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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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He was a very handsome young man, of medium height, with firm, clearcut features.
In many climes he had looked upon women of all shades and ages, but never upon a more clearcut, handsome face, nor a more erect, supple, and womanly figure.
Clearcuts of varying ages and sizes occur throughout the forest.
They see butterflies, deer, elk and songbirds all thriving in open habitat created by clearcuts. It's important to me that they value sustainable forestry so one day they, too, can manage our natural resources for the next generation.
Constant-effort mist-netting was used to monitor six, 7-year-old clearcuts in the Morgan Monroe and Yellowwood State Forests (Morgan and Brown counties, IN) during the summer of 2015.
Meanwhile, graduate student and colleague John Stransky produced impressive data on clearcuts' deer food production.
Ron Szymanksi and Ron Schaner--Arnold area residents and volunteers for EPFW--drive a Jeep out to the clearcuts. Szymanksi, a former electrical engineer and an active member of the Boy Scouts, retired to the region in 2001.
"Strip clearcuts of at least 40-foot widths, preferably going north and south, seem to do best, and you need to leave a fair amount of birch trees for seed reproduction between these strips."
One of the best methods to hunt these elk is glassing clearcuts, which elk like because of the new growth they support.
As we stood in the night forest, one could imagine sections of the daily paper scattered on a coffee table somewhere in suburbia, the product of trees taken earlier from clearcuts near the blockade; and, in New York or Montreal, an investor checking the price of his Abitibi shares, oblivious to the fire burning beside that remote road and in the hearts of the people there.
The Ministry of Environment and Energy (MOEE) was preparing to launch an investigation of the Ministry of Natural Resources to examine massive clearcuts in the Gordon Cosens forest.
Their plan called for doubling logging in parts of the Tahoe, Plumas, and Lassen National Forests and dissecting those areas with a network of long, thin clearcuts under the pretense of maintaining "forest health."
Small aspen clearcuts would rejuvenate decadent and dying aspen stands while creating ideal summer grasslands for elk.
For example, in the Boreal Forest Region of Ontario, these guidelines recommend: (1) clearcutting in blocks of 80-130 ha, leaving buffer zones between cuts; (2) where clearcuts exceed 100 ha and moose utilising portions of the cutover would be more than 200 m from suitable cover, conifer shelter patches of at least 3-5 ha should be provided; (3) shelter patches should be spaced 300-400 m apart; (4) cuts should not exceed 400 m in width in late winter concentration areas for moose; and (5) a 120 m reserve should be left around aquatic feeding areas, mineral licks, and calving sites.
Intensive clearcut logging of the forests described here began in the 1960s and has resulted in a mosaic of uncut forest surrounded by clearcuts and tree plantations.