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Penobscot Experimental Forest

Education & Outreach

Tour U.S. Forest Service research at the Penobscot Experimental Forest and see how different kinds of silviculture and harvesting have changed the forest over more than half a century. Learn from experts at the University of Maine, Maine Forest Service, Maine Audubon, and others around the state about how to manage your woodlot for the future, considering timber production, climate change, pests and disease. View extended version >>

[photo:] An undergraduate student receives training in regeneration inventory from forester Rick Dionne of the U.S. Forest Service.There are few places in the region where you can see the long-term outcomes of different types of forest management in one location, or interact with researchers working cooperatively on natural resource questions. The PEF is one such place, and has a long history of technology transfer. Scientists and cooperators host numerous tours each year, and provide education and research opportunities to college students in natural resource fields. 

[photo:] University of Maine, School of Forest Resources students working with U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station forester Rick Dionne (third from left) on the PEF in 2008.Undergrad Resources

The Forest Service works with our University partners to provide employment and training opportunities for undergraduate students in the fields of forestry and natural resource management. Students participate in field data collection, data entry, timber marking, treatment application, laboratory work, infrastructure maintenance, and library and archiving efforts.

[photo:] A University of Maine, School of Forest Resources graduate student measuring tree heights in the U.S. Forest Service experiment on the PEF in 2002.Grad Resources

The Forest Service’s study area and data are available to graduate student researchers, and are in constant demand for a wide range of investigations. Examples of recent theses reflect the diversity of research topics pursued within the long-term silvicultural experiment on the PEF.  Students and faculty who wish to pursue studies in collaboration with the Forest Service on the PEF must submit a proposal through the University Forests Office.

[photo:] Project leader John Brissette presents an overview of U.S. Forest Service research on the PEF.Professionals

Forest Service and University of Maine staff are available to give tours of the research to land management professionals and discuss results and their implications.  Although field tours can be arranged anytime, access during the winter is often limited.  In addition, researchers working on the PEF are always available for one-on-one consultation with clients.  Results of research on the PEF are regularly presented at regional, national, and international professional and scientific meetings.