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Q: Need expanded definition of "cultivated" land to include grass, flowers. ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Need expanded definition of "cultivated" land to include grass, flowers.
Category: Family and Home > Gardening
Asked by: ennyl-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 26 Nov 2004 16:00 PST
Expires: 26 Dec 2004 16:00 PST
Question ID: 434533
The standard dictionary definition of "cultivated land" refers to
"preparing the land for purpose of growing crops." I need to find
definitions that read something like: no longer in the natural state,
developed by human care and for human use; "cultivated" roses. I need
multiple, legitimate sources for the definition that includes yard
grass, ornamental plantings, etc.
Subject: Re: Need expanded definition of "cultivated" land to include grass, flowers.
Answered By: jdb-ga on 26 Nov 2004 20:41 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello, I am following up on your question. Here are various
definitions of cultivated land that include "no longer in the natural
state", "human care", "human use", sown grasses, "cultivated roses",
flowers and other ornamental plantings, vegetables, fruits, herbs,
market gardens, tree nurseries, garden centres, greenhouses, and
smaller vegetable plots.

WordNet - Cognitive Science Laboratory, Princeton University
  cultivated - no longer in the natural state; developed by human care
and for human use; "cultivated roses"; "cultivated blackberries"

Canadian Legal Information Institute
Alberta Statutes and Regulations
Pesticide (Ministerial) Regulation
  1(1)  In this Regulation,
     (a)  "cultivated land" means land that has been cleared, improved
and prepared to raise agricultural crops or livestock, and includes
pastures, improved rangeland and areas that have been landscaped for
managed turf and ornamental plantings.

Environmental Impact Assessment (Uncultivated Land and Semi-Natural Areas)
RDS Standard Operating Procedure: 
Field Assessment Guidelines for Screening Grassland, Heath, Moorland, Wetland
  and Scrub
  2.1 Terms and definitions: sown species indicative of cultivation
  5.0 The report will indicate land which is:
    -Clearly cultivated, with an obvious cover of species indicative of 
     cultivation, estimated at more than 50% (Domin range 8-10),
    - Potentially uncultivated, with an estimated cover of species indicative
      of cultivation between 10 and 50% (Domin range 5-7) 
    - Clearly uncultivated, with a very low cover of species indicative of
      cultivation, estimated at less than 10% (Domin range 1-4).
    -The report should state which species have been treated as indicative of

UN Food & Agriculture Division, Land and Water Development Division -
Aquastat Survey
Terminology, conventions and definitions used in the survey
  "Arable land: the official definition of arable land is "land under
temporary crops, temporary meadows for mowing or pasture, land under
market and kitchen gardens, and land temporarily fallow". This
definition tends to equate arable land with cultivated land. In this
study, "cultivated land" has been preferred to "arable land" and the
term "cultivable land" has been used to describe the area of land
potentially fit for cultivation."

The Heritage Council - A Guide To Habitats In Ireland
Cultivated and Built Land
  Horticultural land 
  "This category includes areas of land that are cultivated and
managed for the production of vegetables, fruit crops, culinary or
aromatic herbs, flowers and other ornamental plants. It should also be
used for market gardens, tree nurseries, garden centres, greenhouses,
polythene tunnels and smaller vegetable plots in gardens and
  Flower beds and borders
  "This category is used for ornamental flower beds and borders where
herbaceous plants or dwarf shrubs, rather than shrubs, dominate. Such
features occur in gardens and parks, on roadsides and roundabouts, and
in the grounds of various buildings and institutions. The majority
originate from planting, usually for the purpose of decoration or
landscaping, and most are regularly
maintained and managed."

I hope these are useful. Please let me know if I can be of further
assistance.  jdb-ga

Request for Answer Clarification by ennyl-ga on 27 Nov 2004 12:49 PST
Hi. Thank you so much for your quick response. I am wondering if you
came across any percentages for what makes a parcel of land wooded or
woods or not woods anymore, even though there are wooded areas on the
parcel. For example, I have an acre lot, about 50% wooded and 50%
lawn. I have been told that the entire parcel is still defined as
woods, even though 30 years ago, half the property was turned into
grass (cultivated!)and became part of a lawn.  Tell me if I need to
post this as a separate question or pay an additional fee. This is the
first time I have used this service.Thanks.

Clarification of Answer by jdb-ga on 27 Nov 2004 16:25 PST

  I find that definitions of "wooded" "cultivated" "agricultural" etc.
for assessment purposes vary by state, and can be found in your
state's Department of Assessments and Taxation or similar agency, if
your question relates, for example, to your parcel's Use-Value

Maryland Assessment Procedures Manual
"A wooded parcel must be five acres or larger."

New Jersey?s Farmland Assessment Act and Small-Scale Farming
"Additional requirements may be imposed for woodland, depending on its
association with crop or pasture land or if it is a totally wooded
parcel. If the amount of woodland is less than or equal to the crop or
pasture land, it is presumed to be supportive of the crop or pasture
land. That wooded area may be considered to be ?appurtenant woodland?
and qualify for Farmland Assessment.
If there is more woodland than crop or pasture land, or if the tract
is totally wooded, a certified woodlot-management plan is also

Use-Value Assessment Frequently Asked Questions - Wisconsin Department of Revenue
(Among many related, possibly relevant questions)
How should assessors classify CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) land
that is no longer subject to contract?
Property enrolled in the CRP program is to be classified as
Agricultural (Class 4). However, land removed from the CRP program may
now be incompatible with agricultural use (i.e. wooded) and may need
to be reclassified and valued at market value. For further information
regarding what programs qualify for use-value assessment, see Program
and Eligibility for Use-Value Assessment."

Here is a site listing "Agencies: Revenue Departments, 50 States":

Guide to Law Online - U.S. States and Territories
(This Library of Congress Directory lists law resources by state,
including law libraries, which you might contact for expert help)

Here is a live, online Law Librarian service, that can also do further
followup on your live session question by email)


I hope these are useful. Let me know if I can help more specifically. jdb-ga
ennyl-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $50.00
This researcher is terrific. Thank you for this excellent service.

Subject: Re: Need expanded definition of "cultivated" land to include grass, flowers.
From: jdb-ga on 27 Nov 2004 18:09 PST
Dear ennyl-ga, Thank you! I hope the information is helpful. jdb-ga

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