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    Author(s): Valerie Rapp
    Date: 2004
    Source: [brochure]. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station.
    Publication Series: Brochures
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    The Maybeso Experimental Forest is in southeast Alaska within the Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the United States and home to the Northern Hemi-sphere's largest temperate rain forest. Located about 42 miles west of Ketchikan, Alaska, it is on Prince of Wales Island, the largest island of the Alexander Archipelago and the third largest island in the United States. The Maybeso watershed, near Hollis, was chosen in 1956 as an experimental forest to investigate the effects of timber harvesting on salmon streams, forest regeneration, and tree growth because it was a spruce-hemlock old-growth forest with commercial timber. The 11,000-acre Maybeso watershed experienced the first large-scale industrial clearcut logging in southeast Alaska. Past and current research within the Maybeso watershed has focused on growing managed forests, on studying landslides and slope stability, and on understanding the effects of timber harvest on the watershed, yielding much that managers can apply to other watersheds.

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    Rapp, Valerie. 2004. Maybeso Experimental Forest. [brochure]. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station.


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