Facilities & Programs
SNRAS operates many research programs in a wide range of subject areas, with facilities across the state. The Agricultural & Forestry Experiment Station (AFES) operates experiment farms and research sites in Fairbanks, Delta Junction, and Palmer.
The Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) conducts ecological research at the Bonanza Creek site and Caribou-Poker Creeks Research Watershed sites.
BAKLAP - Boreal Alaska Learning Adaptation and Production is an integrated program of forest research and management with education and outreach programs addressing natural resource managements, specifically forest biomass energy.
The Fairbanks Experiment Farm houses the Controlled Environment Agriculture Laboratory, the Georgeson Botanical Garden, the Reindeer Research Program's primary research herd, and research plots and fields for agronomic and forestry crops.
The UAF Program of Forest Dynamics and Management provides the people of Alaska with scientifically accurate information by monitoring the growth and change of the northern forests. With a goal of best-practice forest management, UAF researchers in this program seek to provide the best scientific information to help land managers and owners with decision-making.
Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) promotes and supports students, teachers, and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the dynamics of the Earth system.
The Palmer Center for Sustainable Living houses the Matanuska Experiment Farm, the Biomass Energy Research and Development Laboratory (BERDL), and the Wood Utilization Research program.
The Peace Corps Master's International Program combines UAF graduate study with Peace Corps volunteer service for an exciting option for a M.S. degree in Natural Resources
The Reindeer Research Program has been conducting research to help develop and promote Alaska's reindeer herding industry since 1981.
OneTree, a community outreach and research project coordinated by the UAF Forest Products Program, explores art and science through connections to a single tree. OneTree is based on an earlier project by the same name which got its start in 1998, when a single large oak was felled in the National Trust estate of Tatton Park in Cheshire, England. The OneTree project aims to show the unique value of woodlands and wood products by demonstrating the volume and quality of work that can be made from one tree. By focusing on a common goal—full utilization of a single tree—OneTree unleashes the breadth of creativity in its participants.
The long-term objective of the Forest Products Program is to help Alaska become competitive in the value-added forest products inducstry by providing specific technical, business, and marketing assistance. Proposals for new markets and new value-added products must take into account such economic factors as high costs of labor and transportation. Program research can potentially increase the volume of wood and nontimber forest products produced and marketed from Alaska's forests.