The Stephen F. Austin Experimental Forest and Interpretive Trails will be CLOSED October 29—November 13, 2022.

Experimental Forests

The USDA Forest Service has 79 experimental forests and ranges across the United States, providing places for long-term science and management studies in major vegetation types across the US. These valuable scientific resources incorporate a broad range of climates, forest types, research emphasis, and history.

In 1908 the Forest Service began to establish a network of experimental forests, primarily within National Forests, to research pressing issues regarding the rehabilitation and conservation of depleted forest and rangelands. SRS-RWU-4159 manages three of the 19 experimental forests maintained by the Southern Research Station:

In Arkansas:
In Texas: