to convert (bare or cultivated land) into forest, originally for the purpose of providing hunting grounds.
Historical Examples

Irrigation and afforestation are both necessary for the successful development of the West.
Our First Half-Century Government of Queensland

In this matter of afforestation, Scanno continues its system of draconic severity.
Alone Norman Douglas

Tonight we’ll drop you near In Guezzam, they have one of the big solar pump, afforestation developments there.
Border, Breed Nor Birth Dallas McCord Reynolds

Nearly 300,000 yen had been spent in twelve months on afforestation.
The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott

We look forward to the part that this new clothing will play in the general scheme of afforestation.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, Feb. 19, 1919 Various

After the afforestation by the Conqueror, the cultivated parts yielded only one hundred and twenty-nine pounds.
The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 5 Various

The Forest Laws were oppressive, and for the purpose of afforestation many wrongs were committed.
Rebuilding Britain Alfred Hopkinson

For instance, the question of afforestation and the necessity for keeping up a readily available supply of wood is touched on.
The Century of Columbus James J. Walsh

The topic of Piriapolis brings us to the question of afforestation.
Uruguay W. H. Koebel

The Board is carrying on the afforestation of Ireland, which in many parts is almost without trees.
Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

(transitive) to plant trees on; convert into forested land


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