Research-management partnership activities are important to the Andrews Forest program because effects of land use on forests, streams, and landscapes are an important science focus to LTER, cooperation with land managers is essential to implementing large-scale studies, and members of the partnership share a commitment to using current science and other sources of information to develop new approaches to management that effectively meet public expectations. Important features of the partnership are long-term studies and experiments on landscape management and management of young plantation forests.
The communications efforts of the research-management partnership include numerous field tours, short descriptions of applications of science findings in the land management setting, longer publications outlining current management issues and related science findings and studies, and webpage descriptions of projects, findings, and adaptive management decisions. Communications are intended to benefit land manager users of the information, general public, students, educators, and decision makers (education pages).
These activities occur in the institutional context of the Central Cascades Adaptive Management Parnership (CCAMP), formerly called the Cascade Center for Ecosystem Management, as we identified our research-management partnership for more than a decade beginning in 1991 and designated in the Northwest Forest Plan, which set Federal forest land management policy for the region in 1994. The work of these entities extends well beyond the boundaries of the experimental forest.
The Andrews is part of other research management partnerships as well, including the Effectiveness Monitoring Program of Region 6 of the Forest Service. This effort monitors long-term trends in vegetation and spotted owl populations across western Oregon, Washington and northern California. Andrews scientists contribute data and conduct monitoring research in support of this effort. For example, the Andrews is a demographic site for Northern Spotted Owl monitoring and a test bed for evaluating new monitoring techniques such as LiDAR.
The relationship that Andrews has with managers has itself become a subject of scientific investigation and publication:
Steel, B, P. List, D. Lach, and B. Shindler. 2004. The role of scientists in the environmental policy process: a case study from the American west. Environmental Science & Policy 7: 1-13. (Pub No: 4413)
Driscoll, C.T., K. F. Lambert, F.S. Chapin, III, D. Nowark, T.A. Spies, F.J. Swanson, D.B. Kittredge, Jr. and C.M. Hart. Submitted. Science and Society: The role of long-term studies in environmental stewardship. BioScience.