There’s a utilitarian bias wrapped up in this term, stand, which refers to a standing growth of trees, corn, alfalfa, or other plants awaiting harvest. Farmers walk their fields to assess how good a stand of hay or wheat they have. A timber stand is not a woods, but a crop that’s sooner or later to be felled. When foresters speak of stand density, they mean trees per acre, and when they speak of stand age, they mean the average age of the harvestable trees.

Scott Russell Sanders