national forest


Definition of national forest

: a usually forested area of considerable extent that is preserved by government decree from private exploitation and is harvested only under supervision

Examples of national forest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2018, a New Mexico federal court rebuked the Bureau of Land Management for not considering the climate impacts of opening a national forest to drilling. Adam Aton, Scientific American, "As Trump Administration Downplays Warming, Agencies Chronicle Climate Impacts," 9 Oct. 2019 Though essential parts of local ecosystems, these high-value trees are thinly guarded by overstretched national forest law enforcement officials. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "Tree thieves are the scourge of national forests," 6 Oct. 2019 To Flint’s knowledge, Tahoe is the only national forest that has opted to allow e-bikes on non-motorized trails. Gregory Thomas,, "Suit blasts Tahoe National Forest for allowing e-bikes on non-motorized trails," 23 Oct. 2019 The charges highlight the increasingly expensive problem for national forests posed by tree thieves. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "Tree thieves are the scourge of national forests," 6 Oct. 2019 Sunday morning’s national forest incident report said the 2½-week-old fire had burned 10,293 acres (16 square miles) and was 65 percent contained. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "Taboose Fire map: National forest closed a mile from Pacific Crest Trail," 22 Sep. 2019 This 100-foot tower on the other side of the national forest was built in 1932 and is also on the National Historic Register. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These Wisconsin fire towers are still standing on public land, and you can climb at least one," 29 Aug. 2019 The company also has delayed upgrades to several 115-kilovolt lines passing through national forests that have become California’s highest-risk fire areas, the filings indicate. Russell Gold, WSJ, "PG&E Knew for Years Its Lines Could Spark Wildfires, and Didn’t Fix Them," 10 July 2019 Jordan's arrest affidavit details the weekend altercation, which took place in two counties within the George Washington and Jefferson national forests about 300 miles southwest of Washington. al, "Man accused of fatal knife attack on Appalachian Trail had scared hikers for weeks: authorities," 14 May 2019

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First Known Use of national forest

1848, in the meaning defined above

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5 Dec 2019

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“National forest.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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