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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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Whether it's conifers or hardwoods, I've never seen any scientific proof that any system is better than clearcutting for regenerating the forest.
Perhaps the most catastrophic impact of clearcutting is its contribution to global warming.
These regulations were considered inadequate by some people who felt there was excessive clearcutting, and enough signatures were gathered to put a referendum to ban clearcutting on the ballot in 1996.
Using Whittaker's data (1960), I estimate that on average only 2.4% of trillium individuals survived clearcutting and conifer replanting in these sites (0.003/0.126 of Trillium plants).
Clearcutting has been taking place in the north woods of Maine, in the hardwoods of Alabama, in the Harmon Den Bear Sanctuary of North Carolina, and along the border of Yellowstone National Park.
The highest number of herbaceous plants occurred the first year following clearcutting (4971 plants) at Site 2 and diminished noticeably to the seventh year (1851 plants) (Fig.
The Plan, which is limited to the next 6-10 year period, limits clearcutting to 5,300 acres annually, with seedtree and shelterwood methods set at 2,700 acres annually and the uneven-age selection methods at 15,000 acres annually.
Civil disobedience has now spread to Calaveras County, where SPI is clearcutting adjacent to the Calaveras Big Trees State Park.
The purpose of the present study was, therefore: (a) to quantify the decrease in litterfall resulting from clearcutting of riparian boreal forests; (b) to determine if this litterfall decrease was substantial enough to affect the extent of soil erosion measured in the field; and (c) to relate changes in litterfall abundance and composition to measurements of the potential for soil erosion examined under artificial experimental conditions.
Clearcutting is being replaced by other methods of timber harvest and regeneration, and an increasing area of the national forests is being excluded from timber harvest by any method.
I am concerned about the recent decision of counties to join a class action suit against the state of Oregon to increase clearcutting of public forests held in trust by the state.
* Initiated by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, the "Bird Friendly" label signifies that a third-party inspector has certified your coffee organic and shade-grown, without clearcutting the tropical forests.
The work takes planters to the most damaged lands, where clearcutting or wildfires have left moonscapes of the ecosystem.
Too much of the original forest has already been cut and the plan leaves much of the remaining old-growth open for clearcutting. The plan established old-growth "reserves" but these are full of clearcuts and won't recover for hundreds of years.
In 1995 the Clayoquot Sound Scientific Panel recommendations signalled "the end of clearcutting in Clayoquot Sound." Ecosystem based forestry was to be phased in over five years.