What is the difference in usage? What associations does the former word trigger that the latter does not (and vice versa)?
The NOAD reports that silviculture means the growing and cultivation of trees, while forestry means the science or practice of planting, managing, and caring for forests. If I say I am a silviculturist, I don't mean I plant forests.
The other grammatical difference between the words is that there are two derivates of silviculture (silvicultural, silviculturist), but there aren't derivates of forestry with similar meaning.
I think the main difference would be that silviculture applies to any tree, while forestry only to the ones in a forest.
"Silviculture" to me, never having heard it before, just sounds like it's pretentious. Like a 'Garbage removal expert'.
I admit I'm outside my specialism, though, so there may be some distinction in the field. And I know people who are irritated by people calling themselves 'software engineers' when in reality they're just 'programmers' putting on airs...
Silviculture involve on field not science ie a farmer can involve on Silviculture but forestry is science related to forest ie M.Sc. in forestry
Afforestation is the planting of trees in a barren land to increase forest area while silviculture deals with the growth,establishment, development, care and regeneration of stand (plant)
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