In the early 1970s, UVM began a silviculture research program on the southern parcel focused on application of shelterwood harvests in northern hardwoods and planting of native hardwood species. This research ran through the 1990s but has not been carried forward since then. The Bales parcel experienced some timber harvesting in the 1950s and was otherwise used only for recreation prior to UVM’s 2018 acquisition.
Due to its distance from campus, Washington Research Forest sees limited use. In 2017, the Rubenstein School initiated a research project focusing on growth and survival of planted seedlings representing species expected to be adapted to future climate conditions.
Note that there is no dedicated parking or road access to Washington Research Forest. From Route 110 in Chelsea, Vermont, go north on Upper Village Road for approximately 1 mile, then turn left onto Washington Turnpike. After ½ mile, bear right onto Pepper Road. Washington Research Forest is located on Roberts Road, a Class 4 road accessed approximately 1 mile up Pepper Road.