- any of the officers employed by the government to supervise the care and preservation of forests, especially public forests.
Origin of forest ranger
First recorded in 1820–30
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Examples from the Web for forest ranger
In these the black bear is the only forest-ranger of the family.Bruin
A forest-ranger has to look after the forest just as a gardener has to tend a garden.
"I'm a forest-ranger," and he threw back his coat, exhibiting a keystone shaped badge on his breast.
"You are cowards," said the swallow, perching himself on the forest-ranger's weathercock, and peering out over the landscape.
- mainly US and Canadian a government official who patrols and protects forests, wildlife, etc
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