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HJA Day 2013

Making Connections: Across the Andrews Forest

Thursday, June 27, 2013
H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Blue River, Oregon

Annual Field gathering to share information about research, education, and management at the Andrews Forest

Download the program for the event.

This is a free event. To help us plan transportation and catering,
registration is required by June 21.

Registration is now closed.


7:30 AM
Vans leave parking lot at southwest corner of Richardson Hall on the OSU Campus.
OSU campus map
9:30 AM
Morning refreshments at Andrews Forest Headquarters
9:45 AM
Indroductions in the Pavilion
10:15 AM
Sign ups for afternoon field trips. Move to morning stations.
10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00
Presentations around Headquarters (Education and "Ellie's Log", Spotted Owls, GREENHouse tour, Aquatic Ecology)
12:30 PM
Lunch in cafeteria
1:30 PM
Field trips (see list, below, for field trip descriptions and sign up information)
4:00 PM
Social Hour at Headquarters. early van returns to campus (back to Corvallis by 6PM)
5:00 PM
Vans depart for Corvallis (back to Corvallis by 7 PM)

Afternoon Field Trip Descriptions:

Attendees will choose from one of four field trips for the afternoon (1:30 - 4:00 PM). Sign up sheets will be posted on the morning of the event.

Watershed 1 Field Trip: A clear-cut and five decades later

Visit storied Watershed 1 (WS1) and participate in one of three field activities led by
• atmospheric ecologist, Chris Thomas, and high-school teacher and Research Experience for Teachers participant, John McGinity,
• riparian/stream ecologists Steve Wondzell and Alba Argerich, or
• vegetation ecologists Charlie Halpern and Rob Pabst.

WS1 has been under the macro-scope of forest and stream research since 1958. Two groups will visit the stream- and airshed-gauging stations near the mouth of WS1. The atmospheric group will release artificial fog to visualize the airflow in the deeply incised canyon to discuss typical flow patterns and vertical mixing. Additional activities will include measuring airflow with hand-held anemometers and a visit to the ground-based acoustic remote sensing unit located at the benchmark station Primet in close proximity to the HQ. The riparian/stream group will use salt and a fluorescent dye to trace the movement of water through the stream channel and (hopefully) into the hyporheic zone, and will discuss the workings of both the outsides and insides of streams. The vegetation group will drive to the top of WS1 to examine long-term successional plots (easily accessible on relatively flat ground). We will conduct remeasurements of the overstory and understory and compare and discuss our findings to previous observations from these plots.

Please bring patience, enthusiasm, and curiosity. Please bring rain gear if needed.

This field trip requires that participants can walk short distances on uneven single-track trails, with some fairly steep up and down hill sections. Some navigating around or over logs may be necessary for those in the vegetation group.

Phenology Field Trip – Science, Education, Cyber Connectivity

Head to the field with ecologists Mark Schulze, Judy Li, Sarah Hadley. Experience the new Andrews cyberforest infrastructure (a tool to connect scientists, students, teachers, and the public to the Forest) with a demonstration by Ecosystem Information Manager, Adam Kennedy. Take part in hands-on discovery with Schoolyard LTER Coordinator Kari O’Connell and past Research Experience for Teachers participants Allie Luftig and Jill Semlick. Phenology is one indicator of how plants and animals are responding to climate variability in mountainous terrain. Learn about how atmospheric and ecosystem processes are connected and potential effects on interactions among birds, insects and plants. Watch time-lapse phenology movies and get your hands on bugs.

Please bring rain gear if needed. Participants will move a short distance from one site to another on uneven terrain.

Discovery Trail Field Trip –Science, Science Communication, and Science-Management. Perspective matters in communicating stories about nature.

The Andrews Forest has a new feature — the Discovery Trail.  Tour the new discovery trail with long-time Andrews researcher and geomorphologist Fred Swanson, USFS Science Liaison Cheryl Friesen, Archaeologist Tim Fox, Silviculturist Lisa Helmig, Forester Gary Rost, and OSU Cooperative Extension Forester Brad Withrow-Robinson.


  1. Discovery Through Art. View nature through the eyes of an artist and the works of poets. (Leads:  Fred Swanson and Leah Wilson)
  2. Discovering how forests age.  How can you tell a young forest from an old one, and what clues can you look for to see how time has taken its toll?  What values do different age classes provide to wildlife and people?  A silviculturist, geologist, private lands extension specialist, and wildlife ecologist will help you visualize the past and forecast the possible future and values of an old growth and young growth forest. (Leads: Cheryl Friesen, Brad Withrow-Robinson, Gary Rost, Lisa Helmig)
  3. Ancient People Discovery.  We weren't the first people to create trails through these woods, and if our lives truly depended on it, what would we look for to survive? An archaeologist will talk about the people who lived here for thousands of years before us and how they interacted with their forest home. This may be followed by a flint-knapping demonstration to show how ancient people discovered the magic within obsidian (Leads: Tim Fox, Eric Bergland)
  4. Discovery Discussion.  Round Robin from the group — What story captured your imagination today?

Please bring rain gear if needed. 

Be prepared to walk on gravel roads and single-track trails, approximately 1 mile total, with a few short, steep pitches.

Log Decomposition Field Trip – Mini-Writing Retreat and Old Dead Logs

This field trip heads to the site of two coupled, fascinating long-term programs. Trip leaders will combine the science behind a dedicated 200-year science experiment in log decomposition, and a dedicated 200-year writing experiment. This field trip will be led by geologist Julia Jones, writer and environmental ethicist Michael P. Nelson, and writer and environmental scholar Lissy Goralnik. Jones will explain the surprising things we’ve learned about decomposition, carbon sequestration, and the importance of “dead” trees for the forest. Nelson and Goralnik will lead the group through a mini-writing retreat.

Please bring a pen or pencil, something to write on, something to sit on, rain gear if needed, an eagerness to be imaginative and energized, and good cheer. Total walking will be ~1/2 mile on single track, but relatively flat, terrain.


The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Please contact Michael Nelson, if you need an accommodation in order to attend this event.