H.J. Andrews/Cascade Center meeting notes of 6 Jan 1995
H.J. Andrews/Cascade Center meeting notes of 6 Jan 1995
Meetings Begin at 9:00 a.m., Large Conference Room, CFSL
Upcoming Meetings:February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5
McKee, Fred Swanson, John Cissel, Jack Lattin, Bill Ferrell, Tim Schowalter, Joe Beatty, Lynn Burditt, Greg Downing, Ted Dyrness, Al Levno, Bruce Caldwell, Mark Harmon, Bill Emmingham, Benjt Johnson, Barb Gartner, Peter Homann, Herb Wick, Bob Griffiths, Jim Mayo, Steve Acker, Dave Wallin, Marla Gillham, Randy Wildman, Jane Smith, Melora Geyer, Pam Druliner, Tom Spies, Steve Garman, Dave Turner, Joe Means, David Brooks, Susan Stafford.
Future Science Discussions 11 to 12 noon
February 3 Gay Bradshaw-- Establishing the link between pattern and process: transfer of information across scales
March 3 Bob Anthony/Keith Swindle-- Terrestrial vertebrate studies at the Andrews: Past and Future
Our annual field gathering to share information on research projects and findings is set for JUNE 20 at Andrews.
POPULAR MEDIA PUBLICATION
Bob Devine authored extended discussion of ecosystem management centered on Andrews and Cascade Center. Appeared in Wilderness Quarterly of the Wilderness Society with circulation in the 100,000's (see COMMUNICATIONS for citation).
Tim Schowalter reviews canopy arthropod community study in forest stands of different structure. Hypo: more homogeneous stands (plantations, mature forest) have higher herbivory than more complex stands (typically old growth). Generally proving out with his observations in even- numbered years under LTER funding. He also is implementing an NSF-funded log decomposition study on Andrews to examine early colonization of logs by bugs and fungi. At five sites in Andrews using small logs from Weyerhaeuser Co.
Art reviews preparation of brochures to communicate with prospective donors to the Andrews Fund. What the Andrews Program is all about (its research, education, public affairs, and other aspects). With no marketing, the fund has grown to over $4000.
Art and Joe Beatty have prepared announcement for 95 REU Program at Andrews that will accommodate 10 undergrads from around the country. Contact Joe or Art with suggestions for group projects. Carol Wood can distribute announcements for you. REU Program starts June 11 with a 1-week orientation and concludes with the annual symposium Wednesday, August 16.
Gordon Grant and Julia Jones organized the Forest Science seminar series for winter focused on hydrology-ecology links. See p. 4 of these notes for schedule.
ECOSYSTEM MGMT WORKSHOPS
Bill Emmingham discusses Ecosystem Management short courses for 95. Past workshops have involved 2 days of lectures in the woods followed by a 1-day field problem at Augusta Creek landscape study area. Two BLM workshops in 1994 got good reviews, but they would have liked it to be held in BLM-type mixed ownership landscapes. Discussion about prospective participants given the changing work environment, will there be takers? Decided to proceed with marketplace checking and consider placing more emphasis on restoration practices in streams and plantations. Bill and Melora will proceed.
Steve Acker describes plans for reporting results of the Retrospective Forest Stand Study funded through the Willamette National Forest. OSU and PNW researchers have been investigating lichen, fungi, understory, tree growth, invertebrates, and other variables in natural and managed two-storied stands. Written and oral reports coming up by spring.
Susan Stafford reflects on her year at NSF as Director of Biological Instrumentation and Resources Division, which includes instrumentation, REU, data base support for big projects, ... a $50 million per year program. Her main message is: Communicate with NSF and help the public understand the value it gets from supporting science.
Art McKee describes plans for a riparian vegetation restoration continuing education field course for 2-3 days next summer. Conducted with Dean Berg, UW.
John Cissel distributes and discusses draft of a Research Opportunities Assessment for the Central Cascades Adaptive Management Area. This is a description of research and adaptive management programs of the Andrews Forest and Cascade Center. Bruce Shindler is contributing a social science component. Various information needs analyses are outlined. We expect to have public review and participation in defining information needs.
Steve Garman reviews his work on landscape modeling. Describes modeling philosophy and the balance between using models as predictive tools and as learning experiences. He has just completed a review of landscape modeling for BLM. Started by asking land managers what they would like to see models be able to do in support of ecosystem management, e.g., tend to species, riparian zones. Considers key properties of spatial models:
- Grain size (smallest homogenous units).
- Articulation flow of energy, material, information among spatial units.
- Hierarchy controlling factors.
- Spatial data structure (the way space is represented).
- Scaling up by brute force vs. meta models what are the consequences of losing information by generalizing?
He has produced a long report on landscape modeling and monitoring which is available from Steve.
Agee, J.; Wallin, D. 1995. Landscape pattern and process in Blue Mountain Forest ecosystems. $500K. 9/95 - 9/99. USDA/CSRS/NRICGP.
Popular media Devine, R. 1994. Management and the uncertainty principle. Wilderness 58(207): 10-23.
Cohen, Warren. 1994. GIS applications perspective: current research on remote sensing of forest structure. In: Sample, V. Alaric, ed. Remote sensing and GIS in ecosystem management. Washington, DC: Island Press: 91-107.
Harmon, Mark E. and Sexton, Jay. 1995. Water balance of conifer logs in early stages of decomposition. Plant and Soil 4: 1-12.
Harmon, Mark E.; Sexton, Jay; Caldwell, Bruce A.; Carpenter, Steve E. 1994. Fungal sporocarp mediated losses of Ca, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, N, P, and Zn from conifer logs in the early stages of decomposition. Can. J. For. Res. 24: 1883- 1893.
King, David A. 1991. Tree allometry, leaf size and adult tree size in old-growth forests of western Oregon. Tree Physiology 9: 369-381.
Matthews, Jean. 1994. Sequoia National Park hosts Pulse II' and the beat goes on.... USDI National Park Service, Park Science 14(4): 5 p.
Spies, Thomas. 1994. Ecological perspective: the nature of mature and old-growth forest ecosystems. In: Sample, V. Alaric, ed. Remote sensing and GIS in ecosystem management. Washington, DC: Island Press: 48-62.