Biological field stations and experimental forests conduct significant long-term ecological research, provide important unbiased scientific research, and evaluate key environmental issues, such as climate change, pollution, and threatened wildlife habitats. They are often affiliated with universities, National Parks and Monuments, and the U.S Forest Service. Stations often vary in size and specific missions. Aquatic and agricultural research that takes scientists out of the classroom and laboratories to conduct hands-on research in biology, botany, ornithology, ichthyology, limnology, and entomology. Experimental forests dedicate their work to evaluating forest management options, forest and vegetation growth and development, as well as characteristics of various wildlife. Stations and forests also often invest in the next generation of scientists by training students from the undergraduate to doctoral level to observe natural processes, develop hypothesis, and learn to critically contemplate environmental concerns. Many also develop and provide educational outreach programs for the public and for K-12 schools in order to engage their communities in the importance of ecological studies.
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Tour PostscriptOrganization of Biological Field Stations. “What are Field Stations?” https://obfst.memberclicks.net/ (accessed April 5, 2019).
United States Department of Agriculture. “Experimental Forests.” https://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/ef/ (accessed April 5, 2019).