Research and Demonstration:
Researchers use the native forest to study and demonstrate a variety of topics of interest to woodland owners. Studies and demonstrations include walnut establishment trials and production of valuable wood products from diseased trees salvaged from the forest.
A small area of timber is being partially harvested to study the costs and benefits of woody biomass feedstock production for the bioenergy sector. Researchers also are studying the impacts of this woody biomass removal on wildlife populations as well as on forest processes. Unwanted undergrowth is aggressively managed in demonstration areas throughout the forest, as well as a long-term study on the impacts of deer browsing on seedling survival, growth and internal wood quality. Given the current rate of oak decline in Iowa, researchers also study and demonstrate methods for re-establishing oak trees through harvesting and prescribed burning.