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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Guangxi’s forestry department says that pangolins are hard to keep alive and may have died because of mistreatment by smugglers before being rescued. Los Angeles Times, "It’s a mammal. It looks like an artichoke. And China is driving it toward extinction," 1 Sep. 2019 To this end, Belize’s forestry department has established a small team of jaguar officers. Steve Winter, National Geographic, "The struggle to protect a vital jaguar corridor," 21 Aug. 2019 But the growth in construction and forestry isn't enough to offset the concerns about US farmers pulling back on their purchases. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Deere struggles as farmers fret about the trade war," 16 Aug. 2019 Agriculture and forestry together account for about 23 percent of the heat-trapping gases that are warming the Earth, slightly less than from cars, trucks, boats and planes. Fox News, "UN climate report: Change land use to avoid a hungry future," 8 Aug. 2019 And restoration can conflict with other activities, such as farming and forestry. Robin Chazdon, Quartz Africa, "Scientists are mapping out how to restore tropical rainforests around the world," 7 July 2019 Santander Brasil Environmental pillar score: 93.3 In a nation where deforestation is a hot-button topic, Santander Brasil has won plaudits for financing a range of sustainable forestry projects. Fortune Editors, Fortune, "The Change the World Sustainability All Stars," 19 Aug. 2019 That's boosting its construction and forestry business, which accounts for 30% of Deere's total sales. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Deere struggles as farmers fret about the trade war," 16 Aug. 2019 Michael De Campo, the city’s landscape and forestry services superintendent, updated the City Council on Tuesday about the department’s efforts to use safer weed-abatement products and methods to rid weeds from city parks. Anthony Clark Carpio, Burbank Leader, "Alternative methods effective in killing weeds, Burbank officials say," 16 Aug. 2019

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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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