Definition: Growing stock
The living tree component of the standing volume (FAO definition).
Growing stock is the volume of all living trees and excludes smaller branches, twigs, foliage and roots. It is measured in cubic metres (m³) over bark and includes trees of more than a given size (in terms of diameter) at breast height (Eurostat, "Forestry in the EU and the world. A Statistical Portrait" (2011)).
Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations (UNECE)/ Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Terms and Definitions, "Temperate and Boreal Forest Resources Assessment 2000", United Nations, July 1997