I can’t count how often this has happened to me: I want to build an epic city in Minecraft, but I first have to clear a huge forest. The small trees aren’t so bad to cut, but the large ones are… well, you know…

So, is there an easy way to clear a forest in Minecraft? In survival, unfortunately not. BUT, if you’re willing to use third-party tools, there are two easy methods to get rid of those pesky trees.

Using a world editing plugin (WorldEdit or VoxelSniper):

This is my favourite way to quickly get rid of forests, but it only works if you host your world on a CraftBukkit server. The first thing you’ll need to do is to install WorldEdit or VoxelSniper, then, use these commands:

For WorldEdit:

Type //brush <brush type> air <brush size>

Per example: //brush sphere air 5

Then, type //mask leaves

What this does is create a spherical brush that replaces every “leaves” bloc with air.

You can now spam right-click around the area you wish to clear to remove all the leaves:

Removing leaves with WorldEdit

Now, all that’s left to do is to remove those pesky logs. Type //mask log and spam right-click once more:



For VoxelSniper:

Removing trees with VoxelSniper is similar to removing trees with WorldEdit, but the commands differ.

You first need to type /v air, then /b b mm.

You then need to select a brush size by typing /b <size> (per example, /b 10)

Finally, type /vr leaves

Now, put an arrow in your hand and spam right-click over the area to clear:

Remove leaves with voxelsniper

Once you’re done removing the leaves, type /vr log and right-click over the area to clear:

Remove logs with voxelsniper


So that’s how you remove forests with world-editing plugins. Now, this method is nice and simple, but it doesn’t work if you don’t have a Craftbukkit server. If this is the case, then you might want to consider the second method.


Using MCEdit:

MCEdit is a superb Minecraft world editor. It allows you to move around parts of the map, create structures and more. Here, I will show you how you can clear all the trees in an area with this program.


First off, load the world by clicking on “Open a level…” and then navigating to your world’s “level.dat” file.

You then need to select the region that you want to clear:

Select part of the map - MCEdit


Then, click on “Fill and Replace”, then on “Ok”, then on “Replace”.

Under the “Find” option, select leaves, and under the “Replace with” option, select air. Once this is done, click replace.

This should remove all the leaves in the selected area (Keep in mind that you might need to do this for all the different types of leaves in the area). You now need to remove the logs.

To remove the logs, repeat the steps above, but under the “Find” option, select Wood instead of Leaves, then click replace (Once more, keep in mind that you might need to repeat this process for all the types of wood in the area).


When you’re satisfied with the result, save the map (Ctrl+S) and close MCEdit!


So that concludes this article, I hope you enjoyed it!


One thought on “How to easily remove a forest in Minecraft

  1. zOracle

    An Easier solution would be to use the //replace tool for World Edit after selecting the area to clear, For example //replace 18 0 and then //replace 17 0 This will remove all oak leaves and then all oak logs just sub the ID’s out to what tress you are using.
    – zOracle

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