Forest Terminology Explained
While undertaking research, you or your students may come across some terms that may need explaining, so we have made it easy for you below.
*FURTHER INFORMATION: The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (ABARES) has produced an "Australia's forests and forestry glossary" (2020) found here -
Carbon dioxide (CO2)
A molecule made up of one carbon atom joined to two oxygen atoms. It is a major gas in the Earth's atmosphere. Also see greenhouse gases.
A drainage area in the landscape that is the source of water for a river or reservoir. Also see drainage line.
The fruit of coniferous trees that contains the seeds of the plant. Also see conifers.
See hazard reduction burning, backburning, fuel reduction burning, post-logging burning, prescribed burning.
Regrowth that grows from dormant buds under the bark of tree stumps after the tree has been felled. Eucalypts will copice. Also see lignotuber.
The top of a tree or group of trees. The leaves and living branches of a tree. Also see canopy.