Thompson Research Site


Description
The site has provided the opportunity to investigate the ecology, productivity, and nutrient dynamics of forest ecosystems. The site is primarily dominated by relatively pure stands of second-growth Douglas fir and Red Alder. It is closed to the public. The site has been used by the UW since 1961. It is currently being used for class field trips.
Location
Lower Cedar River Watershed in southeastern King County. Elevation 220 m.
Contact
SEFS Director's Office, 206-543-2730, sefsuw@u.washington.edu
Acreage
N/A
Buildings
12' x 16' cabin (50 yrs. old) in good shape; 16' x 18' open shed (new), used as carport, in excellent condition.
Equipment
None.
Housing
None.
Owner
City of Seattle. Use is managed by the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.
Support
Research grants and contracts.
Recent Usage
Research: A wide variety of productivity, acid rain, mineral cycling, tree physiology, meteorology, and fertilization studies have been conducted, however, no research is currently being done. Instruction: Class field trips. Non-UW: None.
Usage Fee
None.
Condition
Good.
Communication
Radio, cellular phone.
Access
Limited access. Research site is on the Cedar River Watershed, which is closed to the public. Access by permit from watershed only. Access by road, 3 miles from paved highway.
Unique Environment
Second-growth Douglas Fir and Red Alder forest on two major soil types.
Faculty/Staff
None.