Woodland is a 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 shrubland under 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.

Conservationists have worked hard to preserve woodlands. For example, the woodlands in Northwest Indiana have been preserved as part of the Indiana Dunes.

Woodland is used in British woodland management to mean any smaller area covered in trees, however dense. (Forest is usually used in the British Isles only for more extensive wooded areas, again, regardless of density – and also including Royal forests, which may not be wooded at all). The term Ancient Woodland is used in British nature conservation to refer to any wooded land that has existed for a very long period (equivalent to the American term old growth forest).

Woodlot is a closely related American term, which refers to a stand of trees generally used for firewood. While woodlots often technically have closed canopies, they are so small that light penetration from the edge makes them ecologically closer to woodland than forest.

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Woodland, Washington County, Maine - Demographics
... There were 455 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.5% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older ...
List Of Archaeological Sites In Tennessee - Madison County
... Site Designation Cultural affiliation(s) Year(s) excavated Status Cochran Site 40MD23 Archaic, Woodland 1970s Grouped with Pinson Mounds Denmark Mound Group 40MD85 Mississippian Johnston Mound Complex 40MD3 Woodland Pinson Mounds 40MD1 Woodland 1960s, 1970s, 1980s state archaeological park. ...
Sheet Hedges Wood
... 52.6740528°N 1.2287083°W / 52.6740528 -1.2287083 The site is made up of two areas of woodland and an agricultural field with public access, extending 29 acres (120,000 m2) ... The woodland block is adjacent to the road includes a car park and access trails ... The other woodland is larger and is an area of high ecological value, which holds Site of Special Scientific Interest status ...
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List Of National Trust Land In England - South East
... National Trust Entry Hectares Acres Abinger Roughs, Piney Copse and Netley Park Sussex Woodland, heathland, scrubland TQ135470 Y Black Down and Marley Common Sussex Woodland ...

Famous quotes containing the word woodland:

    I already, and for weeks afterward, felt my nature the coarser for this part of my woodland experience, and was reminded that our life should be lived as tenderly and daintily as one would pluck a flower.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)