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      Biosphere Reserve Information

United States of America


  General Description   The San Dimas Biosphere Reserve and Experimental Forest is located in southern California, in a chaparral-dominated Mediterranean ecosystem. In addition to the chaparral vegetation (with e.g. Adenostoma fasciculatum), riparian woodland, sage-buckwheat and barren areas, oak woodland and open yellow pine woodlands are represented. San Dimas constitutes a protected field laboratory jointly managed by the Angeles National Forest and Pacific Southwest Research Station. Studies have provided valuable information on air pollution, fire effects, erosion, hydrology, and plants and animals in southern California watersheds. The area also provides opportunities for ecological research to many nearby colleges, universities and governmental agencies.
The forest is currently closed for the general public, except under special written permit. No hunting or other recreational activities are currently allowed.
  Major ecosystem type   Evergreen sclerophyllous forests, woodlands or scrub
  Major habitats & land cover types   Mixed conifer woodlands; mixed oak woodlands; chamise chaparral; northern mixed chaparral; coastal Sage scrub; grassland
  Location   3412'N; 11746'W
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   6,945
  Core area(s)  
  Buffer zone(s)  
  Transition area(s) when given  
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +381 to +1,615
  Year designated   1976
  Administrative authorities   San Dimas Experimental Forest USDA, Forest Service
  Brief description   Watershed processes
Fire effects on ecosystems
Fire effects on migratory bird populations and habitat use
Evolution research
Global climate change
Long term monitoring of hydrology, stream chemistry, climate parameters, and avian ecology
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   Climate, global change, habitat, hydrology, monitoring/methodologies.
  Biodiversity   Birds, ecology, evolutionary studies/palaeoecology/evolution, fires/fire ecology, methodologies.
  Socio-economic   n.a.
  Integrated monitoring   Impact and risk studies/Environmental impact, watershed studies/monitoring.
  Contact address   Peter Wohlgemuth
San Dimas Experimental Forest
4955 Canyon Crest Drive
92507 Riverside, California
United States of America
  Telephone   (1.909) 680 1538
  Fax   (1.909) 680 1501
  Contact address   David Weise
Forest Fire Laboratory
4955 Canyon Crest Drive
92507 Riverside, California
United States of America
  Telephone   (1.909) 680 1543
  Fax   (1.909) 680 1501

Last updated: 09/01/2002

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