Canadian Forest Service Publications

Acadia Research Forest: a brief introduction to a living laboratory. 2006. Swift, D.E.; Kilpatrick, B.; Murray, T.S.; Toole, D.; Henderson, J.M.; Pitt, C.M. Pages 104-118 (Vol. GISF Res. Paper 005) in L.C. Irland, A.E. Camp, J.C. Brissette, and Z.R. Donohew, editors. Long-term Silvicultural & Ecological Studies. Results for Science and Management. Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry, New Haven, CT, USA.

Year: 2006

Issued by: Atlantic Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 26357

Language: English

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Forest research activities began at the Acadia Research Forest (ARF, then known as the Acadia Forest Experiment Station) in 1933. The ARF was the second in a series of research forests that were established by the Canadian government to develop and demonstrate sustainable forest management practices. It occupies approximately 9000 ha of forest in the Acadian Forest Region near Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Presently, it serves as a living laboratory for the Atlantic Forestry Centre of Natural Resources Canada’s Canadian Forestry Service. A brief history of its establishment is provided. The climate, site conditions, long-term databases, collaborators, and facilities of the research forest are also described. Examples of past and present research activities are presented, with indications of their application to forest management.