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.

Examples of forestry in a Sentence

She studied forestry in college.
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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 25 Feb. 2024.

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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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