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

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Recent Examples on the Web Most of this tribal land eventually came to be managed by the U.S. Forest Service as national forest. Kiliii Yüyan, History & Culture, "‘There’s good fire and bad fire.’ An Indigenous practice may be key to preventing wildfires," 17 Dec. 2020 Chi’chil Biłdagoteel, Oak Flat is in the Tonto National Forest, and the parcel currently used as a campground has been protected since it was made part of the national forest in 1955. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, "Apache group sues to stop Oak Flat land swap, site of a planned copper mine," 13 Jan. 2021 In the national forest, logging is another concern. Sammy Roth Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Boiling Point: These wild lands in California and the West may soon get federal protection," 10 Dec. 2020 The outlook is best for those with reservations at lakeside campsites in swaths of remote national forest, in the Redwood Empire and along California’s northern coast. Tom Stienstra,, "Window of hope for Labor Day vacationers amid smoke, fire, COVID," 4 Sep. 2020 The document release starts the clock running on a 60-day timeframe for the final conveyance of more than 2,400 acres of national forest land to Resolution Copper, which will hand over about 5,300 acres of private land in exchange. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, "Clock is ticking on Oak Flat land swap after feds issue a final environmental review," 15 Jan. 2021 Tongass National Forest, which covers much of Southeast Alaska, is the largest national forest in the country, at over 16.7 million acres (roughly the size of West Virginia). Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "Trump Strips Environmental Protections from the Country's Largest National Forest," 28 Oct. 2020 This concept calls for selling commercial rights on both national forest and BLM lands to commercial users. Ted Trueblood, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: The Biggest Ripoff," 29 Nov. 2020 See more details about how to harvest a Christmas tree from a national forest in our previous story. oregonlive, "Where to find a perfect fir for the holidays? Try a national forest: Peak Northwest podcast," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of national forest

1848, in the meaning defined above

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18 Feb 2021

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“National forest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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