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The office/lab building, left.  Right, Salt Salmon open-air pavilion. Photographed by Al Levno ..... Date: 1/95
The Headquarters for the Andrews Experimental Forest is located in the southwest section of the site, near the Blue River Reservoir. The facility, composed of apartments, offices, conference hall, and classroom, is available for year-round use. The Headquarters facilities are used by researchers, resource managers, educators, and writers. Facilities are available for a variety of group functions such as short courses, workshops, small conferences, overnight field trips, and retreats. Priority during summer field season is given to research projects and education groups. The winter season is quieter: use by federal, state and private organizations is welcomed and encouraged. H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest Facilities Brochure is available (PDF: 849Kb).
The inside view of Rainbow Bunkhouse, photographed by Al Levno...Date: 3/17/2002

Housing at the headquarters site consists of 11 apartments in two quadruplexes (four 4-bedroom and four 5-bedroom units each with two baths, kitchen and dining/living rooms) and a triplex (two 2-bedroom/one bath units with kitchen and dining/living room). Bedrooms have 2 twin beds. Total overnight capacity at the headquarters site ranges from 60-80 people, depending on configuration. During summer months, primitive camping facilities are available at nearby Lookout Research Camp (tent spots, picnic tables, outhouses). People within a project are normally assigned an apartment together, with several smaller groups frequently sharing an apartment.

Views of conference room, lab, and classroom, photographed by Al Levno...Date: 3/17/2002

Classrooms, laboratories, offices and a library are in two adjoining buildings of about 465 m² (5050 ft²) each. The classrooms consist of a teaching laboratory with a capacity for 32 students, a lecture hall (with digital projector) that can be configured for 100-plus people, and a library/conference room with seating for 15-20 participants. Limited office space can be rented by long-term visitors. Laboratory space consists of two small water labs with hoods, a soils laboratory, an herbarium/vegetation lab, and a computer room with 6-8 desktop computers. All labs, offices, classrooms and apartments are connected via a wireless local area network. Cell phone service at Andrews forest can be quite limited; a landline phone is available in the office building for visitors and requires a calling card for long distance calls.

View of new dining hall, photographed by Tom Iraci ...Date: 6/19/2002 A dining hall seating 80 people with a fully equipped institutional kitchen is on site. A list of potential caterers is available from the Site Manager. This building also houses coin-operated laundry facilities and additional showers and restrooms.

The pavilion is an open-sided, peaked-roofed structure with a concrete-slab floor and can be used for a wide range of functions, weather permitting. It is equipped with tables , folding chairs and barbecue grills. Pavilion, photographed by Al Levno..... Date: 1/95
1971 Tucker snow cat making a routine winter field servicing trip around the Andrews Forest, Photographed by Al Levno ..... Date: 1/89

Although summer access is excellent, with a good road and trail systems, winter access beyond the Headquarters can be difficult due to heavy snowpacks. Snowcats and snowmobiles are available to researchers for the cost of operation. Note that an advance training certification session is required for their use.