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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Southern Idaho is not expected to have as much fire as North Idaho in part because up to 75 percent of its national forests have burned in the past 30 years. Rocky Barker, idahostatesman, "Get used to the smoke. We're on track for more wildfires - and they'll reshape Idaho. | Idaho Statesman," 27 May 2018 The Rattlesnake Fire was burning about 25 miles southwest of Alpine in three jurisdictions — the national forest, the adjacent Fort Apache Indian Reservation and the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, officials said. Dianna M. Náñez, azcentral, "Rattlesnake Fire: Officials investigating 'human-caused' wildfire that's spread to 2,644 acres," 14 Apr. 2018 Located about 100 miles south of Glacier National Park, Paws Up is nestled between two national forests. Katie Jackson, Fox News, "Montana resort caters to dogs with gourmet meals, mixers and four-legged fashion shows," 13 Sep. 2018 The Nature Conservancy’s Mr. Edelson used to sue to block logging plans in national forests as an attorney for another green group. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Facing Deadlier Fires, California Tries Something New: More Logging," 17 Nov. 2018 Other smaller fires have popped up much closer to Yosemite, in nearby national forests. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Yosemite Valley Is Closed Indefinitely, Due to Wildfires," 7 Aug. 2018 The Tahoe-Central Sierra initiative’s work to log and carry out prescribed burns on national forests is expected to pick up next year. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Facing Deadlier Fires, California Tries Something New: More Logging," 17 Nov. 2018 While many recreational areas of national forests in Arizona have been closed off by authorities because of the dry conditions in the state that have created an extreme wildfire risk, many cities still have fireworks shows scheduled. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "3 Arizona cities cancel 4th of July fireworks shows, citing fire danger," 25 June 2018 Many of the windows look out onto a zen-like koi pond or a large patio, showing the home’s integration with nature and the surrounding national forest. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Quirky midcentury modern with koi pond wants $624K," 15 Nov. 2018

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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