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Chapter 12: Ecoregion 7.1.8 Coast Range: Olympic Experimental State Forest, Washington

Author(s):

Teodora V Minkova
Mark P. Hicks
Kyle D. Martens

Year:

2021

Publication type:

Book Chapter

Primary Station(s):

Pacific Northwest Research Station

Source:

Chapter 12 In: Ryan, Douglas F., ed. 2021. Biological responses to stream nutrients: a synthesis of science from experimental forests and ranges. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-981. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 283-317.

Description

The Olympic Experimental State Forest (OESF) covers more than 110 000 ha on the western Olympic Peninsula in the state of Washington. The forest consists of state trust lands that are administered by Washington Department of Natural Resources (WADNR). The OESF is a working forest, managed to produce commercial timber sustainably and to provide ecological values, such as biodiversity and long-term site productivity. The OESF has an additional mandate, unlike other state trust lands in western Washington, to experiment with innovative land management practices and to put the research results into practice for continuous improvement of forest management. The long-term vision for the OESF is “of a commercial forest in which ecological health is maintained through innovative integration of forest production activities and conservation” (WADNR 1997).
The focus of the OESF is environmental monitoring and applied research to reduce key uncertainties in natural resource management. It also facilitates scientific projects at OESF by external researchers on a variety of environmental topics.
Because the OESF consists of numerous parcels of state-owned land interspersed with private, federal, and tribal lands (fig. 12.1), this synthesis also includes research and data from neighboring lands that are within the same drainage basins as the OESF parcels.

Citation

Minkova, Teodora V.; Hicks, Mark P.; Martens, Kyle D. 2021. Chapter 12: Ecoregion 7.1.8 Coast Range: Olympic Experimental State Forest, Washington. In: Ryan, Douglas F., ed. 2021. Biological responses to stream nutrients: a synthesis of science from experimental forests and ranges. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-981. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 283-317.

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