Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station

The Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station conducts research to enhance the quality of life in Alaska through development of natural, economic and human resources. Research emphasizes factors typical of high latitudes and is designed to provide the information and technology needed to manage renewable resources for the economic and social well-being of Alaskans. This work includes studies of natural and manipulated ecosystems, sustainable soil productivity, food safety, genetics for improved plant and animal productivity and enhanced livestock production. Additional research areas involve economic and legal aspects of resource use, silviculture and forest management, resource use for tourism and recreation, and education and communications in resources management.

AFES research centers are located on the Fairbanks campus and at Palmer in the Matanuska Valley. A plant materials center, established cooperatively by AFES and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, is located near Palmer. Agronomy research is conducted near Delta Junction and Point MacKenzie, and research to support Alaska's reindeer industry is underway near Nome. Forestry research is carried out in the Bonanza Creek Experimental Forest near Fairbanks in cooperation with scientists from the Boreal Ecology Cooperative Research Unit, U.S. Forest Service. UAF soil scientists are part of an international team studying the carbon flux in arctic tundra soils as it affects global change.

AFES faculty have a leadership role in the Long-Term Ecological Research program funded by the National Science Foundation. This research, which is determining the structure and function of northern boreal forest ecosystems, forms the basis for sustainable forest management practices.

AFES faculty at the Fairbanks research center represent the disciplines of agronomy, animal science, economics, food science, forestry, horticulture, land use planning, outdoor recreation, plant pathology, resource policy and law, and soil science. The Palmer research center has faculty in agronomy, horticulture, range science and soil science. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/snras/afes/ or call 907-474-7083.


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