for·​est·​er | \ ˈfȯr-ə-stər How to pronounce forester (audio) , ˈfär-\

Definition of forester

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person trained in forestry
2 : an inhabitant of a forest
3 : any of various noctuid woodland moths (subfamily Agaristinae)
4 capitalized : a member of a major benevolent and fraternal order


biographical name
For·​es·​ter | \ ˈfȯr-ə-stər How to pronounce Forester (audio) , ˈfär-\

Definition of Forester (Entry 2 of 2)

C(ecil) S(cott) 1899–1966 British writer

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John Warner, an urban district forester with the Texas A&M Forest Service, the group that manages the W.G. Jones State Forest, helps to plan these events. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "‘Forest bathing’ at W.G. Jones forest intended to lower stress," 19 July 2019 But work to preserve ash trees still free of the emerald ash borer goes on, even as replanting species that won’t be affected by the invasive bug remains the focus of foresters for the future of Boulder’s canopy. Sam Lounsberry, The Denver Post, "Boulder’s battle against emerald ash borer tree loss fueling local woodworking economy," 8 Sep. 2019 George Gonzales, a consulting arborist who assisted an outside expert working with the city, said the risk of tree failure is not exaggerated, based on the standards followed by urban foresters who specialize in public municipal trees. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Removal coming for some Balboa Island trees, testing for others," 4 Sep. 2019 The water authority’s forester said the tree appears to have been in good health and likely would have lived many more years. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Iconic ‘Door Tree’ in Hamden cut down in act of ‘saddening’ vandalism," 19 July 2019 The McKinley Fire was estimated at 3,000 acres as of Monday afternoon, said John See, a forester with the Anchorage Fire Department who was also working this week as an Alaska Division of Forestry spokesman. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "As Southcentral Alaska winds ease, crews battling Susitna Valley wildfire work to gain control," 20 Aug. 2019 Wing was a research forester with the U.S. Forest Service, and held a doctorate from Oregon State University, according to his obituary., "Wife of Oregon man gored to death by yak sues 911 for failing to respond to his call, $7 million lawsuit says," 19 Aug. 2019 Given the threat, Fei said state foresters should continue monitoring woodlands for signs of disease and implementing protective measures like bans on moving infected wood. NBC News, "Survey of U.S. forests ties tree-killing insects to climate change," 15 Aug. 2019 Zader said the applicant has reached an agreement with the city forester and is now requesting to remove only seven trees out of the original 15. Jennifer Whidden, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A former nursing home site in Mequon is one step closer to being rezoned for retail and entertainment," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of forester


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for forester


Middle English forster, forester, from Anglo-French forester, from forest

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English Language Learners Definition of forester

: a person whose job is to take care of forests by planting trees, cutting down trees, etc.

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