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Clearcutting in the forest

In the satellite image below, we use those bands of the electromagnetic spectrum which best show the forest types in this area, as well as the clearcutting that has taken place and the forest re-growth that is occurring. "Clearcutting" means that all of the trees in an area are cut, not just selected trees. The standing forest of coniferous trees is shown as dark green, the bare ground (areas that have been recently cut) shows as pink, and the newly growing trees (and grasses and bushes) are yellow in colour. Notice also, that the logging roads (used by the logging trucks) are pink; where they cross the clearcut areas, they are a darker pink. A number of river valleys crisscross this area, and of course, extend into some of the clearcuts.

Clearcutting

 

Below, you will find a map. The red lines show some of the roads that you can also see on the satellite image. The black outlines on the map indicate where the logging company was allowed to cut the trees last year.

Map of "Allowable Cuts"
Black lines: outlines of areas that may be cut
Red lines: roads

Allowable Cuts

 
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