In association with the Southern Sierra CZO, the San Joaquin Experimental Range is part of an elevational transect that increases in altitude from west to east: SJER (400 m), Soaproot Saddle (1100 m), Providence Creek Headwater Catchments (P301, 2000 m), and Short Hair Creek (2700 m).
The San Joaquin Experimental Range (SJER) was established in 1934 and was California's first range research station. It was originally conceived as a cooperative interdisciplinary research center to identify cost-effect methods of commercial livestock production in the annual grass-oak pine woodlands, while maintaining the integrity of the ecosystem. More recently, research objectives have expanded and diversified to include research projects making contributions to our knowledge of the patterns and processes working in this ecosystem.
Located near the geographic center of California in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada, the SJER is the core site for the Pacific Southwest.
NEON data (core terrestrial) from this site.