The Priest River Experimental Forest

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The paper introduces one of the earliest experimental forests that is also regarded as a forestry research center, the Priest River Experimental Forest (PREF). The forest was established in 1911, lies between the Priest River and the Selkirk Mountains in the State of Idaho. By interpreting its particular existing conditions, including geography, climate, hydrology, soil, vegetation, readers can easily understand its significant role in the region of Northern Rocky Mountain, providing many valuable forestry information or both management organizations and forestry administrations. The diversity of the soil type in the Priest River Experimental Forest (PREF) provides good conditions for some mixed conifer vegetation species that are also…show more content…
Key words: Priest River Experimental Forest; AMAT; Collaborative Project; Genetic Variability; Northern Mountain Conifers; Rocky Mountain Region 1. Introduction: As one of the earliest experimental forests that is also regarded as a forestry research center, the Priest River Experimental Forest (PREF) was set up to provide valuable information for both management organizations and forestry administrations. All of these resources would improve forestry management and sustainability research in the western region. The Priest River Experimental Forest (PREF) was established in 1911. It lies between the Priest River and the Selkirk Mountains in the State of Idaho. The Priest River Experimental Forest (PREF) contains two Research Natural Areas: Canyon Creek (977acres), which was established in 1937; and Wellner Cliff (310acres), which was established in 2006. Headquarters area is located in the West of the forest, including an office or lab building, three residential buildings, a bunkhouse with mess hall, and a modest shop. Before 1930, the forest was served as the headquarters for the Priest River Forest Experiment Station. After that, it was combined into the Northern Rocky Mountain Forest and Range and now is managed by the Rocky Mountain Research Station. 2. Existing Conditions 2.1. Geography The elevation of the Priest

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