The Olympic Experimental State Forest (OESF) is a place for learning about sustainable forest management. Research and monitoring is conducted by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and by other organizations and agencies. These studies take place on and off DNR-managed state lands.
The OESF Catalog of Research and Monitoring was developed to inventory information-gathering activities carried out on the west side of the Olympic Peninsula. To date, nearly 1,000 citations have been cataloged. All are of potential value in conservation efforts.
DNR is providing this Catalog to share the information gained. Catalog listings are available as a comprehensive bibliography and through themed reports described below. A short introduction is available, providing information about how the Catalog was compiled and organized.
Investigations of Species Populations (65KB PDF)
DNR's conservation strategies are designed to help us enhance habitat for three key species on the Olympic Peninsula - anadromous fish, northern spotted owl, and marbled murrelet - and several other special status species. These studies provide fundamental information on the abundance, structure, distribution, and movement of these populations.
Investigations of Species Habitat (107KB PDF)
Through habitat restoration, DNR seeks to benefit these species. Numerous studies characterize species-specific habitat conditions and trends on the Olympic Peninsula. Most studies address habitat for riparian-dependent species. Several upland habitat studies are cataloged, focused on prey-base dynamics for the northern spotted owl.
Species-Habitat Relationships (99KB PDF)
Understanding the habitat conditions in which these species are successful helps us refine conservation strategies. Other studies help us evaluate habitat quality based on our best understanding of habitat needs. Several watershed assessments are cataloged.
Management to Benefit Species (85KB PDF)
Several conservation plans - federal, state, and private - are cataloged here. They provide guidance for land management activities supporting species recovery. Restoration plans developed by local watershed groups guide site-specific remedies. Periodic reports on restoration activities provide an implementation record.
Effects of Management on Species Habitat (86KB PDF)
Many organizations have focused on studying the effects of forest management on habitat. Effectiveness of conservation measures has been of keen interest. Effects of management occurring prior to current conservation planning have been studied, too. Several DNR-sponsored projects are highlighted.
Effects of Management on Species Populations (66KB PDF)
The response of species populations to forest management has been studied. Most address effects on salmonid populations in the Olympic Peninsula. Many address streams crossing DNR-managed state trust lands. Upland studies also are cataloged, reporting on habitat use of various upland species in managed landscapes.
General Investigations of OESF Ecosystems (69KB PDF)
The line of investigation for many studies in the Catalog is not species-specific. Most of these characterize ecosystem dynamics and focus on communities or ecosystem processes. Several silvicultural trials also are cataloged, reporting on general stand response to management.
Socioeconomic Aspects of Habitat Conservation (33KB PDF)
The effects of conservation measures on social and economic systems is a unique line of study. Studies cataloged address the relationship between communities and natural resources found on the Olympic Peninsula.
For more information, please contact Teodora Minkova, OESF HCP Research and Monitoring Manager. A suggested citation for the Catalog is:
Teply, M. and C. Phifer. 2008. Olympic Experimental State Forest Catalog of Research and Monitoring. Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Land Management Division. Olympia, WA. Online database.
Please note: DNR does not endorse the research work of other parties. Conclusions made by authors are their own and may not reflect policy or management direction of the DNR.