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Northern Research Station
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726
(608) 231-9318
(608) 231-9544 TTY/TDD

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Ecology and Management of Northern Forests


The Northern Research Station has realigned our staff from 37 Research Work Units and Programs into 14 new Research Work Units.

RWU-4155 is now part of NRS-7, Northern Forest Science and Applications.

Our Mission

Sunshine through trees in Catskills.Provide the scientific foundation for sustainable management of northern forests through research and technology transfer.

Our Research

Mission Problem: Long-term manipulative research and monitoring will be maintained at Bartlett, Massabesic, and Penobscot Experimental Forests as sources of knowledge, discovery, and development, and as demonstration and education sites.

  1. To understand the current condition and past development of northern forests and to manage these forests in a sustainable manner, we must improve our knowledge of short- and long-term ecosystem responses to silvicultural treatments.
  2. To predict the effects of silvicultural treatments on wildlife habitat, we must understand the relationships between composition and structure of forest vegetation, and the needs of wildlife throughout their life cycles.
  3. To predict the effects of management on northeastern forest ecosystems, we must understand the complex interactions among forest dynamics, nutrient cycling, and disturbance processes, particularly from destructive invasive species.
  4. To address emerging issues in forest ecosystem sustainability, we will integrate remote sensing and process modeling with field studies so that we can develop indices of ecosystem function and health that are applicable across landscapes.


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This site is under development as the Forest Service brings together the Northeastern and North Central Research Stations to form the Northern Research Station, serving the Northeast and Midwest. Check back often as we expand our site to reflect our combined commitment to supporting the natural resources and people of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States.

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Last Modified: 12/21/2007

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Experimental Forests

Bartlett Experimental Forest-stream flows over rocky bottom

Bartlett Experimental Forest
Bartlett, New Hampshire

Massabesic Experimental Forest-Regeneration and Renewal research--Forest road with trees in fall colors

Massabesic Experimental Forest
York County, Maine

Penobscot Experimental Forest sign

Penobscot Experimental Forest
Penobscot County , Maine


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