Forest Service’s system of Experimental Forests and Ranges provides an incredible wealth of records and knowledge of environmental change in natural and managed forest and rangeland ecosystems across the United States.
The present system of 80 Experimental Forests and Ranges has been established progressively since 1908; many sites are more than 50 years old. The system provides places for long-term science and management studies in major vegetation types of the 195 million acres of public land administered by the Forest Service.
Individual sites range from 47 to 22,500 ha
Symposia and Seminars
- Celebrating 50 years of Ecosystem Research: Peatland Biogeochemistry and Watershed Hydrology at the Marcell Experimental Forest - June 23 to June 25, 2009
Pdf 600 kb
- Meeting current and future conservation challenges through synthesis of long-term silviculture and range management research workshop - September 30 to October 2, 2008
Pdf 624 kb
Major Discoveries at Experimental Forests and Ranges
- Recognition of acid rain based on long-term precipitation chemistry data at Hubbard Brook, New Hampshire.
- Characterization of old-growth Douglas-fir forests and ecology of northern spotted owl sets the stage for conservation planning in the Pacific Northwest.
- The science of forest hydrology derives from strong roots in long-term studies in experimental forests, especially Coweeta.
- Forest and rangeland management systems build from foundation studies at many experimental properties.
Experimental Forests and Ranges Offer You:
- Knowledge of forest and stream ecosystems,
- Long-term records of climate, forest dynamics, hydrology, and other ecosystem components,
- Information about long-term field experiments and opportunity to participate in them,
- Access to a cadre of knowledgeable scientists,
- Access to thousands of publications about natural resource management and ecosystem science.