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Understanding and replicating historical spatial patterns is important to create forests that are resilient to fire and other disturbances

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 21, 2019
Researchers are increasingly recognizing that ponderosa pine forests naturally occur in clumps of trees with isolated single trees in a matrix of non-forested openings. Turns out that this spatial pattern is important in sustaining ecological processes such as fire spread, tree growth and regeneration, and creates biodiversity and wildlife habitat. Yet, most past studies have examined spatial patterns on small plots, which underestimates the sizes of tree groups and openings.

Remnant old-growth ponderosa pine forests provide insights on spatial patterns

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 06, 2019
Researchers are increasingly recognizing that ponderosa pine forests naturally occur in clumps of trees with isolated single trees in a matrix of non-forested openings. It turns out that this spatial pattern is important in sustaining ecological processes such as fire spread, tree growth and regeneration, and creates biodiversity and wildlife habitat. Yet, most past studies have examined spatial patterns on small plots, which underestimates the sizes of tree groups and openings.  

The ecology and management of western white pine forests: A focus on plantations

Projects Posted on: October 05, 2018
The research objective is to develop western white pine management strategies focused on regeneration establishment and young forest development by 1) developing canopy opening size thresholds where western white pine can establish and grow, 2) developing alternative tending methods to enable managers to continue to manage western white pine plantations, 3) evaluating plantation resilience to wildfire, and 4) evaluating understory plant diversity under 30-year or older western white pine plantations.  

Experimental Forests: Great places to learn about forest science and management

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 25, 2016
Scientists across four experimental forests (Preist River, Black Hills, Boise Basin, and Deception Creek) worked to provide a suite of ecosystem services from removing fuels to implementing new strategies. Treatment goals were to increase the diversity of forest conditions across the landscapes and provide for a variety of ecosystem service, such as wildlife habitat, wild berries, wood for construction, and hunting opportunities.  

Northwest research experimental forests: A hundred years in the making

Publications Posted on: October 05, 2015
Over the past 100 years, experimental forests and ranges (forests) have supported research that produced long-term knowledge about our forests and ranges, and their resources. These forests are living laboratories and are rare assets that serve as places to conduct forest research to meet society’s natural resource needs.

Black Hills Experimental Forest

Experimental Forests and Ranges Posted on: September 09, 2015
The Black Hills Experimental Forest is approximately 7 miles north of Pactola Visitor Center and 20 miles northwest of Rapid City, South Dakota on the Black Hills National Forest. This 1,374 hectare Experimental Forest is dominated by ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa var. scopulorum). Other trees on the BHEF include white spruce (Picea glauca) and quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides).

Fraser Experimental Forest

Experimental Forests and Ranges Posted on: September 09, 2015
Established in 1937 by the Forest Service, the Fraser Experimental Forest comprises 23,000 acres. This outdoor research laboratory was first established to study the relationship between forest management and water yield. Today, the Fraser Experimental Forest is a site for research on silviculture, riparian habitats, invasives, insects, soils, and other topics, in addition to water quantity and quality.

Tenderfoot Creek Experimental Forest

Experimental Forests and Ranges Posted on: September 09, 2015
Established in 1961, Tenderfoot Creek Experimental Forest (TCEF) encompasses the headwaters of Tenderfoot Creek in the Lewis and Clark National Forest. Tenderfoot Creek Experimental Forest is the site of diverse research on the productivity and biodiversity of east-side lodgepole pine communities, forest monitoring and health, hydrologic processes, and much more.

Sierra Ancha Experimental Forest

Experimental Forests and Ranges Posted on: September 09, 2015
The U.S. Forest Service established the Sierra Ancha Experimental Forest in 1932 as a research area for studying watershed management. Located within the Tonto National Forest, the climate, soil, and landforms of the Sierra Ancha are representative of much of the southwestern region of the United States.

Manitou Experimental Forest

Experimental Forests and Ranges Posted on: September 09, 2015
Established in 1936, the Manitou Experimental Forest covers 16,700 acres (6,758 ha) in central Colorado. Early research at Manitou focused on range and watershed management, but the scope of research has expanded significantly over time. Today researchers are studying diverse questions related to meteorology, ecology, and biology.

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