The Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot (YFDP) is a research and educational project affiliated with Utah State University, the University of Montana, Washington State University, and the University of Washington. The YFDP is located near Crane Flat in Yosemite National Park. It lies in old-growth, sugar pine - white fir forest. The plot size is 25.6 ha (320 m × 800 m). The YFDP is the largest permanent monitoring plot in the National Park System, and together with the companion plot in Wind River, is the largest permanent plot in western North America. All trees ≥ 1 cm at breast height (1.37 m) are mapped (35,027 trees). Shrub species are presently mapped by a combination of polygons and 2 m × 2 m demography patches. Canopy trees are generally 100 cm to 200 cm dbh. The YFDP was burned during the Rim Fire of 2013. Our research objectives for the YFDP are:
What's the weather like in the plot? The Crane Flat Lookout is less than 1 km away and only 200 m higher in elevation.