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-4158 manages two of the 19 experimental forests maintained by the Southern Research Station: Escambia and Palustris.