“Shaolin wood clearing techniques increase Villager Wood and Mango Grove gathering.”—In-game description
Wood Clearing is a technology in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that can be researched at a Trading Post built on a Shaolin Temple settlement. Once researched, it allows Settlers, Courerus des Bois, Settler Wagons, and Villagers to gather wood 20% faster.
Wood Clearing is useful for players who desire a turtle strategy or a native rushing one, due the fact which the majority of native and religious units cost additional wood. Principally, Wood Clearing is more useful for the Indians than other civilization due their special feature about the Indian villager cost, or for the Japanese, if the Zen Diet card is sent. Wood Clearing can be complemented with other woodcutting upgrades at the Market (and Deforestation at the Capitol, in the case of the Europeans).