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Coram Experimental Forest
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  • Coram Experimental Forest
  • Forest and Woodland Ecosystems Science Program
  • 800 East Beckwith Avenue
  • Missoula, MT 59801
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Coram Experimental Forest headquarters in Hungry Horse, MT
Coram Experimental Forest headquarters in Hungry Horse, MT

The Coram Experimental Forest headquarters are located on the grounds of the Hungry Horse Ranger District, 5 km west of the experimental forest. They include two houses built around 1948 by the Federal Bureau of Reclamation during the construction of the Hungry Horse Dam. The houses function as offices and sleeping quarters for Rocky Mountain Research Station staff and cooperators. Please contact David Wright for questions concerning housing.

Coram Experimental Forest has approximately 54 km of roads. Two roads: FS 497 (the Desert Ridge Road) and FS 38 (the South Fork Road) are open to the public. Except for limited administrative access, all other roads in Coram are closed to motor vehicle use due to grizzly bear habitat restrictions.

Two meteorological stations are maintained at Coram: Desert Ridge (approximately 1830 m (6000 ft) elevation) and Terrace Hill (approximately 1070 m (3500 ft) elevation). Temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, soil temperature, precipitation, and solar radiation (PAR) data have been collected at these sites since 1986.

The Emery Creek SNOTEL site, a meteorological station maintained by the Natural Resources Conservation Service near Coram Experimental Forest monitors accumulated precipitation, snow depth, snow water equivalent, and temperature.

Streamflow data have been collected at Coram Experimental Forest since 1974. Both Abbot Creek and the Lunch Fork of Abbot Creek currently contain a 1-foot Parshall flume. Recent streamflow data (2004 to present) collected from these flumes are available on the Forest Service Research Data Archive.

One foot Parshall flume measuring streamflow on the Lunch Fork of Abbot Creek
One foot Parshall flume measuring streamflow on the Lunch Fork of Abbot Creek