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DOE National Environmental Research Parks
and Associated Ecoregions

The seven National Environmental Research Parks are located within six major ecoregions of the United States. These ecoregions cover more than half of the nation (click on map below to enlarge).

National Environmental Research Parks and Associated Ecoregions

Fermilab in Illinois provides research opportunities in tallgrass prairie and its interfaces with marshes, scrubby wetlands, creeks, ponds, and deciduous forests. The Park is located in a mosaic of tall prairie grasses.

Hanford Park in Washington State is one of two Parks that allow comparative studies of ecological processes in sagebrush-steppe ecosystems. This Park is located in the Columbia River Basin Ecoregion and allows research with the grass-sagebrush interface.

Idaho Park is the second of two Parks that allow comparative studies of ecological processes in sagebrush-steppe ecosystems. This Park is located in the Snake River Basin Ecoregion and includes numerous cool desert communities.

Los Alamos Park in New Mexico includes the arid pinyon-juniper communities and their interfaces with coniferous forests and mountain meadows and valleys. This Park is located in a mosaic of mountains and montane environments.

Nevada Test Site Park is positioned in the transition between the Southern and Northern Basin and Range Ecoregions. This Park includes a vast desert area of mountain ridges, closed basins, and diverse community ecotones.

Oak Ridge Park in Tennessee is part of the eastern deciduous forest system. The Park is located in the Central Appalachian Ridge and Valley Ecoregion near its transition with the Blue Ridge Mountain Ecoregion.

Savannah River Park in South Carolina provides research opportunities in cypress swamp and southeastern pine and hardwood forests. The Park is located in the Southeastern Plains Ecoregion.

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