Starkey experimental forest and range.
|Station:||Pacific Northwest Research Station|
|Source:||[Brochure]. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station|
AbstractThe Starkey Experimental Forest and Range. (Starkey) is a one-of-a-kind, world class research facility, located in the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon. Starkey is the primary field location for scientific study of the effects of deer, elk, and cattle on ecosystems. Most of the 28,000-acre forest and range is enclosed by a game-proof fence.
The research project on ungulates (hoofed mammals) is conducted jointly by the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Other research at Starkey includes studies on forest management, wildlife, plants, and recreation. Starkey research explores facets of disturbance ecology and the management of disturbance regimes to restore and enhance ecosystem health.
Experimental areas represent important ecosystem types and provide opportunities for short- and long-term field studies and demonstrations. One of ten experimental areas associated with PNW Research Station, Starkey and all its activities are administered cooperatively by part of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.