for·​est·​ry ˈfȯr-ə-strē How to pronounce forestry (audio)
: the science of developing, caring for, or cultivating forests
: 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.

Example Sentences

She studied forestry in college.
Recent Examples on the Web State forestry officials in Missouri have used existing federal funds to partner with community groups in Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 28 Aug. 2022 Statewide, 84 wildfires including nine new starts on Tuesday have burned more than 11,000 acres so far this year, according to the state Division of Forestry, and forestry officials are warning that fire danger right now is extreme. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 19 May 2022 The Brunton name is ubiquitous globally as a historic provider of navigational and measurement tools to outdoor professionals, especially geologists but also in other outdoor industries like forestry, guiding, and search-and-rescue. Jiakai Chang, Outside Online, 12 Nov. 2021 Equally obsessed with the region’s pine-honey ecosystem is Mustafa Avcı, a professor of forestry at Isparta University. Katie Nadworny, The Atlantic, 28 Oct. 2022 The new division will include a director of urban forestry, three arborists, three three-person maintenance crews, and other support staff. David Abel,, 21 Sep. 2022 Waller said the state could learn from the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, world-famous for its 150-plus years of sustainable forestry of the Menominee Forest, which spans much of its reservation in Menominee County. Tanka Dhakal, Journal Sentinel, 5 Sep. 2022 Thompson thinks the funding will allow other states to match his agency’s investments in urban forestry. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 28 Aug. 2022 Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and arts, entertainment and recreation were the only two sectors to contract. Nate Dicamillo, Quartz, 6 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Forestry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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for·​est·​ry ˈfȯr-ə-strē How to pronounce forestry (audio)
: the science and practice of caring for forests

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