The term usually refers to forest that has been affected by humans in a way that has caused a lot of forest growth, so much so that it is actually bad for the forest. Too much under story and too thick of trees that change the ecology and micro-climate of the forest. The most common human impact that causes this condition is fire suppression.
Sometimes logging intres groups like to call forests over grown so that they can harvest from otherwise protected forests. Sometimes this really is in the best intrest of he forsest for instane when controled burns are not an option. Othertimes this is a load of bologna to try and get some good timber.
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