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Escambia Experimental Forest: A Living Laboratory for Long Term Longleaf Pine ResearchAuthor(s): Charles K. McMahon
Source: Alabama's Treasured Forests, Winter 2000
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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DescriptionExperimental Forests have been used for many years by research organizations as "living laboratories" where long-term research studies can be conducted. For forestry and related natural resources research, "long term" can often mean decades of continuous study before meaningful results can be obtained. The Escambia Experimental Forest was established on April 1, 1947, when the T.R. Miller Mill Company of Brewton, Alabama, provided land at no cost to the USDA-Forest Service through a 99-year lease. This 3,000-acre forest, located seven miles south of Brewton in southwest Alabama, was selected as typical of a second-growth longleaf pine forest that, at the time, covered about 6.2 million acres in south Alabama and northwest Florida.
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CitationMcMahon, Charles K. 2000. Escambia Experimental Forest: A Living Laboratory for Long Term Longleaf Pine Research. Alabama''s Treasured Forests, Winter 2000
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