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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The fire also has prompted the closure of about 50,000 acres of the 2.9 million-acre national forest, and 16,000 acres of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and the Pawnee National Grassland in neighboring Colorado, the spokesman said. Washington Post, "Rains may help douse wildfires in region," 17 June 2018 The collective effect is dramatic when mountain highways and Forest Service roads across 20 million acres of national forest are opened. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Summer arrives: Light the fuse and stand back," 31 May 2018 The pass itself is free (though there is a $10 processing fee) and includes any visits to national parks, national wildlife refuges, and national forests, and when used at certain sites, can include discounts on expanded amenity fees. Samantha Lefave, Outside Online, "The Best National Parks for Those with Disabilities," 1 July 2018 Anyone who has taken the scenic drive on Highway 18 from the West Mojave up to Big Bear Lake has driven past the huge concrete mine eating into the mountainside and national forest. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Known Unknown: Tales of the Yucca Man," 25 Apr. 2018 National Park Service On Monday, the U.S. Forest Service warned of the threat of trees toppling in the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "5-mile stretch of Blue Ridge Parkway closed after heavy rains cause cracks to emerge," 5 June 2018 National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Eric Weiss says national forest personnel found the wreckage Wednesday near St. Ignace in the Upper Peninsula. Fox News, "Wreckage believed to be from 1997 Michigan plane crash found," 13 July 2018 Extra precautions meant that many park areas, national forests were closed and fireworks displays were canceled to prevent further fires. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt likes snail mail — just like Trump," 5 July 2018 In Arizona, large swaths of national forests and state trust land have been closed since before Memorial Day. CBS News, "Colorado wildfire destroys more than 100 homes; "extreme caution" urged across West," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of national forest

1848, in the meaning defined above

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