Research guidelines for the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest
The H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest (HJA) was established to promote research and education to improve our understanding of Pacific Northwest ecosystems and natural resource management. The HJA welcomes basic and applied research and education-related projects that do not conflict with existing programs or detract from the quality of the site. Users of the site should adhere to the following guidelines:
First step to planning research at the Andrews Forest is to submit a research proposal. All research conducted at the HJA is subject to approval by USFS, as well as by the Andrews Forest research group in order to avoid damage or conflict with existing long-term research. The Andrews Forest Director will send the proposal to the appropriate reviewers. All major manipulative experiments will be discussed with the Andrews scientific community with the intent of both increasing collaboration and maximizing field site utilization. Please allow at least four weeks for approval - projects involving major manipulations or requiring an environmental analysis will take much longer to review. Availability of funding by a does not ensure the research project will be approved by the Andrews Site Committee or by the U.S. Forest Service.
Once their project is approved, all researchers are required to:
- Ensure that all field crews/helpers have first aid training, use appropriate safety equipment, and carry a first aid kit. Please refer to the field safety procedures for a full description of the HJA safety policies.
- Notify the Forest Director whenever substantive additions to or modifications of an ongoing research project are planned.
- Remove flagging, PVC, instrumentation, and any other research debris after their research project is completed.
- Submit GPS locations of their research sites within the HJA to the Forest Director. A GPS unit is available for checkout at the HJA headquarters.
- Acknowledge use of the Andrews Forest site and or data in any publications. Citations are provided.
- Send your Andrews Forest related publications (an electronic PDF) to .
We also expect all researchers to submit data and metadata generated from research at the HJA for long-term archiving in the Forest Science Data Bank (FSDB). All data will remain securely under control of the investigator according to the current data access policy and can be made available through the Andrews Web pages if requested.