Desert Experimental Range

Location

38° 36' 1.44" N, 113° 44' 47.4" W
Brief Site Description: 
The Desert Experimental Range is located mostly in Pine Valley, Millard County, Utah.
Detailed Site Description: 

The Desert Experimental Range is located mostly in Pine Valley, Millard County, Utah and is geographically and floristically representative of approximately 62,500 square miles (160,000 square kilometers) of salt-desert shrub and shrub-grass ecosystems found in the cold deserts of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateaus of western North America. It was established in 1933 when President Herbert Hoover set aside 87 square mile sections (225 square kilometers) for “an agricultural range experiment station.” The Desert Experimental Range quickly became a center for cold-desert rangeland research and a range ecology educational site of international significance. In 1976 it was designated a Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Culture Organization (UNESCO) under the Man and Biosphere (MAB) program. Currently it is one of a handful of Biosphere Reserves representative of cold-deserts worldwide and is unique in this respect in the Western Hemisphere.

http://www.fs.fed.us/rmrs/experimental-forests/desert-experimental-range/

Field Site Type: 
US affiliate
Registration: 
Unregistered
Network(s): 
USFS
Geology: 
carbonate
metasediments
Soil Order: 
Aridisol
Entisol
Average Winter Temperature: 
-4°C
Study Start Date: 
Sunday, January 1, 1933 - 00:00
Mean Annual Precipitation: 
165millimeters / year
Average Summer Temperature: 
25°C
Hydrology: Surface water - Stream Flow Performance: 
Unknown
Hydrology: Groundwater: 
Unknown
Land Cover: 
Shrubland
Climate: 
Mediterranean
Sub-Climate: 
Semiarid