slash

In low, coastal regions, wet or swampy ground overgrown with brush and various canes, or slash-pine, loblolly, or shortleafed pines, is called slash. In highland mountain forests, slash is an open tract strewn with the debris and fallen trees from logging, windstorms, fire, or slash-andburn agriculture. Slash debris left behind after logging, often overgrown with thickets, can be seen in most North American forests, and vividly in the former cedar forests on the Queen Charlotte Islands off British Columbia.

William Kittredge