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woodland and forest  


  • low-density forest forming open habitats with plenty of sunlight and limited shade. Woodlands may support an understory of shrubs and herbaceous plants including grasses. Woodland may form a transition to shrublandunder drier conditions or during early stages of primary or secondary succession. Higher densities and areas of trees, with largely closed canopy, provide extensive and nearly continuous shade and are referred to as forest.

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  • [controlled by ] Leca Stefan 14.06.2013" , "[source of definition ] wikipedia

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  • MAES Working Group


  • 0000-0003-0631-8231


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