Coram

The Coram Biosphere Reserve and Experimental Forest is located on the Flathead National Forest near Glacier National Park, 45 km east of Kalispell (Montana).

It is an outdoor laboratory, established in 1933 to provide basic information needed to manage western larch (Larix occidentalis) forests. Research results point the way to proper application of silvicultural practices to achieve ecosystem management goals and enhance biodiversity of species.

 

Declaration Date: 1976
Surface Area: 3,019 ha
Administrative Division: Coram Experimental Forest; U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service

Human Activities

Coram is not inhabited and there are no major economic activities carried out in order not to interfere with the longterm research objectives of the area, which has no zonation scheme.

There is some harvesting of wild berries, game hunting and some recreational activities such as hiking and cross-country skiing. A curriculum was developed to assist science teachers in local schools to use Coram Experimental Forest as an outdoor classroom.

A local high school science class monitors water quality on a major stream originating in the area. University silviculture classes annually visit this area to supplement classroom instruction with examples of 50 years of continuous research.

Ecological Characteristics

The Coram Biosphere Reserve and Experimental Forest is located on the Flathead National Forest near Glacier National Park, 45 km east of Kalispell (Montana).

It is an outdoor laboratory, established in 1933 to provide basic information needed to manage western larch (Larix occidentalis) forests. Research results point the way to proper application of silvicultural practices to achieve ecosystem management goals and enhance biodiversity of species.

Western larch and Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) are the most common of 10 conifer species. Many trees are over 300 years old with a few larch trees over 500 years old. A 1992 Larix symposium culminated in the establishment of the International Larix Arboretum at Coram Experimental Forest Headquarters. It includes most of the world's Larix species. 


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