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 Susie Kocher, forestry and natural resources advisor at the University of California Cooperative Extension, agreed. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2021 In their press release, WWF welcomed the strong call from multiple participants for sustainable consumption and action on key sectors driving biodiversity loss, like food systems, agriculture, fisheries, forestry and infrastructure. Daniela De Lorenzo, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 In 1993, Susie Kocher was starting her forestry career in Greenville, working for the U.S. Forest Service in Plumas National Forest. Julie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Aug. 2021 The state forestry office in Santiam Canyon was overtaken and destroyed. Jeffrey E. Stern, The Atlantic, 30 Aug. 2021 California has struggled in recent years to build up its forestry sector. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Aug. 2021 Gone are the shifts of heavy labor in mining or forestry and the harrying by criminals and guards alike that was the hallmark of the Soviet gulag for political prisoners. New York Times, 25 Aug. 2021 Jim Gersbach, a spokesman for the forestry department, expressed surprise that a large fire post-1900 would be missing from the state’s list but noted the difficulty in tracking the size of some historic fires with full accuracy. oregonlive, 25 July 2021 The Walker is working with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board forestry department to ensure trees aren't damaged by the chimes, which is why the piece is rotating around the Sculpture Garden. Kim Hyatt, Star Tribune, 23 July 2021

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First Known Use of forestry

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Forestry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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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