Bonanza Creek Experimental Forest & Caribou-Poker Creeks Research Watershed.Author(s): Valerie Rapp
Source: [brochure]. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station.
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DescriptionBonanza Creek Experimental Forest and Caribou-Poker Creeks Research Watershed are located in the boreal forest of interior Alaska. Research focuses on basic ecological processes, hydrology, disturbance regimes, and climate change in the boreal forest region. Interior Alaska lies between the Alaska Range to the south and the Brooks Range to the north and covers an area of 170,000 square miles—more than the states of Oregon and Washington combined.
The 12,486-acre Bonanza Creek Experimental Forest is about 20 miles southwest of Fairbanks. The experimental forest was established in 1963 on land owned and managed by the state of Alaska. The state has given the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, a long-term lease on this land for the exclusive purpose of conducting forestry research. The 25,000-acre Caribou-Poker Creeks Research Watershed is 30 miles north of Fairbanks in the Yukon-Tanana uplands. The Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program, based at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, manages the research conducted in the state-owned watershed through a cooperative agreement. Bonanza Creek and Caribou-Poker Creeks are 2 of the 10 experimental areas associated with Pacific Northwest Research Station. These experimental areas—eight forests, a watershed, and a range—represent important forest and range types and provide opportunities for short- and long-term field studies and demonstrations. Research is the primary purpose, although some forest management activities may occur in some experimental areas, generally as part of scientific studies.
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CitationRapp, Valerie. 2003. Bonanza Creek Experimental Forest & Caribou-Poker Creeks Research Watershed [brochure]. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station
KeywordsBonanza Creek Experimental Forest
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