The Pinelands Field Station’s formal association with Rutgers University dates to 1985 when the Rutgers Division of Pinelands Research obtained a 10-year lease on the facility from the U.S. Forest Service and N.J. Department of Environmental Protection.
The station’s origins, though, date to 1932 with the establishment of Lebanon Experimental Forest and the construction of the main building, part of the garage and a fire tower by the Forest Service.
The station was originally known as the Allegheny Forest Experiment Station (Lebanon Forest Branch Station), but is now part of the Forest Service’s Northeastern Forest Experiment Station.
Silas Little, a research forester with the Forest Service and the first station director, was instrumental in setting up the earliest research in the N.J. Pine Barrens using prescribed fire to reduce wildfire hazard and to promote tree growth.
The fire tower was later removed and various additions and outbuilding and a greenhouse have been added since. The Division of Pinelands Research continues to make physical improvements to the station.