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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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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.
It's this insensitivity that Clearcutting seeks to penetrate by turning industrial forestry from an abstract issue to a visceral one.
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.
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.
During this study and for the previous 20 yr, timber was harvested mainly by clearcutting, and most stands cut were 8-16 ha.
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 reason we have many of the forest problems we have now is because of decades of mismanagement from agencies, including years of clearcutting, extensive road construction, and fire suppression.
In 1995 the Clayoquot Sound Scientific Panel recommendations signalled "the end of clearcutting in Clayoquot Sound.
Former timber manager Jeff DeBonis tells us that when he warned his supervisors about the devastation he saw from clearcutting, he was assured that any damage was "within tolerable limits.
Direct actions in Scotland and Germany were aimed against Western Forest Products - the Canadian company intent on clearcutting the Great Bear - and its clients.
These predictions are comparable to measured values of soil loss reported for clearcutting with site preparation on Coastal Plain and Piedmont soils immediately after harvest of between 2.
The work takes planters to the most damaged lands, where clearcutting or wildfires have left moonscapes of the ecosystem.