Experimental Forests and Ranges of the Pacific Northwest Research Station
The USDA Forest Service has an outstanding scientific resource in
the 77 Experimental Forests and Ranges that exist across the United
States and its territories. These valuable scientific resources
incorporate a broad range of climate conditions, forest and range
types, research emphases, and history. The Pacific Northwest Research
Station of the Forest Service currently administers the eleven experimental
forests and ranges in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. These sites
are described here, providing information about history, climate,
vegetation, soils, long-term data bases, research history and research
products, as well as identifying collaborative opportunities, and
providing contact information. Forest Service, university, and other
scientists conduct basic and applied studies on research themes
including forest, stream, and rangeland ecology; hydrology; wildlife;
biological diversity; and effects of forest and range management.
Long-term data on climate, vegetation change, streamflow, and other
site factors document environmental change and support research
programs. Some of this work occurs in the context of national and
international science networks, such as the National Science Foundation's
Long-Term Ecological Research Network and UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere
program. The Forest Service invites use of these data and the forests
For a complete guide to the experimental forests throughout the
country, see the publication cited below.
The overview presented here was originally published in:
Adams, Mary Beth; Loughry, Linda; Plaugher, Linda, comps. 2004.
Experimental Forests and Ranges of the USDA Forest Service.
Gen. Tech. Rep. GTR-NE-321. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department
of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 178
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1Information has been updated since original publication.