Guidelines for Researchers

The H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest (HJA) was established to promote research and education to improve our understanding of Pacific Northwest ecosystems and natural resource management. The HJA welcomes basic and applied research and education-related projects that do not conflict with existing programs or detract from the quality of the site. Users of the site should adhere to the following guidelines:


Submit a Research Proposal

The first step to planning research at the Andrews Forest is to submit a site use research proposal. All new project proposals go through a review to determine potential conflicts with existing research, compatibility with Andrews forest research guidelines, and any potential impacts relevant to the National Environmental Policy Act. All research conducted at the HJA is subject to approval by the U.S. Forest Service, as well as by the Andrews Forest research group. The Andrews Forest Director will send the proposal to the appropriate reviewers. All major manipulative experiments will be discussed with the Andrews scientific community with the intent of both increasing collaboration and maximizing field site utilization. Please allow at least four weeks for approval; projects involving major manipulations or requiring an environmental analysis will take much longer to review. Availability of funding does not ensure the research project will be approved. 


Field Work Guidelines and Requirements

Once a research proposal is approved, all researchers are required to:

  • Ensure that all field crews/helpers have first aid training, use appropriate safety equipment, and carry a first aid kit. Please refer to the field safety procedures for a full description of the HJA safety policies
  • Notify the Forest Director whenever substantive additions to or modifications of an ongoing research project are planned.
  • Remove flagging, PVC, instrumentation, and any other research debris after their research project is completed.
  • Submit GPS locations of their research sites within the HJA to the Forest Director. A GPS unit is available for checkout at the HJA headquarters.

Acknowledge use of data or site in your publication

If you do research on the Andrews Forest site, and/or use Andrews Forest data, you are obligated to acknowledge the program in any resulting publications. Please use the provided Acknowledgements Text.


Send us your Publication

Send Andrews Forest related publications (an electronic PDF) to HJApubs@fsl.orst.edu.


Submit Data

We expect researchers to submit data and metadata generated from research at the HJA for long-term archiving in the Forest Science Data Bank (FSDB). All data will remain securely under control of the investigator according to the current data access policy and can be made available through the Andrews Web pages if requested.


Infrastructure for Researchers

The HJ Andrews Experimental Forest and Long-Term Ecological Research site invests in facilities and field research infrastructure to support ongoing and new research. The research infrastructure is managed by Andrews Forest staff to generate core data of use to a wide variety research projects. In some cases this infrastructure can be leveraged for the deployment of new sensors or to support new investigations.