for·est·ry | \ˈfȯr-ə-strē, 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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Across 18 nonmanufacturing industries tracked by ISM, 17 reported growth in June, led by mining and construction, while one sector reported contraction: agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting. Ben Leubsdorf, WSJ, "U.S. Nonmanufacturing Activity Accelerated in June," 5 July 2018 Northwest Helicopters repairs helicopters and also operates forestry, charter and contract flights, according to the company’s website. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Helicopter crash-lands at Olympia Regional Airport," 25 May 2018 On the other hand, agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting actually declined by 2.4% across the U.S., and was an especially large drag on South Dakota, which had the lowest GDP growth, and Iowa. Motley Fool Staff, USA TODAY, "Ranking GDP: 9 states with the fastest-growing economies," 27 Mar. 2018 Once the science of forestry took hold in the early 20th century, Michigan replanted millions of trees, a practice that continues today. Michigan Department Of Natural Resource, Detroit Free Press, "Ensuring the future of Michigan's forests," 16 Jan. 2018 Photo by Brad Feinknopf via Dezeen The farmhouse gets a fresh modern twist in this new single family home just outside of Columbus, Ohio, overlooking a ravine and situated amid rolling fields and forestry. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Modern farmhouse highlights glass and charred timber," 6 July 2018 The women — all students in the university’s forestry program — were formidable, standing on a stump and chopping all the way through, slicing a log with a two-person saw and racing through an obstacle course. Vanessa Hua, San Francisco Chronicle, "What do you want to be when you grow up?," 24 May 2018 Food preparation and serving jobs paid the lowest overall, at $27,040 per year, while farming, fishing and forestry jobs paid the third-lowest, at $32,820. Rebecca Lurye,, "Connecticut's 10 Lowest-Paying Jobs May Surprise You," 2 May 2018 In 2006, Wohlleben resigned his state forestry job to become manager of the old beech forest for the town. Diàna Markosian, Smithsonian, "Do Trees Talk to Each Other?," 22 Feb. 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 \

Kids Definition of forestry

: the science and practice of caring for forests

Other Words from forestry

forester \-stər \ noun

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