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 national forest offers plenty of trails as well, from short nature trail loops to segments of the North Country Trail, which winds through two wilderness areas in the forest. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cable is one of Wisconsin's best trail towns," 7 June 2018 The Rattlesnake Fire was burning about 25 miles southwest of Alpine in the national forest and on the adjacent Fort Apache Indian Reservation, officials said. Chris Coppola, azcentral, "Rattlesnake Fire grows to 1,700 acres in eastern Arizona," 13 Apr. 2018 There are also the hundreds of lakes in the national forest and surrounding counties. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cable is one of Wisconsin's best trail towns," 7 June 2018 From Alabama’s highest point—1,152-foot Flagg Mountain—the trail tracks through national forests and private land easements to the Benton MacKaye Trail in Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest. Jonathan Olivier, Outside Online, "The Best Thru-Hikes You've Never Heard Of," 14 May 2018 But officials say landscape-scale projects are needed to treat 6.1 million acres (2.5 million hectares) of national forests in Idaho. Keith Ridler, The Seattle Times, "Idaho, US sign logging and forest restoration agreement," 18 Dec. 2018 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

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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