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clear-cut

1. adjective Easily understandable and unquestionable; free of doubt. I know you're unhappy about it, but grandma's will was clear-cut—all of her money goes to Elise. There is no one clear-cut path to success.
2. verb To cut down all the trees in a particular forested tract. The environmental group is attempting to stop the logging company from clear-cutting a vast swath of forest.
3. adjective Describing a forested tract that has been cut in such a way. The clear-cut tract looks like an alien landscape with its acres of stumps.
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Their kinder, gentler clear-cuts found an enthusiastic supporter in Sen.
Even a web site run by NASA called "Earth Observatory" shows a photo of a clear-cut with a caption that reads "Unfortunately, clearcutting destroys the diversity of the forest .
Although forest logging increases the amount of browse for moose (Alces alces), large clear-cuts can have detrimental effects in the short term due to a lack of protective cover (Girard and Joyal 1984, Courtois and Beaumont 2002, Courtois et al.
As with clear-cuts, potential sample sites were randomly selected from a list of sites derived from State Forest records.
The Lands Council, a group that opposes clear-cutting in national forests, passes out a brochure to travelers at Washington's Spokane International Airport titled Above the Beauty Strip: Your Aerial Guide to the Forests and Clear-cuts of the Northwest.
Patrick Moore of the industry-linked Forestry Alliance concurs, predicting VRH will still leave clear-cuts the size of football fields.
Woodcock woods are the sort that sprout in the first years after a forest fire or, in the absence of fire, after timbering operations such as clear-cuts.
The clear-cuts went straight to the Yellowstone border, fragmenting the greater Yellowstone ecosystem.
Clear-cuts sometimes cover vast regions; just one clear-cut southeast of Prince George, B.
However, the minister admitted that the image of Canadian forestry has suffered in recent months from stories in the media of killer mud slides in British Columbia linked to clear-cutting and of concerns about large clear-cuts affecting the climate.
The merger of Monster and HotJobs clear-cuts the playing field so that the next wave of innovation can begin in earnest," said John Sumser, publisher of The Electronic Recruiting News.
The main difference between a VRH cut and the clear-cuts perpetrated on industrial forestlands is that the VRH cuts are not sprayed with herbicides, have stream buffers, and are smaller in size.
There's no doubt that wilderness clear-cuts are magnets for big bucks, especially those cuts that are two to eight years of age.
Egregious pun excised from Leora Broydo's story about hiding clear-cuts in national forests (page 21): A potential snag for a clear-cut plan was dubbed a "buzz kill.