I'm looking for a word for a young wood of forest. In German you would say "junger Bestand". What ist the english expression - young stand, young stock?

  • new-growth forest? Commented Aug 19, 2015 at 18:37
  • And if it is a small area with a few trees? Or a reforested area?
    – parallax
    Commented Aug 19, 2015 at 18:51
  • A "new-growth forest" is usually a reforested area (although it doesn't have to be). How large an area are you talking about? You could say "a stand of young trees" ... I don't think there's a special term in English for anything smaller than a forest. Commented Aug 19, 2015 at 19:03

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"Stand" would be a suitable word in British English. The National Vegetation Classification system uses the so-called "Stand Type system" to classify woodland. See http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/PDF/fieldguidetowoodland.pdf.

"Stand: A group of growing plants of a specified kind, especially trees:" ref http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/stand #6.


I'm not sure if this exactly has the nuance you're looking for, as it's forestry-related jargon instead of what a layman might say, but there's a term, "secondary forest" used to describe woodland that is recovering after having been disturbed or burned down.


Undisturbed forest would be "old-growth forest" or "primary forest": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old-growth_forest


young forest or young stand (which OP mentioned)

"What is young forest? It’s the shoots and sprouts of young trees springing up again in incredible numbers from the root systems of older trees following a timber harvest. It's an old field thick with shrubs and saplings. It's a tract of swampland choked with emergent shrubs. Young forest can be a pine barrens greening up again following a prescribed burn carried out by a trained fire crew." from the website of The Young Forest Project [http://youngforest.org/] [1]

See the "Young Stand Thinning and Diversity Study A management study evaluating the ecological, operational, social, and economic consequences of alternative methods of managing 30-50 year-old plantations" from Ecoshare's website.

Concerning Peter Shor's suggestion, I found some photos labeled "New growth forests", which, however, proved to be a mixture of new growth and old growth.

What it isn't, of course, is an old-growth forest (primary, virgin, primeval). And, according to Wikipedia, second-growth forests refers to well established forests that have grown up after a major disturbance to the earlier growth. See Wikipedia articles on old growth and secondary growth forests.

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