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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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An emerging contrast continues to be in evidence throughout Oregon today - clear-cutting in your national forests has been curtailed dramatically and herbicide use has stopped.
She said the current plan leaves 66 percent of state forests vulnerable to commercial logging and clear-cutting, with only 4 to 6 percent of the state's 3.
Southeast, for example, foresters are using fire to bring back longleaf pine stands, which have suffered from clear-cutting and a lack of controlled burning.
Gilbert's ruling, invalidating Forest Service approval of its Environmental Assessment on the clear-cutting plan, requires the agency to compile evidence that it can offset soil erosion caused by deforestation before the practice can be authorized.
Public Works spokeswoman Jean Granucci said the county has begun the work, clear-cutting some stretches of riverbed in Los Angeles County, including part of the South Fork.
Ironically, salvage logging is often justified as a way to preserve forest health, even though many biologists and forest ecologists claim that the type of salvage logging done in national forests - either taking the largest, most valuable trees or clear-cutting - often does more harm than good.
It was easy for environmentalists to mobilize public opinion against clear-cutting.
Hoff suggests that selective clear-cutting and burning in the field, along with planting the nursery stock, could hasten the process of natural selection so that someday Clark's nutcrackers will be stashing disease-resistant whitebark seeds.
It's going to look like private land clear-cutting in Oregon.
Matera and his wife settled in Northampton and, to his dismay, he found evidence of forest clear-cutting on state Department of Conservation property, Division of Fisheries and Wildlife management areas and the Quabbin watershed.
MRC's certification permits clear-cutting for another 50 years, indefinite use of toxic herbicides, and logging of rare old-growth, according to Pjerrou.
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.
We're talking about destruction of marine habitat that is, if not equivalent, at least in the ballpark with clear-cutting forests on land.
The Sierra Club ranked the lawmakers for votes it said weakened consumer protection from pollutants, allowed clear-cutting in national forests, weakened clean water and wetlands protections and crippled the Environmental Protection Agency.