Canadian Forest Service Publications

Acadia Research Forest: an outdoor classroom for forestry education. 2016. McMullen, J. NRCan - Making a Difference #15.

Year: 2016

Available from: Atlantic Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 37004

Language: English

CFS Availability: PDF (download)

Abstract

The Acadia Research Forest (ARF) was founded in 1933 by the Dominion Forest Service, a predecessor of the Canadian Forest Service (CFS). The 9,000 hectare ARF is representative of the Acadian forest region that is the predominant forest type of the Maritime provinces. It is managed by the Atlantic Forestry Centre and is located about 20 kilometres (km) east of Fredericton, New Brunswick. The original purpose of the ARF was to be an outdoor laboratory for forestry research and provide researchers with secure, long-term research sites. The oldest maintained research sites at ARF are direct seedling trials that were established in 1923.

Plain Language Summary

The 9,000-ha Acadia Research Forest (ARF), is managed by the Canadian Forest Service’s Atlantic Forestry Centre and is located about 20 km east of Fredericton, New Brunswick. It was founded in 1933 by the Dominion Forest Service, a predecessor of the Canadian Forest Service. The original purpose of the ARF was to be an outdoor laboratory and provide researchers with secure, long-term research sites. The ARF contains more than 600 plantations, hundreds of research sites, and nine ecological reserves. The forestry programs at the University of New Brunswick and Maritime College of Forest Technology use the ARF to teach ecology, silviculture, road construction, and bridge and culvert installation. In addition to providing long-term research sites and educational opportunities, the ARF is also used by collaborators for state-of-the-art installations such as the Accuair Wind Tunnel, an ecological monitoring tower, and a geomagnetic calibration facility.

Also available under the title:
La forêt expérimentale Acadia : une salle de classe en plein air pour la formation en foresterie (French)

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