Nature & Science

The Lincoln National Forest is an incredibly diverse natural landscape. It's natural life forms range from the Chihuahuan Desert floor to sub-alpine vegetation above the tree line.  With such a diverse range of "life zones", the variety of scientific studies done or are currently being done are equally diverse.  

One of the more unique studies currently underway is being done by Dr. Penelope Boston who is sponsored by NASA to study the microbiology of pristine and untouched caves.  Her and her partners research have led to a whole new way of looking at the origins of many of our caves and will hopefully assist NASA in finding evidence of life on Mars.  

Scientific studies are the basis for which the Forest Service makes all of its decisions and as such we have a number of Research Stations to continue and grow in our knowledge of the natural lands we manage and preserve.