What Ecological Conditions Do the Sites Represent?
Administration and Links to Sites
Operations of Experimental Forests and Ranges are directed by local research teams for the individual sites, by Research Stations for the regions in which they are located, and at the level of the Forest Service. This national page permits you to link directly to web pages of individual Experimental Forests and Ranges (site page) by name or map link. Each site is described in a common format of the publication General Technical Report 321. Many sites have more elaborate web pages, including accessible datasets, which can be reached from the common-format site description web pages.
Study Themes at Experimental Forests and Ranges
- develop of systems for managing and restoring forests, rangelands, and watersheds;
- investigate the workings of forest and stream ecosystems;
- characterize plant and animal communities;
- observe and interpret long-term environmental change
- and many other themes.
Intersite Research -- The Big Picture
Experimental Forests and Ranges support many forms of multi-site research, monitoring, and data sharing that address questions at regional and larger scales. Examples include:
Other Forest Service Long-Term Research Properties
The Forest Service manages many other, related long-term field research properties and programs that support the research, education, and monitoring needs of the nation. These properties include:
- Research Natural Areas
- RNAs in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin (Northern Research Station)
- RNAs in Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota (Rocky Mountain Research Station)
- RNAs in California (Pacific Southwest Research Station)
- RNAs in Washington and Oregon
- Forest Health Monitoring – Intensive Monitoring Sites
- And one-of-a-kind places, like Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Embedded Within Other Research Networks
Properties that include non-USDA Forest Service sites, such as: