State forest

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This sign at the entrance to the Belanglo State Forest in Australia advises visitors to "please be careful".

A state forest is a forest that is administered or protected by some agency of a sovereign or federated state, or territory.

The precise application of the term varies by jurisdiction. For example:


The purpose of a state forest varies between countries and the quality of the landscape it covers. In most places, state forests are divided into land for logging plantations, area for conservation, area for livestock grazing and area for visitor recreation.

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