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Coram Experimental Forest

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General Description

Overview map of the Coram Experimental Forest in Montana
Overview map of the Coram Experimental Forest in Montana
Coram Experimental Forest lies within the Flathead National Forest in the Northern Rocky Mountains of Montana. Spanning 7,500 acres (3,020 hectares), Coram Experimental Forest was established in 1933 for researchers to study western larch regeneration and management. Today, the research conducted and the extensive datasets collected at Coram continue to be critical for western larch management. Check out the Coram Experimental Forest Brochure for more information.

Background Information and History

Coram was established in 1933 on the Flathead National Forest in northwest Montana as an area representative of the western larch (Larix occidentalis Nutt.) forest cover type distributed within the upper Columbia River basin. Western larch is a tree species that regenerates well in the exposed soil and sunny conditions that are typical after a fire or similar disturbance. Diverse and productive, the importance of this forest type to management priorities of federal land managers cannot be overstated. In the autumn, the foliage turns golden before falling, providing an opportunity for recreational viewing.

A list of the Larix species planted at Coram.
A list of the Larix species planted at Coram.
The Coram Experimental Forest represents western larch-mixed conifer forests of the Northern Rockies. Western larch research was centered at Coram Experimental Forest (CEF) to provide a scientific basis to regenerate and grow this important and valuable species. For example, the long-term silvicultural studies installed at CEF are allowing researchers and managers to understand the effects of multiple entries into stands on soil and forest productivity, as well as the potential of various silvicultural approaches to designing restoration of wildlife habitat. Climate and hydrological stations record variability in longterm weather and runoff.

The Coram Research Natural Area contains old, large forest used as a reference site for comparison to managed areas. Coram Experimental Forest also offers educational opportunities in the award-winning Walk With Larch Trail, which demonstrates the long-term effects of numerous silvicultural choices. At the headquarters on the Hungry Horse District Ranger Station, the International Larix Arboretum contains specimens of many larch trees of the world.


Schaedel, Michael S. ; Larson, Andrew J. ; Affleck, David L. R. ; Belote, Travis ; Goodburn, John M. ; Page-Dumroese, Deborah S. , 2017
Schaedel, Michael S. ; Larson, Andrew J. ; Affleck, David L. R. ; Belote, R. Travis ; Goodburn, John M. ; Wright, David K. ; Sutherland, Elaine K. , 2017
Jang, Woongsoon ; Page-Dumroese, Deborah S. ; Keyes, Christopher R. , 2016
Jang, Woongsoon ; Keyes, Christopher R. ; Page-Dumroese, Deborah , 2015
Page-Dumroese, Deborah S. ; Jurgensen, Martin F. ; Harvey, Alan E. , 2003
Evenden, Angela G. ; Moeur, Melinda ; Shelly, J. Stephen ; Kimball, Shannon F. ; Wellner, Charles A. , 2001
Page-Dumroese, Deborah S. ; Jurgensen, Martin ; Elliot, William J. ; Rice, Thomas ; Nesser, John ; Collins, Thomas ; Meurisse, Robert. , 2000
Shearer, Raymond C. ; Kempf, Madelyn M. , 1999
Scott, Glenda ; Chew, Jimmie D. , 1997
DeSante, David F. ; Williams, Oriane E. ; Burton, Kenneth M. , 1993
Tobalske, Bret W. ; Shearer, Raymond C. ; Hutto, Richard L. , 1991
Hungerford, Roger D. ; Nemani, Ramakrishna R. ; Running, Steven W. ; Coughlan, Joseph C. , 1989
Harvey, Alan E. ; Jurgensen, Martin F. ; Larsen, Michael J. ; Graham, Russell T. , 1987
Brown, James K. ; Marsden, Michael A. ; Ryan, Kevin C. ; Reinhardt, Elizabeth D. , 1985
Harvey, A. E. ; Larsen, M. J. ; Jurgensen, M. F. , 1981
Benson, Robert E. ; Gonsior, Michael J. , 1981
Jurgensen, M. F. ; Larsen, M. J. ; Harvey, A. E. , 1979
Schmidt, Wyman C. ; Schmidt, Jack A. , 1979
Pfister, Robert D. ; Kovalchik, Bernard L. ; Arno, Stephen F. ; Presby, Richard C. , 1977
Schweitzer, Dennis L. ; Ullrich, James R. ; Benson, Robert E. , 1976
Fellin, David G. ; Schmidt, Wyman C. , 1973
Roe, A. L. ; Benson, R. E. , 1966

Publications (Non RMRS)

Wade, R. K. 2018. Models for plant self-thinning. Ecosphere 9(5):e02219. 10.1002/ecs2.2219

Schaedel, M.S., Larson, A.J., Weisbrod, C.J. and Keane, R.E. 2017 Density-dependent woody detritus accumulation in an even-aged, single-species forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 47 (9), 1215-1221.

Jang, W., Keyes, C.R. and Graham, J.M. 2016 Evaluation of predictive models for Douglas-fir bark thickness at breast height following 12 biomass harvest treatments. Biomass and Bioenergy, 84, 118-123.

Wonn, Hagan T.; Hara, Kevin L. 2001. Height:diameter ratios and stability relationships for four northern Rocky Mountain tree species. Western Journal of Applied Forestry. 16(2): 87-94.

McClelland, B. Riley; McClelland, Patricia T. 2000. Red-naped sapsucker nest trees in northern Rocky Mountain old-growth forest. The Wilson Bulletin. 112(1): 44-50.

McClelland, B. Riley; McClelland, Patricia T. 1999. Pileated woodpecker nest and roost trees in Montana: links with old-growth and forest "health". Wildlife Society Bulletin. 27(3): 846-857.

Schmidt, Wyman C.; Shearer, Raymond C. 1999. Larix occidentalis Nutt.: western larch. In: Burns, Russell M.; Honkala, Barbara H., eds. Silvics of North America. Agricultural Handbook 654 Volume 1. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. p. 160-172.

Schmidt, Wyman C. 1998. Stand density in relation to biological functions in young western larch forests. In: Bamsey, Colin R., ed. Stand Density Management: Planning and Implementation: Proceedings of a Conference; 1997, November 6-7, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Edmonton, Alberta: Clear Lake Ltd. p. 101-111.

Tobalske, Bret W. 1992. Evaluating habitat suitability using relative abundance and fledging success of red-naped sapsuckers. The Condor. 94(2): 550–553.

Bidlake, William R.; Black, R. Alan. 1989. Vertical distribution of leaf area in Larix occidentalis: a comparison of two estimation methods. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 19(9): 1131-1136.

Habeck, James R. 1988. Old growth forests in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Natural Areas Journal. 8(3): 202-211.

Sax, J. L.; Keiter, R. B. 1987. Glacier National Park and its neighbors: A study of federal interagency relations. Ecology Law Quarterly. 14: 207-263.

Stark, N. 1983. The nutrient content of Rocky Mountain vegetation: A handbook for estimating nutrients lost through harvest and burning. University of Montana, Montana Forest and Conservation Experiment Station, Missoula, MT. 81 p.

Turner, Monica Goigel; Gregg, William P., Jr. 1983. The status of scientific activities in United States Biosphere Reserves. Environmental Conservation. 10(3): 231-237.

Lauff, George; Reichle, David. 1979. Experimental Ecological Reserves. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America. 60(1): 4-11.

McClelland, B. Riley. 1979. The pileated woodpecker in forests of the northern Rocky Mountains. In: Dickson, James G.; Conner, Richard N.; Fleet, Robert R. ; Kroll, James C. ; Jackson, Jerome A., eds. The Role of Insectivorous Birds in Forest Ecosystems; 1978, July 13-14, Nacogdoches, TX. New York: Academic Press. p. 283-299.

McClelland, B. Riley; Frissell, Sidney S. 1975. Identifying forest snags useful for hole-nesting birds. Journal of Forestry. 73(7): 414-417.

Klages, Murray G. 1974. Clay minerals of Montana soils. Proceedings of the Montana Academy of Sciences. 34: 12-18.

Behan, Mark J. 1968. Fertilization in western larch forests. Note 6. University of Montana, Montana Forestry and Conservation Experiment Station, Missoula, MT. 14 p. + figures and supplement.

Ecological Information

Map showing average precipitation on the Coram Experimental Forest
Average precipitation on the Coram Experimental Forest
Climate at Coram Experimental Forest is classified as a modified Pacific maritime-type. Occasional winter, continental-type polar air moves westward over the Continental Divide, and temperatures drop substantially for a few days. Seasons at Coram are classed broadly as: winter—November to March; spring—April to June; summer—July to August; fall—September to October.

Annual precipitation ranges from an average of about 35 inches (890 mm) at the lowest elevation of 3,300 ft (1,006 m), to 50 inches (1,270 mm) at the highest elevation of 6,370 ft (1,942 m). Precipitation falls mostly as snow. May through August mean temperature is about 61 °F (16 °C ) with highs occasionally exceeding 100 °F  (38 °C). Winter temperatures average about 20 °F (-7 °C ), but rarely drop below -20 °F (-29 °C ). Growing season length (the number of frost-free days) ranges from 81-days near Abbot Creek, to about 160-days on a nearby east-facing slope. Current and historic precipitation data is available for the nearby Emery Creek SNOTEL site.

A rock layer primarily made of argillite and quartzite underlies most of the upper slopes. The lower areas have deposits of glacial outwash and till. A thin layer of volcanic ash covers about half of the forest. Rich loamy soils predominate. Soil depths range from a few centimeters on steep, upper slopes to over 9 ft (3 m) on gentle, lower terrain. Six soils exist at Coram Experimental Forest:

  1. Loamy-skeletal soils on materials weathered from impure limestone and argillite
  2. Loamy-skeletal soils on argillite, siltite, and quartzite
  3. Loamy-skeletal soils on glacial till
  4. Loamy-skeletal soils on both alluvium and glacial outwash
  5. Loamy-skeletal soils on glacial outwash
  6. Fine and fine-loamy soils on lacustrine deposits

Coram Experimental Forest has a diverse mix of plants. Western larch (Larix occidentalis) grows almost everywhere at Coram with Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa) and Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmannii). Hybrids of P. engelmannii and P. glauca (white spruce) grow at lower elevations.

Less common plants are lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta), western white pine (Pinus monticola), western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla), and western redcedar (Thuja plicata). Western larch (L. occidentalis) and ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) grow together on dry, lower-elevation ridges that have shallow soil, the only sites where ponderosa pine grows. At high elevations, larch grows with whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis), a species nearly eliminated from Coram by white pine blister rust (Cronatrium ribicola). Occasionally, individual grand fir trees (Abies grandis) grow on warm, moist sites. Pacific Yew (Taxus brevifolia) and common juniper (Juniperus communis) grow in shrub form.

The only conifers growing within the range of western larch that are not represented on the experimental forest are alpine larch (Larix lyallii ) and mountain hemlock (Tsuga mertensiana). Predominant hardwood trees growing on Coram Experimental Forest are paper birth (Betula papyrifera), black cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa), and quaking aspen (P. tremuloides).

Coram has a diverse mix of shrubs including:

  • twinflower (Linnaea borealis)
  • ninebark (Physocarpus malvaceus)
  • shiny-leaf spiraea (Spiraea betulifolia)
  • kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
  • Sitka alder (Alnus sinuate)
  • Scouler's willow (Salix scouleriana)
  • globe huckleberry (Vaccinium globulare)

Common forbs are:

  • mountain arnica (Arnica latifolia)
  • queencup (Clintonia uniflora)
  • fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium)
  • trillium (Trillium ovatum)
  • wild strawberry (Fragaria vesca)
  • bunchberry dogwood (Cornus Canadensis)
  • Hooker fairy-bell (Disporum hookeri)
  • beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax)

Several non-native plant species grow in Coram Experimental Forest. Most grow in disturbed areas, particularly along roads throughout the forest. Species listed as noxious in Montana include:

  • spotted knapweed (Centaurea maculosa)
  • oxeye daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum)
  • Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)
  • orange hawkweed (Hieracium aurantaicum)
  • meadow hawkweed (Hieracium floribundum)
  • St. Johns wort (Hypericum perforatum)
  • yellow toadflax (Linaria vulgaris)
  • sulfur cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)
  • tall buttercup (Ranunculus acris)
  • common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

A comprehensive species list for Coram Experimental Forest is in the appendix of Shearer and Kempf, 1999.

Research – Historical and Present

Research began on the Coram Experimental Forest (CEF) in 1948 and the focus of the work has varied with time.

  • 1950s: Researchers studied how to regenerate western larch and the conifers that grow along with them using even-aged methods of harvest cutting, also known as clear-cutting. Researchers coupled this with a wide range of site preparation treatments, including burning.
  • 1960s: Researchers determined how to regenerate larch by seeding and planting, and how the growth of young larch forests, grown under a wide range of stand densities, respond as individual trees and as stands.
  • 1970s: Studies featured multidisciplinary research in using forest residues and developing forest productivity. Researchers evaluated water use, soil conditions, forest living matter, understory plants, and tree characteristics.
  • 1980s: Researchers studied late-ecosystem-stage changes within the Coram Research Natural Area, cone production in young larch stands, and differences in bird populations within logged and unlogged areas.
  • 1990s-2000s: Ongoing long-term studies continued and efforts to share results through conservation education locally, regionally, and internationally were expanded. Researchers performed the last active treatment on the Coram Experimental Forest in 2000. Due to several staff retirements, personnel reassignments, and conflicting priorities, work on the CEF slowed in the 2000s.
  • 2010s: People have recognized this forest type’s importance to wildlife habitat and its potential loss due to changing climate, leading to increased attention to the need for restoration approaches. CEF and its cache of long-term experimental silviculture studies can provide valuable guidance for restoration management.

Selected historical studies

  • Natural regeneration following methods of site preparation, 1949-1960.
  • Dispersal of conifer seed, 1949-1956.
  • Shelterwood and seed tree cutting, site preparation methods, and natural regeneration of conifers, 1950 -1984.
  • Clearcuttings, site preparation, seed dispersal, and natural regeneration of conifers, 1954-1974.
  • Strip clearcutting, site preparation, growth of unmerchantable understory trees, and natural regeneration of conifers, 1954-1974.
  • Group seed tree cutting, site preparation, and natural regeneration of conifers, 1956-1968.
  • Direct seeding, germination, and seedling survival of conifers, 1958-1964.
  • Small mammal relationships in old growth and recently harvested western larch, 1961-1964, 1992.
  • Effects of wide tree spacing and site on flowering response of larch to stem injection of GA4/7, 1991-1996.
  • Bird populations, Coram Experimental Forest, 1989.

Active studies (2017 to present)

The Northern Rocky Mountains Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) Study. This study is located on the Hungry Horse Ranger District of the Flathead National Forest, and partially on Coram Experimental Forest. As outlined on the associated Project Page, the intent of the study is to provide resource managers with the silvicultural tools and frameworks to manage western larch communities into an uncertain future, culturing varying levels of climate adaptation in forest stands. This study is part of an international network of ASCC sites being evaluated to improve forest management across North America. As of 2021, logging and planting of the experimental units is still in progress.

Pre-commercial thinning effects on snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus) habitat. Evaluate snowshoe hare usage of plots on pre-commercially thinned larch-mixed-conifer stands to determine which treatments might be applicable for snowshoe hare/Canada lynx habitat restoration. STATUS – All data have been collected and the analysis completed; a manuscript is being drafted with a completion date of September 2022. There was a significantly greater relative occurrence of snowshoe hare in non-precommercially thinned (non-PCT) than precommercially thinned (PCT) stands of the same age and similar geophysical characteristics. No significant difference was found in horizontal cover between treated and untreated stands. Stem density of the live and dead saplings and the overstory trees were greater in the non-PCT stands, as would be expected from the standard management prescriptions. In future analysis we will examine the interactive effects of vegetation structure and composition of each treatment with snowshoe hare relative abundance.

Ongoing long-term studies

Resampling Forest Residues Utilization Study at the Coram Experimental Forest: Monitoring Forest Recovery and C & N Pools 30 Years Later. This study takes advantage of a long-term study installed at the CEF in 1974 to address contemporary and critical management information needs about the sustainability of harvesting forests for biomass utilization. The original treatment included three regeneration harvest types (clearcut, group selections, and shelterwood), three biomass removal levels (high, medium, and low) combined with prescribed post-harvest burning treatments (burned and unburned). Plots were re-measured in 2012. Several recent papers (2015-2018) provided the following: 1) Results indicated site productivity in this forest type was unaffected by these biomass removal levels. 2) The shrub community was very resilient to biomass harvesting in this forest type. 3) In this forest type, intensive biomass utilization (with or without broadcast burning) had few long-term impacts on soil properties. 4) Overstory retention (shelterwood with reserves and group selection) resulted in long-term regeneration growth reduction compared to clearcutting. Postharvest burning increased regeneration stem density and decreased mean regenerated tree size. When overstory trees were aggregated and cuttings were in groups, negative impacts on regeneration were relatively lessened. 5) Growth efficiency of Douglas-fir trees (the ratio of 5-year-basal area increment to total leaf area) was not affected by any treatment. These results confirm no apparent effect of biomass removal on site productivity for this range of biomass removal levels. 

Influence of regulated stand densities in young western larch stands on individual tree and stand growth, 1961-present: Long-term analysis. In 1961 a study was installed in 10-year old second-growth larch stands to determine the trade-offs between individual tree growth and stand yield that were pre-commercially thinned at varying densities as well as varying number of entries; the study was remeasured every five years until 2000 and then again in 2015. Three recent papers (2017) provided the following results. 1) Thinning before stand age 10 years led to long-term constant yield across the tested densities, and constant volume across stand densities. The primary effect of early pre-commercial thinning was to control whether wood volume and growth are concentrated on few large, stable trees or many small, unstable trees. 2) Woody detritus sizes were similarly distributed but detritus biomass increased as stand density increased due to self-thinning. 3) Pre-commercial thinning did not affect total above-ground carbon storage but the particular treatment did affect the distribution of carbon among four pools of pre- and post-stand initiation wood. They found that 1) aboveground carbon was similar across treatments, 2) legacy deadwood still played an important role in C storage, and 3) given sufficient time since thinning, there is no trade-off between managing stands to promote individual tree growth and understory vegetation development and maximizing stand level C over the long term. 

Map showing the location of the Coram Research Natural Area within the Coram Experimental Forest.
Map showing the location of the Coram Research Natural Area within the Coram Experimental Forest.

Coram Research Natural Area

In 1938, 339 ha (838 ac) in the southeastern corner of Coram Experimental Forest were reserved as a natural area to preserve examples of late-successional western larch and interior Douglas-fir stands. Approximately 80 percent of the natural area is forested with 200+ year-old stands of mixed western larch and Douglas-fir. It was officially recognized as the Coram Research Natural Area (CRNA) in 1988.

In 1985, four long-term baseline monitoring plots were established in the 339 ha Coram Research Natural Area (CRNA); four more plots were added in 1993. Stand dynamics and photopoints are regularly recorded at each plot. This study is complemented by the studies on vegetation change and seedfall on permanent plots (1993, 1997). The plots were re-measured in 2000 and 2014. STATUS: All data are being prepared for submission to the Research Data Archives (CY2022).

International Larix Arboretum

International Larix Arboretum. In 1992, an International Larix Arboretum was established featuring larches of the world near Coram Experimental Forest on the grounds of the Hungry Horse Ranger District (Flathead National Forest) in northwestern Montana. This unique collection provides information to the public about the importance and differences among species, varieties, and hybrids in the genus Larix (commonly known as ‘larch’). Larches are distributed in the northern hemisphere and are a prominent component of the boreal, montane, and subalpine forests of North America, Asia, and Europe. Three of the ten species are endemic to North America; the other seven occur in Asia and Europe. STATUS: A draft education pamphlet about the larches in the Arboretum has been developed and tested and is being revised before publication and local distribution to classes of local middle-schoolers and the public.

Relevance to Land Management

Several ongoing collaborative studies have direct relevance to land management:

  • Resampling Coram Experimental Forest – Forest Residues Utilization Program: Monitoring Forest Recovery and C & N Pools 30 Years Later — RMRS, University of Montana, Michigan State University. This study takes advantage of a long-term study installed at the CEF in 1974 to address contemporary and critical management information needs about the sustainability of biomass harvesting techniques.
  • Long-term results of early pre-commercial thinning in second-growth western larch stands – Sixty years after clearcutting and fifty years after pre-commercial thinning to a series of residual densities, results indicate that the primary effect of early pre-commercial thinning was to control whether wood volume and growth are concentrated on few large, stable trees or many small, unstable trees. Detritus biomass (fuel) increased with stand density due to self-thinning. The distribution but not the total amount of above-ground carbon is affected by stand density management choices.

Long-term Monitoring and Data

Scientists have maintained two weather stations, Desert Ridge (elevation 6,000 ft, 1,830 m) and Terrace Hills (elevation 3,500 ft, 1,070 m), at the Coram Experimental Forest since 1986. Available weather data includes precipitation, air temperature, relative humidity, soil temperature, wind speed, wind direction, and solar radiation. For access to these data, please contact the Coram Experimental Forest Manager.

Hydrologic flow measurements on the Abbot Creek and the Lunch Fork of Abbot Creek began in 1974. Both Abbot Creek and the Lunch Fork of Abbot Creek currently contain a one-foot Parshall flume.  Flow data, beginning in 2004 for these two sites, are available in the Forest Service Research Data Archive.

The Emery Creek SNOTEL site, a meteorological station maintained by the Natural Resources Conservation Service near Coram Experimental Forest monitors accumulated precipitation, snow depth, snow water equivalent, and temperature. There is also a snow course located along Desert Ridge where snow depth and water content values are measured and calculated to augment the SNOTEL site.

In 1985, researchers established four long-term baseline monitoring plots within the CRNA; four additional plots were established in 1993. Researchers measured all plots in 2014. They recorded stand dynamics and photopoints at each plot. For a summary of results, see Elzinga and Shearer, 1997.

Re-measuring long-term studies is providing insights for new management questions, and Forest Service staff are planning new studies. CEF and its cache of long-term experimental silviculture studies can provide valuable guidance for restoration management.

Facilities Information

Coram Experimental Forest headquarters in Hungry Horse, MT
Coram Experimental Forest facilities located in Hungry Horse, MT
Coram Experimental Forest headquarters are located on the grounds of the Hungry Horse Ranger District, roughly 3 miles (5 km) west of the experimental forest. They include two houses built around 1948 by the Federal Bureau of Reclamation during the construction of the Hungry Horse Dam. The houses function as offices and sleeping quarters for Rocky Mountain Research Station staff and cooperators. Please contact the Manager with questions concerning housing for activities related to cooperative research.

Coram Experimental Forest has approximately 33 miles (54 km) of roads. Two roads—FS 497 (the Desert Ridge Road) and FS 38 (the South Fork Road—are open to the public. Except for limited administrative access, all other roads in Coram are closed to motor vehicle use due to grizzly bear habitat restrictions.

Visitor Information

Located only 11 mi (18 km) west of Glacier National Park, there are many reasons to visit the Coram Experimental Forest:

A photo of the International Larix Arboretum at Coram Experimental Forest.
A photo of the International Larix Arboretum at Coram Experimental Forest.

  • International Larix Arboretum: This arboretum houses the world’s ten species of larch.
  • Walk With Larch Trail: Walk With Larch is a self-guided trail that provides opportunities for students and forest visitors to explore this unique area. A brochure can be picked up at the Hungry Horse Ranger District office or downloaded above.
  • Coram Research Natural Area: The Coram Research Natural Area includes 200+ year-old stands of late-successional western larch and Douglas-fir.
  • Recreation: Recreational activities in the Coram Experimental Forest include hiking trails, biking and horseback riding on gravel roads, wild berry collecting and big game and upland bird hunting.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I want to do research at Coram. Whom do I contact?

A: Research at Coram is coordinated through the Scientist in Charge.

Q: How can I reserve the Coram housing facilities located on the Hungry Horse Ranger District administrative site?

A: The houses are reserved for administrative use by research staff and cooperators and not available to the public. Researchers should contact the Manager to schedule use of the houses.

Q: Can I camp, build a campfire, or collect firewood on Coram Experimental Forest?

A: No, these activities are not permitted on the experimental forest to help preserve the integrity of the past and present research studies and to minimize the disturbance to the current natural ecological conditions for future studies.

Research Opportunities

We welcome ideas for new research and remeasurement of existing studies on the Coram. If interested, please contact the Scientist in Charge.

One foot Parshall flume measuring streamflow on the Lunch Fork of Abbot Creek
One foot Parshall flume measuring streamflow on the Lunch Fork of Abbot Creek

  • Climate change effects
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