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Andrews Forest LTER Monthly Meeting Notes

Friday, April 2, 2010

NEXT MEETING: Friday, May 7, 2010. 10 a.m. � noon.

Minutes from previous Andrews Forest LTER Monthly Meetings can be found at http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/pubs/mtgnotes/monthmtg.cfm?topnav=42.

SCIENCE HOUR (10 - 11 a.m.)

Dr Paul D. Anderson, USFS PNW. �Early Understory Vegetation Response to Initial Thinning. H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest Uneven-Aged Management Program."

Dr. Klaus Puettmann, OSU FES. �Thinning Young Stands � Results and Outlooks.� With Adrian Ares.

ATTENDEES
Barbara Bond (lead), Lina DiGregorio (notes), Mark Schulze, Chris Thomas, Kathy Keable, Suzanne Remillard, Theresa Valentine, Cheryl Friesen, Norm Michaels, Randy Wildman, Fred Swanson, Mark Harmon, Jay Sexton, Alba Argerich, Greg Downing, Anita Morzillo, Sherri Johnson, Adrian Ares, Brad Withrow-Robinson, Rob Pabst, Rupert Seidl, Harold Zald, Don Henshaw.

BUSINESS MEETING (11 a.m. � noon)

ATTENDEES
Barbara Bond (lead), Lina DiGregorio (notes), Mark Schulze, Kathy Keable, Suzanne Remillard, Theresa Valentine, Cheryl Friesen, Norm Michaels, Randy Wildman, Fred Swanson, Mark Harmon, Jay Sexton, Greg Downing, Anita Morzillo, Sherri Johnson, Brad Withrow-Robinson, Rob Pabst, Don Henshaw.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Andrews Forest LTER Symposium will be April 20, 2010. 9 a.m. � 2 p.m. Networks and Synthesis. Lunch provided to those who register. Poster session open for entries. Go to http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/symposium.
  • HJA Day. Thursday, June 24, 2010.
    Ecosystem services. Themes. First part of the day would be around headquarters. Set up as stations around headquarters. In the afternoon, go to two different sites to talk about longer term projects. Sherri proposes that we provide lunch instead of a BBQ dinner. Then have a soda happy hour at the end of the day before vans leave. Group approves.
  • Safety Day. Thursday, June 17. Nice introduction or refresher for all field-going researchers and crews. Contact debbie.wiseman@oregonstate.edu to hold your spot.
  • Andrews CPR/First Aid, June 21 at the Andrews Forest Headquarters. Contact Jay Sexton.
  • Summer opportunities for students, crews, and researchers are listed online at http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/about/opps.cfm?topnav=5.
  • OSU Extension group is looking at landowner response to climate change with region-wide focus groups.
  • OSU Extension and Andrews Forest are co-leading workshop on climate change at the Andrews during the first week in August. Meeting of Extension agents and Andrews PIs. To talk about climate change and ecosystem responses and how that might relate to management. Engage each other in science and education process. Look for ways to interact much more actively.

GRANT PROPOSALS
NSF Opportunity for Environmental Synthesis Center. Group at OSU, started by Brenda McComb, and including Barb Bond, sent in pre-proposal in March. 30 million dollar grant. Should find out soon if they�re invited to submit full proposal.

NSF Water Sustainability and Climate proposal (WSC). Jeff McConnell heading it up through the IWW. Will be submitted in mid-April. Andrews likely to play a big role if it is funded. Other WSC proposals being submitted by other Andrews PIs.

NSF Network Level. �Legacy Data Prospectus� NEON has funding that they cannot use so there is an opportunity for LTER to submit proposal to use those funds for LTER to pull together legacy data. There could be $200K-$600 distributed per site (for 26 sites) over a 3-year period. We could, for example, hire an extra IM person for 3 or 4 years.

STREON visit to Andrews in May. Probably will look at WS02. Build out in 2015.

Theresa Valentine submitted proposal to Forest Service to correct aerial images using LiDAR data. Register to accurate LiDAR elevation data. Forest Service seems willing to fund this project.

HEADQUARTERS NEWS
If you�re thinking about doing field work at the Andrews Forest this summer, allow time to submit a site use proposal: http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/about/research.cfm?topnav=159.

Space for summer housing is filling up fast: make your reservations at http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/about/facility/reservation.cfm?topnav=26.

The 2010 Mountain Climate conference will be at the Andrews Forest, June 7-10 (http://www.fs.fed.us/psw/mtnclim/). Registration is open to all, and this group has reserved most all of the apartments at the Andrews for this period. So if you have not made a reservation through the MtnClim web site, do not have a previously confirmed overnight reservation, and would like to stay at the Andrews during this period, we can offer a lovely campsite at Lookout Research Camp. They�re expecting about 120 people.

Canopy Connections program underway with winter lesson plans. Every Thursday and Friday in May the students will be in the trees at the Andrews. We did get an additional Kids in the Woods grant through the FS.

New groups coming in May: Penn State, Albion College, University of Quebec.

Slowly swapping out old appliances for energy star appliances.

LTER GRADUATE STUDENTS
Helping to distribute info on HJA Day and Symposium.

Monica Hubbard and other graduate students are working on water use plan for Oregon.

ANDREWS FOREST ON FACEBOOK (Theresa Valentine)
Social networking is a way to share information on the Andrews Forest. From the Andrews website, go to What�s New (http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/new/new.cfm?topnav=4). We now have a Facebook Fanpage set up as a direct link. It will be used, periodically, to send updates about upcoming events, meetings, announcements, publications, etc. Become a fan!

GOOGLE EARTH MAPS OF THE ANDREWS FOREST AND OTHER LTER SITES (Theresa Valentine)
Available through the LTER website, http://www.lternet.edu/sites1/.

IM UPDATES (Don Henshaw)
IM group working with the list of LTER databases to pull them into the central database.
Climate stations are getting updated.

WILLAMETTE NATIONAL FOREST UPDATES (Cheryl Friesen)
Hiring four people for veg crew this summer. First week of April. Contact Cheryl Friesen. For uneven aged management stands remeasurements.

Early seral forest workshop will be April 28 at LaSells. Contact Cheryl Friesen. Many Andrews scientists will be speaking.

Briefing on carbon at the WNF. The WNF was front page news that showed that the WNF was the greatest carbon sequester of national forests anywhere. It generated questions about the numbers and results. The WNF is now working to inform employees and public affairs people about the subject of carbon. Generally the staff are on a gag order to say anything about carbon and policy, as dictated by DC, but at least they should be able to say that there is research being done. The new WNF forest supervisor would like to do a press release about the ecosystems services at the WNF, but that might be hard to get through.

EXTENSION (Brad Withrow-Robinson)
Oregon climate leadership group. Has a forum coming up next week. They are trying to communicate with communities to tell them about climate change and its impact. Brad Withrow-Robinson said he would be involved in helping to get the word out about the forum. Involving Metro, ODF, but they are looking to connect more with researchers. Having trouble getting connected.

PUBLICATIONS
Brigham, M.E.; Duris, J.W.; Wentz, D.A.; Button, D.T.; Chasar, L.C. 2008. Total mercury, methylmercury, and ancillary water-quality and streamflow data for selected streams in Oregon, Wisconsin, and Florida, 2002-06. USGS Data Series 341. Reston, VA: USDI, USGS. 11 p. Pub no. 4590 PDF

Brigham, M.E.; Wentz, D.A.; Aiken, G.R.; Krabbenhoft, D.P. 2009. Mercury cycling in stream ecosystems. 1. Water column chemistry and transport. Environmental Science and Technology 43: 2720-2725. Pub no. 4593 PDF

Chasar, L.C.; Scudder, B.C.; Bell, A.H.; Wentz, D.A.; Brigham, M.E. 2008. Total mercury, methylmercury, and carbon and nitrogen stable isotope data for biota from selected streams in Oregon, Wisconsin, and Florida, 2002-04. USGS Data Series 349. Reston, VA: USDI, USGS. 10 p. Pub no. 4591 PDF

Chasar, L.C.; Scudder, B.C.; Stewart, A.R.; Bell, A.H.; Aiken, G.R. 2009. Mercury cycling in stream ecosystems. 3. Trophic dynamics and methylmercury bioaccumulation. Environmental Science and Technology 43: 2733-2739. Pub no. 4595 PDF

Lin, C.-C.; Kassim, A.R.; Vanderbilt, K.; Henshaw, D.; Melendez-Colom, E.C.; Porter, J.H.; Niiyama, K.; Yagihashi, T.; Tan, S.A.; Lu, S.-S.; Hsiao, C.-W.; Chang, L.-W.; Jeng, M.-R. [Submitted]. The mutualistic scientist-information manager relationship: information management solutions for the ILTER's large forest dynamics plot research community. Journal of Tropical Ecology. Pub no. 4597

Marvin-DiPasquale, M.; Lutz, M.A.; Brigham, M.E.; Krabbenhoft, D.P.; Aiken, G.R.; Orem, W.H.; Hall, B.D. 2009. Mercury cycling in stream ecosystems. 2. Benthic methylmercury production and bed sediment--pore water partitioning. Environmental Science and Technology 43: 2726-2732. Pub no. 4594 PDF

Marvin-DiPasquale, M.C.; Lutz, M.A.; Krabbenhoft, D.P.; Aiken, G.R.; Orem, W.H.; Hall, B.D.; DeWild, J.F.; Brigham, M.E. 2008. Total mercury, methylmercury, methylmercury production potential, and ancillary streambed-sediment and pore-water data for selected streams in Oregon, Wisconsin, and Florida, 2003-04. USGS Data Series 375. Reston, VA: USDI, USGS. 24 p. Pub no. 4592 PDF

Mazza, R. [with C. Crisafulli, F. Swanson, T. Mulder, P. Frenzen]. 2010. Mount St. Helens 30 years later: a landscape reconfigured. Science Update 19. Portland, OR: USDA, Forest Service, PNW Research Station. 11 p. Pub no. 4589 PDF

Moore, K.M. 2010. Trends in streamflow from old growth forested watersheds in the western Cascades. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University. 220 p. M.S. research paper. Pub no. 4598

Skyrm, K. M. 2009. SMILE: Elementary outdoor science adventure (EOSA). Corvallis, OR: Smile, Oregon State University. 37 p. Pub no. 4566 PDF