Research and Permits

Field research conducted on the University Forests (UF), including the Penobscot Experimental Forest (PEF), requires approval before work can commence. Research on the PEF requires approval from the Research Operations Team; research on other UF sites requires approval from the University Forest Manager. This permit application applies to both situations. The purpose of the permitting process is to (1) ensure that the proposed activities do not compromise existing long-term experiments or alter the ecological integrity of the Forests, and (2) provide a record of the diverse research activities taking place on these Forests.

When applying to conduct research on either the PEF or the UF, please provide the information requested below and send to the University Forest Manager (Keith Kanoti; Early submission of your applications is strongly advised. The turn-around time varies depending on the complexity of the request and season of year.

Penobscot Experimental Forest and University (of Maine) Forests Research Permit Application

The U.S. Forest Service has published shapefiles of the PEF forest boundary, experiments, management unit (stand) boundaries, sample plot locations, and roads and trails. These data can be found at Note that University of Maine compartments and sample plot locations are not included in this data publication.


US Forest Service Penobscot Experimental Forest (PEF)


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