for·​est·​ry | \ ˈfȯr-ə-strē How to pronounce forestry (audio) , ˈfär- \

Definition of forestry

2a : the science of developing, caring for, or cultivating forests
b : the management of growing timber

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This is the management of forested land, along with associated waters and wasteland, primarily for harvesting timber, but also for conservation and recreation purposes. The harvesting and replanting of timber are the primary activities of forestry, and the main objective is to maintain a continuous supply of timber through carefully planned harvest and replacement. The forest manager is also responsible for the application of other land controls, including the protection of wildlife and the protection of forests from weeds, insects, fungal diseases, erosion, and fire. The planned management of forests originated in early medieval Europe, where laws regulated the felling of timber and the use of forests for hunting. In 1891 the US government authorized its first reserves of forested land.

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She studied forestry in college.
Recent Examples on the Web Taiwan’s forestry bureau has also been donating money annually to BirdLife’s conservation projects in Madagascar, Cambodia, and São Tomé and Príncipe. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "China’s micro-aggressions against Taiwan have reached the world of birding," 15 Sep. 2020 Although forestry experts have long said that reducing the amount of underbrush and big trees can help prevent small fires from exploding in size, MacDonald said climate change has altered the equation. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "'Worst-case scenario': On the front lines of the California wildfires, residents stunned by fast-moving blazes," 11 Sep. 2020 Norm Moody is a former Cass County land commissioner who has DNR experience and expertise in forestry and wildlife management. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Ruffed Grouse Society project would improve Minnesota's degrading hunter walking trails," 10 Sep. 2020 Oregon has limited resources to tap in the all-out battle to contain wildfires around the state, because national and regional teams are all tied up on various fires at this point, forestry officials told a state board Wednesday morning. oregonlive, "Oregon forestry officials warn of drained wildfire fighting resources, challenging weather," 9 Sep. 2020 The mayor noted last week that the Illuminating Company’s forestry units have started clearing limbs from Seven Hills wires. John Benson, cleveland, "After months of power outages, Seven Hills mayor says city finally has Illuminating Company’s attention," 9 Sep. 2020 After being captured in 2019, Papillon broke free last July -- and, without a tracking collar on him, spent the next nine months evading government agencies and forestry teams despite intensive efforts to catch him, RAI News reported. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Italy's serial escape artist bear Papillon recaptured after 42 days on the run," 8 Sep. 2020 The measure would offer tax breaks for ecological forestry that would promote selective tree logging instead of clearing large swaths of forest at once. oregonlive, "Oregon Gov. Kate Brown calls for audit after our reporting on a state institute that lobbied for the timber industry," 2 Sep. 2020 The measure would offer tax breaks for ecological forestry that would promote selective tree logging instead of clearing large swaths of forest at once. The Cutting, ProPublica, "Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Calls for Audit After Our Reporting on a State Institute That Lobbied for the Timber Industry," 2 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of forestry

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of forestry was in 1823

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20 Sep 2020

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“Forestry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of forestry

: the science and practice of caring for forests


for·​est·​ry | \ ˈfȯr-ə-strē How to pronounce forestry (audio) \

Kids Definition of forestry

: the science and practice of caring for forests

Other Words from forestry

forester \ -​stər \ noun

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