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Open House Events Slated Jan. 14 on Designating Harshaw Forestry Research Farm as an Experimental Forest

Rhinelander, WI, January 6, 2015 - The USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station is proposing to change the designation of a longtime research site near Rhinelander, Wis., from a “Forestry Research Farm” to an “experimental forest” in an effort to expand opportunities for scientists studying Wisconsin’s forest ecosystems. The Harshaw Forestry Research Farmwould become the Rhinelander Experimental Forest.

A former agricultural farm, the Harshaw Forestry Research Farm was established in 1972 by the USDA Forest Service and the Department of Energy as a venue for experiments related to trees as bioenergy crops. It has been managed for more than 40 years by the Forest Service. As an experimental forest, the site could host long-term research on ecosystem processes, silviculture and forest management options, wildlife habitat characteristics, and forest growth and development.

Northern Research Station staff will be available to answer questions and accept comments on the proposal to change the site’s designation during two open house events slated for Wednesday, Jan. 14:

 

  • 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Supervisors Office, 500 Hanson Lake Road in Rhinelander.
  • 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Northern Research Station’s Rhinelander Lab, 5985 Highway K.

 “Designation as an experimental forest means that the land can support long-term field research, education, and monitoring relevant to the nation’s and Wisconsin’s environment and economy,” said Deahn Donner-Wright, Project Leader for the Station’s Institute for Applied Ecosystem Studies in Rhinelander. “Changing the designation would encourage more partnerships and more research opportunities for scientists in Wisconsin, the region and the nation.”

The Northern Research Station manages 22 experimental forests and two cooperating experimental forests. Nationally, a network of 80 Experimental Forests and Ranges has been established progressively since 1908.

“Long-term research is a unique and invaluable attribute of Forest Service science,” said Michael T. Rains, Director of the Northern Research Station and the Forest Products Laboratory. “For over 100 years, the USDA Forest Service has been developing leading-edge technologies in forest stewardship and deploying these management, protection and utilization measures on the nation’s forest lands across a complex rural to urban land gradient.

The mission of the Forest Service's Northern Research Station is to improve people’s lives and help sustain the natural resources in the Northeast and Midwest through leading-edge science and effective information delivery.

The mission of the Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the Nation's clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.

 

The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The mission of the Forest Service's Northern Research Station is to improve people’s lives and help sustain the natural resources in the Northeast and Midwest through leading-edge science and effective information delivery.

The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/.

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