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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But flying well below the radar in all of this is Indonesia, currently the world’s fifth biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, which come mainly from land use, land use change, and forestry. Nithin Coca, Vox, "The most important country for the global climate no one is talking about," 6 Dec. 2018 President Trump, via his Twitter account, has repeatedly blamed California for its fires and claimed that environmental policies for water use or forestry are somehow responsible. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "What is going on with California’s horrific fires?," 13 Nov. 2018 The transportation industry kicked in 12 percent, and agriculture, forestry, and general business groups (like the Chamber of Commerce) add up to another eight percent. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Fossil fuel lobbyists grossly outspend “Big Green”," 20 July 2018 Shortly after the purchase, some of the property was logged under a forestry management plan one state official described as aggressive. Christopher Jensen,, "Plan to remake Balsams Resort faces decision on loan," 8 May 2018 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

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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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