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 More than 60 percent of California’s water comes from national forest land., "Illegal pot farms on public land create environmental hazard - The Boston Globe," 18 Nov. 2019 As of Tuesday morning, the wildfire in the Plumas National Forest had burned 54,518 acres (85 square miles) and had destroyed two cabins and seven outbuildings, said the incident report from the national forest. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "Walker Fire map: Where it stands after 2 weeks," 17 Sep. 2019 Woodland Park: Trees may be cut on national forest lands just northeast of Woodland Park along the Rampart Range Road and northwest of Woodland Park on Forest Service Road 357. John Meyer, The Know, "Where you can cut down your own Christmas tree (and the rules you have to follow when you do)," 22 Nov. 2019 Idaho Boise: Federal authorities say a lawsuit seeking to ban black bear hunting using bait in national forests in Idaho and Wyoming to protect grizzly bears should be dismissed. USA TODAY, "Nativity on the run, ‘Bag O’Slag,’ kapu aloha: News from around our 50 states," 19 Nov. 2019 Only antlered bucks are legal on the state’s wildlife management areas and national forest lands during the Nov. 23-Feb. Frank Sargeant, al, "What hunters need to know as Alabama deer season begins," 17 Nov. 2019 The rule bars trapping in the two national forests in the state where the only two marten populations live. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Wildlife officials ban the trapping of this cute, weasely creature in a bid to revive its population," 18 Sep. 2019 Trump is also considering exempting 90 percent of national forests in Utah from the rule, which would open about four million more untouched acres to potential deforestation. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "It’s Not Enough to Stop Amazon Deforestation," 29 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of national forest

1848, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jan 2020

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“National forest.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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