re·for·es·ta·tion | \(ˌ)rē-ˌfȯr-ə-ˈstā-shən, -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, -ˈfär- \ transitive verb

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Barton says this is where going the reforestation route could help, because native trees have extensive root systems that keep the unwanted plants at bay. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "From Defiled to Wild—Can a Spent Coal Mine Be Reborn as a Nature Conservation Center?," 11 July 2018 On May 5, the pair will be auctioning off the chance to join them for dinner to benefit J/P Haitian Relief Organization's Haiti Takes Root initiative, which is dedicated to the reforestation and re-development of Haiti. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Ever Wondered What It'd Be Like to Sit Down for a Meal with Former President Bill Clinton?," 27 Apr. 2017 Some of Ebacher’s environmental priorities include curbing urban sprawl by promoting development in concentrated areas and enforcing reforestation requirements for developers. Libby Solomon,, "Meet the council candidates in central Baltimore County," 12 June 2018 The nonprofit facilitates a variety of programs centered on horticulture, including workforce training, community garden programs, environmental education and beautification and urban reforestation projects. Maya Moore,, "KNOX's New Urban Greenhouse Doubles Space For Farmers, Produce," 11 June 2018 In 2014, Delta Airlines voluntarily offset 995,037 tons of CO2e by leading in reforestation projects. Danielle Butcher, Vox, "Young conservatives like me care about climate change. The GOP needs to take notice.," 23 May 2018 That day, Myers and about 12 other colleagues had climbed to altitude to help plant 400 agave plants as part of a reforestation project connected with the region's mezcal industry. Michael Russell,, "Portland restaurant community rallies behind stroke-afflicted chef," 17 May 2018 The credits fund things like reforestation efforts, wind farms and infrastructure upgrades. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Your Summer Vacation Is a Carbon Emissions Nightmare," 9 May 2018 Looking at the 2017-18 and 2018-19 budget totals, among the capital-improvement categories seeing modest reductions include habitat restoration, tree-planting projects and district-wide reforestation. Dan Moran, Lake County News-Sun, "Moran: Budget shows growth phase coming to an end at the Lake County Forest Preserves," 8 May 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of reforestation

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

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