In the 1930s, California state and federal agencies began exploring how the Central Valley of California's water supply might be increased through management of Sierra Nevada watersheds. In 1938, a 1,300-ha area surrounding Teakettle Creek was designated the Teakettle Experimental Area and five drainages were chosen for study. Stream-gauging stations and sediment basins were built in the 1940s. The area is old-growth forest at 2,000 to 2,800 m elevation and consists primarily of mixed-conifer and red fir forest common on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada.
The Lower Teakettle (TEAK) site encompasses 5,138 hectares (12,696 acres) of mixed conifer and red fir forest, ranging in elevation from 1,990 to 2,807 m (6,529 – 9,209ft). The varied terrain is typical of the Sierra Nevada, with rugged mountains, meadows and prominent granite outcrops. TEAK has been designated as one of two relocatable terrestrial sites for the Pacific Southwest domain. The core aquatic site, Teakettle Creek, is just south of the terrestrial site.
NEON data (relocatable terrestrial) from this site.