Héen Latinee Experimental Forest
The Héen Latinee Experimental Forest, established in 2009, is one of three experimental forests in Alaska. Experimental forests are regions of forest designated as natural laboratories. Héen Latinee, which means "River Watcher" in the Tlingit language, offers a unique opportunity to explore the interaction of many different habitat types - marine, estuary, bog forest, alpine meadow, and icefield - covering the entire transition from icefield to ocean. The forest's habitat coverage and location within the temperate rainforest make it an ideal setting to explore the long term effects of climate change, warming sea temperatures, and ecological succession.
Héen Latinee began as a forest service initiative and has since become a collaborative project. On April 11, 2013, the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station partnered with the Forest Service’s Alaska Region, the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS), and the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (CCTHITA) to collaboratively manage the Héen Latinee Experimental Forest. To read the full MOU click here.
To read more about Héen Latinee, please visit the Pacific Northwest Research Station website.
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