Sixty oral histories totaling more than 160 hours of interviews of Andrews Forest researchers and staff and participants in Northwest Forest Plan formulation are now available online in the Voices of the Forests: Voices of the Mills archive in the OSU Library Special Collections and Archives Research Center.
The Holiday Farm Fire entered the Andrews Forest on September 12. Headquarters facilities were spared, but the fire and fire control lines impacted permanent vegetation plots that have been studied for 50 years, plus study plots for soil moisture, hydrology, plant phenology, and forest microclimate. Researchers are working quickly to set up monitoring and studies that will help us learn from the fire, and we have decades of pre-fire data to use as the foundation for comparisons. Find out more on our archived Fire Updates page.
The book A Place for Inquiry, A Place for Wonder: The Andrews Forest by historian Bill Robbins offers a thorough account of the place and the people of Andrews Forest; its programs of research, education, partnership with land managers, and arts/humanities. The book places the work of the Andrews Forest within its larger and continuously-evolving societal and political contexts, which both influenced and were influenced by discoveries at the Andrews Forest.
In an era where climate change may generate hotter and drier conditions, tree health is a central concern of ecologists and forest managers. So how might a parasitic plant, like dwarf mistletoe, interact with the climatic conditions scientists project? A long-term data set and new study may provide the answer.