The first step to planning research at the Andrews Forest is to submit a site use research proposal. All new proposals go through a review to determine potential conflicts with existing research (as ongoing and long-term research takes precedence in the use of sites), compatibility with our research guidelines, and any potential impacts relevant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). All research conducted at the HJA is subject to approval by the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, as well as the Andrews research community. The Andrews Forest Director will send the proposal to the appropriate reviewers. All major manipulative experiments will be discussed with the Andrews research 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. For example, projects requiring soil disturbance or manipulations of vegetation or stream ecosystems could take up to 9 months for approval because of NEPA. This means that such projects with a desired start in the summer field season must be submitted no later than early February. If you are unsure whether your project may constitute a major manipulation for NEPA purposes please contact the Forest Director early in the planning phase to avoid unwelcome surprises. Availability of funding does not ensure the research project will be approved.
Please read the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest Research Guidelines before submitting a request.
The research site use proposal has two parts:
Part 1: In this Microsoft Word research application form, document your study details including an abstract, the sites you are requesting, and your methods and planned activities. When saving the document, please use a filename beginning with the Project Lead's last name, such as Doe_HJA_application.doc. When complete, proceed with part 2.
Part 2: Complete the web form below, upload the completed research application from Part 1, and submit.
Fields with a red asterisk are required. If information is unknown or not applicable, please enter "NA".
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