Coram Experimental Forest

Location

48° 22' 59.9988" N, 113° 58' 59.9988" W
Brief Site Description: 
Coram Experimental Forest
Detailed Site Description: 

Coram was established in 1933 on the Flathead National Forest in northwest Montana as an area representative of the western larch (Larix occidentalis Nutt.) forest cover type distributed within the upper Columbia River basin. Western larch is a tree species that regenerates well in the exposed soil and sunny conditions that are typical after a fire or similar disturbance. Diverse and productive, the importance of this forest type to management priorities of federal land managers cannot be overstated. In the autumn, the foliage turns golden before falling, providing an opportunity for recreational viewing.

The Coram Experimental Forest represents western larch-mixed conifer forests of the Northern Rockies. Western larch research was centered at Coram Experimental Forest (CEF) to provide a scientific basis to regenerate and grow this important and valuable species. For example, the long-term silvicultural studies installed at CEF are allowing researchers and managers to understand the effects of multiple entries into stands on soil and forest productivity, as well as the potential of various silvicultural approaches to designing restoration of wildlife habitat. Climate and hydrological stations record variability in longterm weather and runoff. The Coram Research Natural Area contains old, large forest used as a reference site for comparison to managed areas. Coram Experimental Forest also offers educational opportunities in the award-winning Walk With Larch Trail, which demonstrates the long-term effects of numerous silvicultural choices. At the headquarters on the Hungry Horse District Ranger Station, the International Larix Arboretumcontains specimens of many larch trees of the world.

http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/coram/

Field Site Type: 
US affiliate
Registration: 
Unregistered
Network(s): 
USFS
Geology: 
shale
sandstone
other sedimentary
metasediments
Soil Order: 
Unknown
Average Winter Temperature: 
16°C
Study Start Date: 
Sunday, January 1, 1933 - 00:00
Mean Annual Precipitation: 
851millimeters / year
Average Annual Temperature: 
5°C
Average Summer Temperature: 
-7°C
Hydrology: Name: 
Abbot Creek
Hydrology: Surface water stream order: 
First Order
Hydrology: Surface water - Stream Flow Performance: 
Perennial
Hydrology: Groundwater: 
Unknown
Land Cover: 
Evergreen Forest
Climate: 
Temperate
Sub-Climate: 
Humid