Some general names of forests are tropical rainforest, temperate deciduous forest, temperate coniferous forests, alpine forests and boreal forests, which are also known as taiga or subalpine. Forests are named or classified according to their environment and the types of trees that grow in them.
Within their groups, forests also share similar soil type and animal life. North America includes many types and subtypes of forests. Some unique forests that have interesting and fantastical names include the Crooked Forest, named for the strange shape of its pine trees, and Dark Entry Forest. Located near a ghost town, the Dark Entry Forest is so named for the darkly sinister happenings that seem to haunt the area.