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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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Past logging had rendered the river inhospitable to the fish because clear-cutting of the area's steep slopes led to erosion and river-choking sediment, but a habitat restoration plan was in the works and the Forest Services forest management plans had pledged not to worsen the problem in the meantime.
He's an Associate Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of Toronto, and he says that clear-cutting is not sustainable.
All my life I have heard of the evils of clear-cutting forests: nice things like erosion, destruction of wildlife habitat, etc.
The environmental groups, in their lawsuit, had asked the court to halt the Second Show harvest, alleging that the BLM failed to analyze "the effects of clear-cutting in conjunction with ongoing commercial logging and road construction in the same area.
Foresters who oversee the Quabbin Reservoir watershed, the DCR forests and parks, and the state's wildlife management areas say clear-cutting to replace existing plantations is essential to improve the natural diversity of tree species, promote wildlife habitat and, in the case of Quabbin, protect the forest that in turn protects the water supply for 2.
Smith claims it's difficult to address such a forest imbalance without some clear-cutting and herbicide use.
Environmentalists say the beef industry is the most important cause of deforestation from Mexico to Panama; mining, oil exploration and seasonal burning and grazing wreak havoc in Andean nations from Colombia to Chile; and clear-cutting for crops and cattle in Brazil's rainforests and central plateau regions have seriously degraded fragile ecosystems.
Faced with the threat of clear-cutting, the E-Team set a goal to protect the forest.
Eastern chipmunks are well-adapted to mature eastern deciduous forests (Elliott, 1978; Snyder, 1982) but occupy a variety of habitats, including forested landscapes modified by an even-aged system of clear-cutting.
But clear-cutting in large blocks or without due consideration for erosion, wildlife and stream quality, is uncalled for anywhere.
We're talking about destruction of marine habitat that is, if not equivalent, at least in the ballpark with clear-cutting forests on land.
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.
In 2014, surely we can find a better way to fund our children's education than through privatizing and clear-cutting their natural heritage.