The Tenderfoot Creek Experimental Forest (TCEF) was originally established in 1961 to investigate lodgepole pine harvesting techniques which maintained soil stability while increasing water yield. Apart from baseline data such as timber inventory, soil information, fuel analysis and ecological habitat type descriptions, little research was conducted until the late 1980ís. The scope of TCEF research was expanded in the late 1980ís to include fire history (see map below), fisheries, vegetation composition, animal communities and other physical and biological factors as they relate to landscape-level management (see TCEF bibliography).
Research activity on the forest is designed to develop and evaluate methods for sustaining the productivity and biodiversity of east-side lodgepole pine communities. Recent studies at the Tenderfoot Creek Experimental Forest include forest monitoring and health, spatial fuel analysis, hydrologic processes including water quality, sediment transport and discharge, climate and sustainable silvaculture methods.