Mountain Lake Biological Station (MLBS) is a remote, but accessible research station and is a unit of the College of Arts & Sciences at University of Virginia. It sits at 1160 meters on the top of Salt Pond Mountain in the southern Appalachian mountains in southwestern Virginia. It consists of 259 hectares of forested reserve.
The vegetation is typical of Southern Appalachian Montane Hemlock/Oak Forest consisting of mixed deciduous forests.
Site history & management
MLBS was established in 1930 by the University of Virginia's (UVA) Department of Biology as a summer facility for teaching and research, but took off as a national research station in the late 1960's and early 1970's. It is a full service research station managed by UVA.
Regiopnally, MLBS represents the range in biodiversity present in forested expanses in D07.
Scientists, students and collaborators at MLBS take advantage of the rich and diverse habitat for studying terrestrial and aquatic field biology. Starting in the 1960's, MLBS gained momentum as a population based field research station.