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 -

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Modifications in living organisms over time that allow them to function better in their environment.


The practice of farming, including cultivation of land for growing crops and livestock production.


Combination of timber production & agriculture on the same land. Farming activities are undertaken between widely spaced trees usually cultivated for timber, firewood and/or fodder.


Flowering plants. These plants produce seeds enclosed in an ovary.


The compass direction towards which a slope faces, for example south-west.


A grouping of plants that have similar growing requirements, and are often dominated by one or more species for which they are characterised.