Reforested wood

Reforest is a verb that means to plant again or to recover with trees to make a new forest. This is normally done by companies who cut down trees for their business. Reforest dates back to the 1880s. The word has become more mainstream as the emphasis on the environment has increased in recent decades.

The noun for the process is  reforestation.


Reforested is an adjective describing something as having been a part of or produced by reforestation. So reforested wood is wood that has come from trees that were replaced by new plants. The term is seen most often in marketing for companies who wish their consumers to know they are friendly to the environment.


Companies like Sierra Pacific Industries, a logging company based out of Redding, Calif., lost 20,000 acres of privately held forested lands during the King Fire – land they must now try to repair and reforest for future harvests. [Auburn Journal]

To mitigate climate change and other environmental disasters, reforestation projects were planned, for example, in the Mekong region and Mongolia, and coastal and groundwater protection in Vietnam and Bangladesh, he said. [DW]

Still a work in progress, they grow their own crops, produce their own electricity, build their furniture from reforested trees and make biodiesel using leftover cooking oil. [The Guardian]

The company stresses eco-friendly marketing, and is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council for using only reforested wood – meaning it doesn’t use wood from clear-cutting Brazil’s rainforests. [South Florida Business Journal]


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  1. GoatGuy says:

    And not once did you mention sylvaculture. Oh well. English is fairly advanced on its journey to forget the old Roman roots for The Forest. Not so the Romance and Germanic branches of the European languages. Sylvan is a perfectly good adjective. I can’t recall even once in this long lifetime, hearing a person use it in spoken speech. I do encounter it from time to time in more antiquated literature. But of recent, it is all but gone.


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