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Long-Term Ecological Reflections is a collaboration among the Andrews Forest Long-Term Ecological Research group; the USDA Forest Service; and the Spring Creek Project, a privately-endowed program in the Department of Philosophy, Oregon State University. Like the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research program on which it is modeled, the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program gathers reflections for generations, assembling a long-term record of changing creative responses to an ever-changing landscape and its societal context. The program is composed of these parts:
- Two Writers-in-Residence Programs: Blue River Fellowships for writers, by invitation, and Andrews Forest writer residencies, by application. Writer residencies are for creative writers whose work reflects a keen awareness of the natural world.
- Forest Log: An on-line journal of poems, essays, articles and other creative reflections on the Forest presents draft and published works of the writers in residence and other participants in the Reflections program.
- Special Events: Long-Term Ecological Reflections sponsors occasional field symposia and public events that bring together writers, scientists, and humanists to explore the relation of humans to the rest of nature. Themes have included: New Metaphors of Restoration of Forests and Watersheds; The Meaning of Watershed Health; Cataclysms and Renewal: Lessons from Mount St. Helens.
Figure 1: Environmental philosophers, watershed scientists, poets, and medical ethicists gather in the Andrews Forest to discuss the meaning of "watershed health" in a Reflections field symposium.