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old growth

forest growth consisting of mature or overmature trees.
virgin timber.
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old-growth, adjective Unabridged
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  • Species that depend on big stands of old growth, such as marbled murrelets and spotted owls, would have much less room to roam.
  • The financial crisis did not cause the old growth patterns to become unsustainable.
  • The spotted owl was not saved because he was an owl, he was saved because he lived in old growth forests.
  • If you don't believe me, look at the genetic diversity of old growth forests and that of new growth forests.
  • Opening up old growth forests to additional logging.
  • Trees identified as crucial for wildlife habitat-and remnant old growth-are being preserved.
  • Every language is an old growth forest of the mind, a watershed of thought, an entire ecosystem of spiritual possibilities.
  • old growth has an important role in that mixture, in ecosystem dynamics and in providing unique wildlife habitat.

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