February 3, 2006
NEXT MEETING: March 3, 2006, RH313
Barbara Bond, Howard Bruner, Jay Sexton, Kathy Keable, Randy Wildman, Dan Sobota, Cheryl Friesen, Jeff Miller, Holly Barnard, Sarah Shafer, Bruce Caldwell, Linda Ashkenas, Stan Gregory, Suzanne Remillard, Sherri Johnson, Lina DiGregorio, Sherri Johnson.IMPORTANT DATES
The Andrews 8th Annual Symposium will be February 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., in the OSU Memorial Union. Morning talks will be followed by an afternoon poster session. Everyone is welcome to attend. Also plan to join in a discussion with the Andrews LTER External Advisory Group (David Mladenoff, Alan Covich, Cliff Dahm, Jill Baron) the morning after the symposium, February 9, 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m., FSL 200. Co-PIs and graduate students are especially encouraged to participate.
The LTER All Scientists Meeting will be held September 20-23, 2006, in Estes Park, Colorado. Proposals accepted until February 15, 2006, at http://lternet.edu/asm/2006.
HJA Daze will be Tuesday,
June 20, 2006.
Safety Day will be
Wednesday, June 21, 2006.
New publications will be posted on the LTER website under "What's New" and are included in each month's LTER Meeting Minutes (available at http://www.fsl.orst.edu/lter/pubs/mtgnotes/monthmtg.cfm?topnav=42). We would like to post the pdfs with the new publications if authors send the pdfs to Kari as soon as they are published. When the publication data base is updated (several times a year) the pubs listed under "What's New" will become part of the regular, searchable Andrews database. Just a reminder that when you have a new publication, dissertation, or thesis, please send the citation and either a hard copy or a pdf to Kari O'Connell at email@example.com or to Tami Lowry at firstname.lastname@example.org.NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Andrews Forest Partner's Meeting. The LTER Executive Committee met with a committee of OSU deans and high-level NFS administrators on January 26. It was a productive interchange which generated feedback on new directions, partnerships, and long-term goal setting and strategizing. The Executive Committee will pick a couple of the ideas generated at the meeting, which will likely include education and integrative research. One possibility is tying into the Dual Degree program, which combines a degree in education with one other field. There may be a good link between the Andrews and OSU's Colleges of Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts. If you'd like to see the minutes from the Partners meeting, contact Lina DiGregorio or Barbar Bond.
Status RET and REU supplements. NSF had said that they would not be funding RET and REU supplements for LTERs this year, but recently this may have changed. There may be a schoolyard and EDEN (education and environmental ed) supplement, with $45K available for the EDEN. We are discussing with the College of Education and the College of Engineering to partner for a pilot Dual Degree program for K-12 education plus some other discipline.
LTER All Scientists Meeting (to be held September 20-23, 2006, in Colorado). Deadline for registration to lead working groups or workshops has been extended through the middle to February. Historically, Andrews LTER has been well represented at the meeting workshops. Graduate students are encouraged to participate.
Charles Frady will be presenting his thesis on Macroinvertebrate communities in small streams of the Andrews Forest on Monday, February 6.
Carrie Berger is looking for field ecology positions this spring for the density management and young stands thinning and diversity studies, based in part at the Andrews Forest. Contact her for more information (Carrie.email@example.com).
- GRADUATE STUDENT NEWS
- Tiffany vanHuysen sent out an email to encourage student participation at the LTER symposium.
- Planning a graduate student get together.
- Will promote the All Scientists Meeting and workshop registration.
- There will be a meeting with grad students and data management staff to discuss the protocol of data entry and metadata management. Interested students and PIs should contact Suzanne Remillard and Don Henshaw.
- ANDREWS HEADQUARTERS
- Log jams in streams are shifting and moving in rivers due to high water.
- Miscellaneous winter projects are going on at the Headquarters, so coordinate with Kathy Keable if you need to be staying at the Andrews in February or March.
- Qwest is still trying to fix the phones. If you hear an echo over the phone line when you're calling into the Andrews, please let Kathy Keable know.
- "We had an objective in mind, a centennial anthology" is a book about the first 100 years of Forest Service. A copy is available to look at at the Andrews.
- The Smithsonian display about artists (from all different mediums) who have been inspired by the forest will be on display at the Forest Service station at the end of August/early September. Kathy has suggested adding the Spring Creek project writers, who get their inspiration from the forest.
- Other News
- The Spring Creek Project will have a meeting on watershed health.
- The Spring Creek Project will be featured in an article in OSU's new research magazine, Terra.
- WILLAMETTE NF UPDATE (Cheryl Friesen)
- They are logging in the bunchgrass meadow to create openings (Charlie Halpern's sites) logging over snow to minimize ground disturbance.
- Wood that the FS placed into the McKenzie River above the McKenzie Bridge has withstood the high water.
- SAF publication and managing older forests cites some of the HJA researchers.
- Job Posting: Forest Silviculturist, associated with research at the Andrews (50% time) GS-12 level.
- "Ecology of Openings" workshop will be April 6 in Salem. Speakers will present findings on openings in wetlands, forest gaps, prairies, etc. Contact Cheryl for more information.
- Quartz Creek. There was a slide about MP7 that affected a culvert. There was a later landslide in an area below a 90% clearcut, 10' riparian buffer area. The local public is taking notice and there may be discussion about forest practices on private land in the McKenzie area.
- Theresa Valentine is updating GIS information about the previous harvests in the Andrews and is working on a vegetative map for the Andrews. The forest service is working to update the data about the cutting units/managed stands. There will also be an effort to update the information on the unmanaged stands.
NSF has requested that we send regular news "nuggets" that highlight the LTER-related research at the HJ Andrews. According to Henry Gholz at NSF, a nugget is "a long, clear and concise paragraph with citations to papers or other products and perhaps a simple table or figure." We hope to establish a collection of program highlights over time. If you have a nugget to share, or have been working with OSU on a press release, or have been featured in the news, or know that you will be published in a high-profile journal, please send that information to Lina DiGregorio at firstname.lastname@example.org.PUBLICATIONS
Ellison, A.M.; Bank, M.S.; Clinton, B.D.; Colburn, E.A.; Elliott, K.; Ford, C.R.; Foster, D.R.; Kloeppel, B.D.; Knoepp, J.D.; Lovett, G.M.; Mohan, J.; Orwig, D.A.; Rodenhouse, N.L.; Sobczak, W.V.; Stinson, K.A.; Stone, J.K.; Swan, C.M.; Thompson, J.; Von Holle, B.; Webster, J.R. 2005. Loss of foundation species: consequences for the structure and dynamics of forested ecosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 3(9): 479-486. Pub no. 4064.
Harmon, Mark E. 2005. 200-year decomposition study at Andrews Forest. LTER Network News. 18(2): 7. Pub no. 4062.