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 reforest (audio) , -​ˈfär-​ \ transitive verb

Examples of reforestation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From fashion brands that support indigenous communities and use sustainable materials to coffee brands dedicated to helping reforestation, there's no lack of gifts that give back. Teen Vogue, "36 Gifts That Give Back 2019," 30 Oct. 2019 While much of that reforestation work will happen unseen, deep in the Chequamegon-Nicolet, the impact will be felt in federal, state and county budgets in years to come, as timber sales bring in less revenue. Larry Parnass, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It could take 10 years for Wisconsin to recover from the violent July wind storm that wrecked northern forests," 23 Oct. 2019 Roll up your sleeves to help with mangrove reforestation; and learn firsthand about sustainable agriculture in the region, from beekeeping to aquaponics. National Geographic, "Dominican Republic Community Service: Sustainable Tourism in the Caribbean," 5 Oct. 2019 But the effectiveness of trees in such carbon sequestration is heavily dependent on how—and where—reforestation is pursued. The Economist, "Climate change: the trouble with trees," 18 Sep. 2019 Poulter and his colleagues argued that the study overestimated that potential and overlooked some negative consequences that reforestation efforts can have. Denise Chow, NBC News, "Tree-planting campaigns are gaining momentum, but climate researchers warn they're not a silver bullet," 11 Nov. 2019 The plots will provide seeds for future reforestation projects, as well as opportunities for scientists to study the trees. Yao-hua Law, Science | AAAS, "Unusual mass flowering in Malaysian rainforests provides seeds for endangered tree 'arks'," 6 Nov. 2019 Since the project began three years ago, the team has planted more than 42 hectares (115 acres) with native seedlings, the largest reforestation effort in the Peruvian Amazon to date. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Restoring forests 1 tree at a time, to help repair climate," 30 Sep. 2019 There are several caveats to reforestation as a climate solution. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "It’s Not Enough to Stop Amazon Deforestation," 29 Aug. 2019

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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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“Reforestation.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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