The long-standing engagement of the arts and humanities in the Andrews Forest program does not fit neatly into any one category of activity. It is in part a form of basic inquiry (paralleling basic science), in part science journalism and public outreach, and in part an education effort. In the words of the mission statement of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word, our arts/humanities collaborators, we wish to: "bring together the practical wisdom of the environmental sciences, the clarity of philosophical analysis, and the creative, expressive power of the written word, to find new ways to understand and re-imagine our relation to the natural world."
Activities in the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program take the form of residencies for writers, scholars, composers, and artists; gatherings of interdisciplinary groups to consider diverse topics, such as the meaning of “watershed health;” and dissemination of the resulting works through publications, public performances, and education programs.
We promote arts and humanities work at other sites involved in the Ecological Reflections network, including a majority of the US LTER sites, by contributing to workshops and symposia at relevant national meetings, collaboration on inter-site projects, scholarship about the programs and motivations for this work, and management of the Ecological Reflections webpage.
The Forest Log is an online journal of works created as part of the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program at the Andrews Forest. The Forest Log and more information about residency programs, gatherings, and Reflections Plots can be found at the LTER Reflections website. http://andrewsforestlog.org/