The Lubrecht Experimental Forest is a 28,000-acre outdoor laboratory and classroom located 30 miles northeast of Missoula, Montana, in the Blackfoot River drainage. The University of Montana's Forest and Conservation Experiment Station and the Montana Department of State Lands jointly own and cooperatively manage the forest.
Almost 80% of the Lubrecht Experimental Forest is a mix of Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) and ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa). Open ponderosa pine stands with grassy openings dominate low-elevation, south-facing slopes, and Douglas-fir dominates north- and east-facing slopes. Approximately 10% of the forest is covered with dense stands of lodgepole pine (P. contorta) that established following wildfires.
Research and Resources -
Fire - Fire Surrogate Study (FFS): The Lubrecht Experimental Forest is home to 1 of 13 national study sites used to evaluate the effects of thinning and burning treatments on vegetation, fuels, wildfire potential and behavior, and ecosystem structure and processes in frequently burned, fire-adapted forests. Many of the resources below were part of the national and/or western Montana portion of the FFS study.
Fire Effects - Plants:
Lubrecht State Experimental Forest prescribed fire effects study 1973-2006
Fuels Assessments & Monitoring:
Assessing the performance of sampling designs for measuring abundance of understory plants after forest restoration
Fuel Treatments & Prescriptions:
Postharvest residue burning under alternative silvicultural practices
Fuel Treatments & Prescriptions - Effectiveness:
Restoration treatment effects on stand structure, tree growth, and fire hazard in a ponderosa pine/Douglas-fir forest in Montana