forest canopy
deciduous forests
modular structures
tensile strength
temperate rain forests

How to Cite

Lowman, M., & Bouricius, B. (1995). THE CONSTRUCTION OF PLATFORMS AND BRIDGES FOR FOREST CANOPY ACCESS. Selbyana, 16(2), 179–184. Retrieved from


A modular construction system of bridges and platforms has been designed to facilitate access into forest canopies. This technique creates permanent sites at moderate cost for long term observations and data collection, and allows collaborative research by a group of researchers within one region. Walkways have been constructed in both temperate and tropical forest ecosystems. The approximate costs, safety concerns, and construction specifications are described for two sites: one in subtropical rain forests of Belize, Central America, and one in a temperate deciduous forest at Millbrook, New York.


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