Penobscot Experimental Forest (Bradley)

The Penobscot Experimental Forest (PEF) consists of approximately 3,800 acres in Bradley and Eddington owned by the University of Maine and co-managed with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).  The PEF was created in 1950 through a unique agreement between the USFS and several forestry products companies.  The land was subsequently donated by the companies to UMaine, which manages it with USFS primarily for research and education.  

I hiked three miles at the PEF this morning, starting out at a small parking lot on Government Road at a locked gate just past the Maine Forest and Logging Museum.  Although not overly scenic in a traditional sense, this is an interesting place to walk in that it provides an opportunity to view forests in different stages of development.  The forest also provides excellent wildlife habitat. 

Here is a map of today's hike from the parking area to Blackman Stream.