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    Author(s): Mary Beth Adams; Linda Loughry; Linda Plaugher
    Date: 2008
    Source: General technical report NE-321
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Northeastern Research Station
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    The 6,758-ha Manitou Experimental Forest straddles the watershed of Trout Creek, a tributary of the South Platte River, about 48 km northwest of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Manitou Park area contained within the forest was originally the property of Dr. William Bell, an English physician and Colorado pioneer who had established a number of enterprises on the property, including logging, ranching, resort hotels, and a trout farm. He ultimately gave the remainder of his holdings to Colorado College to establish a school of forestry and be used as a forestry fi eld camp. The Manitou was established in 1936 from land donated to the Forest Service after Colorado College closed its forestry school, from surrounding National Forest System land, and from other purchased properties. As a result, the Manitou contains more than 100 private holdings within its borders, including a major subdivision occupying over 284 ha.

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    Adams, Mary Beth; Loughry, Linda; Plaugher, Linda, comps. 2008. Manitou Experimental Forest (Colorado). In: Experimental forests and ranges of the USDA Forest Service. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-321, revised. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. p. 131-133.


    Manitou Experimental Forest, Field experimentation, Long term experiments, Forests, Ecosystems, Wildlife, Watersheds, Forest research, History, Forest management, Land management.

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