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.

Examples of forestry in a Sentence

She studied forestry in college.

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The bride’s father is an electrical engineering supervisor at Blount International, a forestry manufacturing company in Portland. New York Times, "Morgan Cummings, O’Neal Gray," 13 May 2018 Fire crews expect to gain control of the massive blaze in September, the state forestry and fire protection agency said. Fox News, "Battling 18 blazes, California may face worst fire season," 9 Aug. 2018 Last week, the president tried to rally his supporters against France and blamed the deadliest fires in California history on forestry mismanagement, rather than pay respects to those who lost everything. Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "In 2018, Horror Movies Are the Most Comforting Things I Watch," 19 Nov. 2018 The revenue would be spent on clean energy, water, and forestry projects across the state, with around 30 percent of the investment targeted toward the most vulnerable communities. David Roberts, Vox, "Big Oil is using brute financial force to kill 2 state sustainability initiatives," 4 Nov. 2018 The change in forests has changed the way fire behaves in them, said John Bailey, a forestry professor at Oregon State University. Kate Wiliams, The Seattle Times, "Controlled burns in OR: Can more fires create less smoke?," 15 Oct. 2018 Castelluccio was also hosting the tenth Festa della Montagna, an agricultural festival sponsored by the government forestry corps. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Italian Pine Forest Is Shaped Exactly Like...Italy," 1 Oct. 2018 But flying well below the radar in all of this is Indonesia, currently the world’s fifth biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, which come mainly from land use, land use change, and forestry. Nithin Coca, Vox, "The most important country for the global climate no one is talking about," 6 Dec. 2018 President Trump, via his Twitter account, has repeatedly blamed California for its fires and claimed that environmental policies for water use or forestry are somehow responsible. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "What is going on with California’s horrific fires?," 13 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of forestry

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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