BIOLOGICAL MATURITY: In stand management, the age at which trees or stands have peaked in growth rate and are determined to be merchantable.
FOREST INVENTORY: A survey of a forest area to determine such data as area condition, timber volume and species, for specific purposes such as planning, purchases, evaluation, management or harvesting.
LAND RECLAMATION: Bringing the land, damaged from natural or human causes, back into use for growing trees or agricultural crops.
OLD-GROWTH: Trees that have been growing for such a long time that net growth or value is often declining.
OVERMATURE: The stage at which trees exhibit a decline in growth rate, vigor, and soundness as a result of old age.
REGENERATION CUT: A timber harvest designed to promote natural establishment of trees.
SALVAGE CUT: The harvesting of dead or damaged trees or of trees in danger of being killed by insects, disease, flooding, or other factors in order to capture their economic value before they decay.
STOCKING: The number and density of trees in a forest stand. Stands are often classified as understocked, well-stocked or overstocked.
STUMPAGE: Value of timber as it stands uncut in the woods.
Standing timber itself.
TIMBER STAND IMPROVEMENT (TSI) – Improving the quality of a forest stand by removing or deadening undesirable species to achieve desired stocking and species composition. TSI practices include applying herbicides, burning, girdling, or cutting.
WORKING FOREST: Land used primarily for forestry purposes, but also available for recreation, usually where both managed land and land not presently being managed is present.
WOLF TREE: A tree with large branches and a spreading crown occupying more space in the forest than its economic value justifies. Wolf trees may have wildlife or esthetic value.
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