re·​for·​es·​ta·​tion (ˌ)rē-ˌfȯr-ə-ˈstā-shən How to pronounce reforestation (audio)
: the action of renewing forest cover (as by natural seeding or by the artificial planting of seeds or young trees)
reforest transitive verb

Examples of reforestation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tiago Queiroz/Picture-Alliance/DPA/AP/File São Paulo uses the plants for landscaping throughout its squares, streets, and parks, as well as for reforestation initiatives. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Jan. 2024 While several airlines engage in carbon offsetting programs like reforestation, methane capture, and investment in renewable energy, there is not currently a way to fly in a plane without emitting high levels of CO2. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 6 Dec. 2023 The distillery, formerly known as Rampur Distillery and established in 1943, is still a pioneer in sustainable practices that protect the water, uses renewable energy, and practices reforestation. Claudia Alarcón, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 It is expected to be fully operational in a couple of years, fostering reforestation and funding protection of Brazil’s forests and savannas, important carbon sinks, according to scientists. Paulo Trevisani, WSJ, 26 Oct. 2023 Second, reforestation — while a major goal of many countries and advocates — can darken the color of land, thereby attracting more light and heat to the ground. Eric Roston, Fortune, 5 Dec. 2023 Brazil is the sixth-largest greenhouse-gas emitter and home to about 60% of the Amazon forest and around 30 million acres suitable for reforestation, an area as large as Pennsylvania. Paulo Trevisani, WSJ, 26 Oct. 2023 To help reduce the jet's impact, FIVE has offset 600 flight hours a year with contributions to reforestation and preservation efforts in Borneo’s Tanjung Puting National Park. Antonia Windsor, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 June 2023 Fresh Del Monte, one of the largest American avocado distributors, said the industry supported reforestation projects in Mexico. Emiliano Rodríguez Mega César Rodríguez, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reforestation was in 1887

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“Reforestation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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re·​for·​es·​ta·​tion (ˌ)rē-ˌfȯr-ə-ˈstā-shən How to pronounce reforestation (audio)
: the action of renewing a forest by planting seeds or young trees
reforest verb

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