April 1, 2005
UPCOMING EVENTS AND DATES TO NOTE: PI meetings-May 13, June 20 HJA Day-June 22 Safety Review at HJA-June 21 LTER Mid-Term Review-July 18-20
John Laurence, Barbara Bond, Greg Downing, Suzanne Remillard, Randy Wildman, Jay Sexton, Dan Sobota, Craig Creel, Terry Cryer, Tom Pypker, Kathy Keable, John Moreau, Cheryl Friesen, Mark Harmon, Julia Jones, Theresa Valentine, Don Henshaw, Bruce Caldwell, Al Levno, Holly Barnard, Tiffany Van Huysen, Elizabeth Sulzman, Stan Gregory, Travis Wooley, Ben Dotson, Al Johnson.NEW FACES
Al Johnson, Limnologist at Willamette National Forest.PROPOSALS, PRESENTATIONS, ANNOUNCEMENTS
LTER Supplement for K12 education and support of GIS Day on OSU campus was submitted to NSF.
Conde Nast Traveler had an article that includes a description of a visit to HJA.
South Korean ILTER visitors-May 16 on campus, May 17 in the field.SAFETY UPDATE AND REMINDERS-John Laurence, PNW Station
Higher serious injury rate for PNW had led to increased need for safety plans and updates. Goal is zero accidents. People working in the woods at HJA need to be wearing personal protective gear and taking precautions. Kathy Keable is safety officer for PNW at the HJA. Hardhats should be worn in the field and also serve as a reminder of additional safety planning that needs to happen. A safety policy will be posted on the HJA web, and a safety agreement will be part of the reservations system for OSU and non-OSU users.SAFETY TRAINING
Red Cross CPR and First Aid class will be held at HJA June 27, please contact Jay Sexton to attend. A defensive driving class may be held at HJA at the beginning of field season-contact Kari O'Connell if you, students or crews would like to attend.RESEARCH PROPOSALS
ALL-Please send Kari updates on ongoing or short term research projects from 2000-2005 for the records. The form is on the HJA web: http://www.fsl.orst.edu/lter/about/policy/application.doc or navigate to it by going to http://www.fsl.orst.edu/lter. Select "About Andrews" then "Conducting Research"; and click on the link "research proposal".
WS 1-Tom Pypker and Barbara Bond request permission for a new tower (6x8 ft scaffold type, 70-90 ft) at the top of WS 1 for climatic instrumentation. Guy wires and some small substrate disturbances will need to happen. Safety plans are developed with OSU Safety Officers. Cheryl Friesen is coordinating with the McKenzie River Ranger District.
WS 1-Barbara Bond requests permission to extend a 12 v, 4-gage electrical wire to the north slope of WS 1, because solar panels don't work at those specific sites. A unanimous vote gave her approval for this project.
Undergraduate student working with Robin Kimmerer, SUNY, wants to examine the influence of forest floor moss cover and mycorrhizal abundance. This project will be presented in more detail at the next LTER meeting.LTER SITE REVIEW PLANNING-Mark Harmon
LTER Mid-Term Review of Andrews LTER program will occur this summer July 18-20. The schedule is that reviewers arrive night of July 18 and stay in Corvallis. On July 19, selected overview presentations will occur on campus in RH 313. Review team will move up to HJA on the evening of July 19 and then there will be field presentations by researcher on the morning of the 20. Then Review team will meet in private on the afternoon of the 20 and give a preliminary report late on the afternoon of the 20.
A lot of information needs to be pulled together and updates provided for the data base and web site. Please respond promptly when asked for input. The COF will be providing a temporary assistant to help Mark with logistics.
There will be all-PI meetings on May 11 and June 20 to discuss plans and strategize for the review.HJA DAY
HJA Day (June 22) will be used as a dry run of the field presentations for Mid-Term Review. Possible field sites are the log decomp and carbon below ground, small watershed, LINX and aquatic, hydrologic modeling and storm sampling. More info to come.GENERAL ANDREWS ANNOUNCEMENTS-Kari, Kathy
New online reservation form, wireless is available on site at headquarters, more cougar sitings, the well has continued to have positive tests for coliform and a chlorination system will be installed this summer.WRITER IN RESIDENCE
The Long Term Ecological Reflections program, in conjunction with Spring Creek Project is sponsoring the third Writer in Residence at HJ Andrews this week. Scott Slovic is from the University of Nevada - Reno. He is a critic of nature writing and founder of ASLE (Association of Study of Literature and Environment).GRADUATE STUDENT NEWS
Data workshop will be held on April 28 in Richardson Hall to help graduate students learn about data management and getting their projects into the data bank.
Next Grad student evening get-together will be May 6 at Mark's house to outline importance of LTER Mid-Term Review and role of Grad Students in the review.
LTER Grad Student Symposium at HJA-April 13-17. Field trips will happen with local researchers and workshops will be occurring throughout their stay. Presentations will be broadcast through web cam - link to from HJA web - Whats New.MCKENZIE RANGER DISTRICT UPDATE
New Wildlife Biologist has arrived at Willamette National Forest-Fred Wahl.
April 14-workshop on USFS Planning regulations at LaSells.RESEARCH MANAGEMENT PARTNERSHIP
Beginning Thursday April 28 and regularly on Thursdays 12-2 pm until June 2, a special seminar series will be held in a FSL conference room to discuss "A new approach to planning the National Forests." This series is coordinated by Norm Johnson and Kelly Burnett with Cindy McCain and Cheryl Friesen. For questions, please contact Cheryl at 541-822-7226.
Opportunities for research collaborations: Al Johnson, Willamette NF Limnologist presented very brief overview of several possible collaborations. Rhotenone will be added to Diamond Lake in 2006 to remove Tui chubb, an invasive species that has altered food web and led to closures of the lake from cyanobacteria blooms. Canal will be re-constructed, draw down during this summer, mechanical removal of fish during summer 06, rhotenone will be added September 06. Al is developing and implementing monitoring plan for the lake and downstream and would be happy to discuss with interested potential collaborators. Contact him by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.PUBLICATIONS
(Please keep Tami Lowry, FSL274, updated on your Andrews-related [in broadest senses] publication activities. Not all papers listed below are available from Tami.)
Duncan, Sally [with Jane Smith]. 2004. Dead wood, living legacies: habitat for a host of fungi. Science Findings 66. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 6 p.
Forsman, Eric D.; Anthony, Robert G.; Zabel, Cynthia J. 2004. Distribution and abundance of red tree voles in Oregon based on occurrence in pellets of northern spotted owls. Northwest Science. 78(4): 294-302.
Holub, Scott M.; Lajtha, Kate; Spears, J.D.H.; T�th, J.A.; Crow, S.E. [In press]. Organic matter manipulations have little effect on gross and net nitrogen transformations in two temperate forest mineral soils in the U.S.A. and central Europe. Forest Ecology and Management.
Lugo, Ariel E.; Swanson, Frederick J.; Gonz�lez, Olga Ramos; Adams, Mary Beth; Palik, Brian; Thill, Ronald E.; Brockway, Dale G.; Kern, Christel; Woodsmith, Richard; Musselman, Robert. [Submitted]. Long-term research at the USDA Forest Service's experimental forests and ranges. BioScience.
Pyle, Robert Michael. 2004. The long haul. Orion. September/October: 70-71.
Pypker, Thomas G. 2004. The influence of canopy structure and epiphytes on the hydrology of Douglas-fir forests. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University. 164 p. Ph.D. dissertation.
Takaoka, Sadao; Swanson, Frederick J. [Submitted]. Change in extent of meadows and shrub fields in the central western Cascade Range, U.S.A. Arctic and Alpine Research.
Tollefson, Jennifer E.; Swanson, Frederick J.; Cissel, John H. 2004. Fire severity in intermittent stream drainages, western Cascade Range, Oregon. Northwest Science. 78(3): 186-191.
Valentine, Theresa J. 2004. H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest [Topographical map]. Corvallis, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station.