arises from the fact that it is a community of trees, but each species of tree has peculiar characteristics and habits also.
B. A forest is not a mere collection of individual trees, just as a city is not a mere collection of unrelated men and women, or a Nation like ours merely a certain number of independent racial groups. A forest, like a city, is a complex community with a life of its own. It has a soil and an atmosphere of its own, chemically and physically different from any other, with plants and shrubs as well as trees which are peculiar to it.
C. Thus, a river birch will die if it has only as much water as will suffice to keep a post oak in the best condition, and the warm climate in which the balsam fir would perish is just suited to the requirements of a long leaf pine or a magnolia.
D. Trees are limited in their distribution also by their adaptability, in which they vary greatly.
E. In particular, it is the art of handling the forest so that it will render whatever service is required of it without being impoverished or destroyed.
F. This area must be managed just as a farm would be managed or indeed any factory that you see in the city as you pass by on your way to work. An unmanaged forest will be as unproductive as an abandoned farm or a factory whose workers have been sent home.
G. Perhaps the strongest weapon which trees have against each other is growth in height. In certain species intolerant of shade, the tree which is overtopped has lost the race for good.
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