re·​for·​es·​ta·​tion | \ (ˌ)rē-ˌfȯr-ə-ˈstā-shən How to pronounce reforestation (audio) , -ˌfär- \

Definition of reforestation

: the action of renewing forest cover (as by natural seeding or by the artificial planting of seeds or young trees)

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reforest \ (ˌ)rē-​ˈfȯr-​əst How to pronounce reforestation (audio) , -​ˈfär-​ \ transitive verb

Examples of reforestation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thus, preserving plant diversity or selecting many different indigenous tree species for reforestation can enhance the diversity of insects. Caroline S. Chaboo, The Conversation, "Tiny treetop flowers foster incredible beetle biodiversity," 3 Dec. 2020 What’s more, Ssōne has partnered with the international reforestation non-profit, WeForest, meaning that for every order dispatched a tree will be planted. Lizzy Wholley, WSJ, "10 Fashion Forward Holiday Gifts To Feel Good About," 18 Dec. 2020 Still, environmental injustice exists in Cedar Rapids too, and reforestation projects can address those inequities through design. Dustin Renwick, Environment, "How one city plans to recover from losing most of its trees," 10 Dec. 2020 The indigenous saplings in Thureinira’s tree nursery are part of a reforestation program led by the Mount Kenya Trust that will, hopefully, help to protect these forests long after he and Mbaya are gone. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, "‘Anyone Can Walk in the Woods, But Who Truly Knows Them?’," 28 Nov. 2020 But reforestation also comes with the potential to provide other ecosystem services like animal habitats. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Want to offset your carbon footprint? Here’s what you need to know," 25 Nov. 2020 Tourists can volunteer for projects ranging from tree planting and reforestation to beach cleanups, ocean reef preservation and even making Hawaiian quilts for the elderly. Jeanette Settembre, Fox News, "Hawaii offering free hotel stays if visitors volunteer," 19 Nov. 2020 In September, a set of green and yellow tees was announced alongside a PSA about Grown in Haiti, a reforestation initiative on the island, and videos of zero-waste surfboard shaping. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Meet the Nike Designer Who Makes Striking Hand-Dyed Shirts Inspired by the Ocean," 20 Nov. 2020 One woman who works for a reforestation company is sunburned in summer, while in winter her skin is cracked by cold and wind. Sophie Pinkham, The New York Review of Books, "‘Something Resembling Normal Life’," 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of reforestation

1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reforestation was in 1887

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15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Reforestation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of reforestation

: the act of planting tree seeds or young trees in an area where there used to be a forest


re·​for·​es·​ta·​tion | \ ˌrē-ˌfȯr-ə-ˈstā-shən How to pronounce reforestation (audio) \

Kids Definition of reforestation

: the act of renewing forest growth by planting seeds or young trees

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