News Release

Local U.S. Forest Service Experimental Forest Chosen for U.S.-China Climate Change & Forests Initiative

April 12, 2016

Asheville, NC — The Santee Experimental Forest located in Berkley County near Charleston, SC is one of two U.S. Forest Service experimental forests that was chosen to participate in the U.S.-China Climate Change and Forests Initiative, a new program of the U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The other experimental forest is the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, North Woodstock, NH.

Carl Trettin
Carl Trettin

"It is a great honor to have the Santee Experimental Forest as only one of two forests chosen in the United States," said Carl Trettin, Team Leader U.S. Forest Service Center for Forested Wetlands Research located on the Santee. "Collaboration through the US – China Climate Change Working Group affords the opportunity to assess environmental monitoring systems, experiments and simulation tools to ensure that there are robust capabilities to support management to sustain the goods and services derived from forested landscapes. This is particularly important in the lower coastal plain, where the Santee Experimental Forest is located.  This rapidly urbanizing region is subject to tropical storms, extreme precipitation events and sea level rise which must be considered in developing management strategies."

The U.S.-China Climate Change and Forests Initiative is a cooperative effort among the Forest Service, the U.S. Department of State, and the China State Forestry Administration, and is designed to facilitate technical cooperation between the U.S. and China on climate mitigation and adaptation issues. Forest Service International Programs selected only two U.S. experimental forests – the Santee Experimental Forest and the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest – to partner with two forests in China, the Wangqing Forest Bureau in northern China and the Tropical Forest Experimental Center in Guangxi Province in southern China, as sites for the engagement of technical experts, discussion of land management practices, and possible joint research projects.

The Santee Experimental Forest was established in 1937 and is located in the Coastal Plain of South Carolina on 6,100 acres of forested wetlands. The Santee was once part of the Francis Marion National Forest which was established in 1933. The Santee includes a series of gauged watersheds where hydrologic data on water flow and quality has been collected for over four decades. Santee also has weather stations that also have collected data on a continual basis for many years. The forest sits on the edge of an area of intense urban and suburban development.