In 1979 Niwot Ridge was designated as a biosphere reserve under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Man and the Biosphere Program (MAB), an Intergovernmental Scientific Program that aims to establish a scientific basis for the improvement of relationships between people and their environments through interdisciplinary research, demonstration and training in natural resources management. The Niwot Ridge Biosphere Reserve covers 1200 ha of land and includes western spruce-fir forest, lodgepole pine forest, and alpine meadow habitats. The site is little influenced by human impact and is thus an excellent site to monitor biological, chemical, and physical responses to changes in atmospheric chemistry and climate. The biosphere reserve is administered cooperatively by the U.S. Forest Service and the University of Colorado for experimental and long-term studies of alpine tundra. Educational programs in the biosphere reserve focus primarily on the university level, but also include high schools and the general public.
Major Location Divisions in USFS - UNESCO Biosphere Reserve:
Niwot Ridge (USFS - UNESCO Biosphere Reserve)
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