University begins experimental forest

Posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2008

FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Fairbanks is starting a new experimental forest project on the West Ridge part of campus.

UAF plans two acre habitat plots with species from the world's three circumpolar forest regions.

UAF Cooperative Extension Service Forester Bob Wheeler said the trees and plants will be indigenous forest of northern Europe, Alaska-Canada and Siberia.

Wheeler said it will be unique to have all the species native to the world's boreal forests growing in one place. The trees include spruces, pines, firs, larch and 35 varieties of birch.

The forest plots will be part of a new West Ridge Plaza that will include sidewalks so the trees and plants can be easily viewed and assessed for impacts due to climate change.

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