About Our EFR

The 23,000 acre Fraser Experimental Forest was established in 1937 as a representative site for conducting studies in the alpine/subalpine environment of the central Rockies. Most early research was oriented toward timber or water production resulting from forest management. For this research, many long-term study plots were established in both lodgepole pine and Engelmann spruce, and 7 watersheds were monitored for streamflow, climate and snow. Some of the records now exceed 60 years in length. Research on forest/ wildlife interactions began in the 1950's. Biogeochemical studies began in the 1960's, were restarted in the 1970's, and have been continuous since 1982.