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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The native environment where an animal or plant naturally lives or grows.


Tree species that have hard and dense wood, and include the eucalypts. Timber from natural hardwood forests is frequently used in hardwood flooring and furniture.


The felling of trees, either as a group selection operation or a thinning or a clearfelling operation.

Hazard reduction burning

Burning of accumulated fuels to reduce fire fuel & thereby reduce the risk and impact of wild-fire.