USDA Forest Service

Bitterroot Ecosystem Management Research Project

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Forestry Sciences Lab
800 E. Beckwith Ave
Missoula, Montana 59801

(406) 542-4150

United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

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Vegetation Research

Thin Ponderosa Pine stand circa 1909 - Paired Photo
Pondersa Pine Forest circa 1989 - paired photo

Vegetation History

  • Fire History
  • Range of Variation
  • Human Effects

Vegetation Restoration

  • Economics
  • Biological Responses
  • Landscape Applications
  • Multiple Ownerships

Demonstration Sites


Understanding forest fire and logging history and their influences over time
Investigating vegetation patterns in lodgepole pine-dominated forests
Examining methods to control noxious weeds in Research Natural Areas
Initiating projects to restore whitebark pine, ponderosa pine, and mixed pine/larch forests
Designing fuel treatments to reduce fire hazard in the public/private interface zone
Exploring the economics of ecosystem management
Informing managers and the public on conditions and changes in forest ecosystems
Working with landowners to understand forest conditions and apply restorative treatments
Providing demonstration sites and field trips to develop public understanding and dialogue

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