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Land clearing versus deforestation

A simple guide to the difference between land clearing and deforestation.

Google the term land clearing and you’re sure to find a lot of articles relating to the destruction of the world’s forests but not so much about the many other forms of land clearing.

Here’s a quick guide to the difference between deforestation and land clearing.

 

What is deforestation?

Deforestation is when forests are cut down and the area is permanently cleared for another use.

Forests are cleared for a number of reasons such as creating new farmland for food production, timber production, mining and oil extraction.

It is thought that since 1950, more than half of the trees in the world have been lost and upwards of 18 million acres of forest are still being destroyed every year. (Active Wild, 2015)

What is land clearing?

Land clearing the process of removing vegetation, rocks, and obstacles from a parcel of land to increase the usable space or tidy-up debris.

The term can be used for clearing new land and also preparing already cleared land for other purposes or maintenance.

What’s the difference?

Land clearing is an umbrella term for a lot of different clearing tasks and includes jobs as varied as creating new land for development, preparing the soil before sowing crops, removing obstacles from existing farmland, cleaning up after wild weather and tidying roadways. It even includes bushfire management and some conservation tasks.

Active Wild, 2015, What Is Deforestation For Kids: Information And Facts, Active Wild, East Sussex, viewed January 2018. Available at: https://www.activewild.com/about-active-wild/

The Wilderness Society, 2018, 10 facts about deforestation in Australia, The Wilderness Society, Hobart, Viewed January 2018. Available at: https://www.wilderness.org.au/articles/10-facts-about-land-clearing-australia

 

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Google the term land clearing and you’re sure to find a lot of articles relating to the destruction of the world’s forests but not so much about the many other forms of land clearing.

Here’s a quick guide to the difference between deforestation and land clearing.

 

What is deforestation?

Deforestation is when forests are cut down and the area is permanently cleared for another use.

Forests are cleared for a number of reasons such as creating new farmland for food production, timber production, mining and oil extraction.

It is thought that since 1950, more than half of the trees in the world have been lost and upwards of 18 million acres of forest are still being destroyed every year. (Active Wild, 2015)

What is land clearing?

Land clearing the process of removing vegetation, rocks, and obstacles from a parcel of land to increase the usable space or tidy-up debris.

The term can be used for clearing new land and also preparing already cleared land for other purposes or maintenance.

What’s the difference?

Land clearing is an umbrella term for a lot of different clearing tasks and includes jobs as varied as creating new land for development, preparing the soil before sowing crops, removing obstacles from existing farmland, cleaning up after wild weather and tidying roadways. It even includes bushfire management and some conservation tasks.

Active Wild, 2015, What Is Deforestation For Kids: Information And Facts, Active Wild, East Sussex, viewed January 2018. Available at: https://www.activewild.com/about-active-wild/

The Wilderness Society, 2018, 10 facts about deforestation in Australia, The Wilderness Society, Hobart, Viewed January 2018. Available at: https://www.wilderness.org.au/articles/10-facts-about-land-clearing-australia

 

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To put it simply, all deforestation is land clearing but not all land clearing is deforestation.

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