USDA Forest Service
 

Pacific Southwest Region

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Glossary

Deforested Conditions

We use this term to mean the fire burned at high severity and not enough trees are left alive for the forest to function normally. Most of the area has less than 20 % canopy cover. It is different than professional definition of the term deforestation, which connotes a more permanent change in land use.

Forested Conditions

We use this term to mean the fire burned at lower severity and enough trees remain for the forest to function normally. Most of the area has more than 20 % canopy cover.

Treatment

We use this term to mean any of a set of human activities that can assist the natural recovery of trees. Treatments include any combination of dead wood rearrangement, removal, or disposal (with or without commercial value; by any feasible method, including logging, piling, masticating, burning, etc.) for site preparation. Treatments also include planting, seeding, and monitoring for natural regeneration without site preparation. Treatments also include follow-up release to control vegetation that competes with trees during the early establishment period (by any feasible method).

USDA Forest Service - Pacific Southwest Region
Last Modified: Friday, 13 April 2012 at 18:33:02 CDT


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