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New story map for the Experimental Forest Network

map of thirteen southern states and ecoregions that cover them
Explore the SRS Experimental Forest Network through a new story map, which shows how research from the experimental forests informs management practices on public and private lands across the South.

Long-term research is conducted across the USDA Forest Service Experimental Forest Network.

A new story map provides detailed information for each site in the SRS Experimental Forest Network. The story map:

  • Discusses current and past research and highlights online resources, including a growing collection of digital datasets;
  • Shows the ecoregion and type of forest community at each site, as well as the ranges of dominant pine species across the 13 southern states;
  • Depicts risks such as wildfire and sea level rise, using maps derived from the
  • Shows how experimental forests are connected to state forests, national forests, and university partners;
  • Provides contact information for the Experimental Forest Network team and members, as well as an overview of SRS organization.

SRS resource information specialist Shawna Reid used geospatial information systems (GIS) to create the story map.

“Showing the various GIS layers and talking about the research for each of the 20 experimental forests requires many pages of information,” says Reid.

Experimental forests represent many ecoregions and forest types of the South. As a Network, the experimental forests can answer broad-scale questions through collaborative work. Most experimental forests are sites for education, demonstration, and interaction between land managers and researchers.

The Experimental Forest Network is unique to the Forest Service. It is key to providing the science to address the natural resource challenges of the 21st century.

Explore the Experimental Forest Network through the new story map. For more information, email Shawna Reid at