Long-Term Ecological Reflections: 2003-2203

In a program that will continue for two hundred years, writers visit sites in the forest to create an ongoing record of their reflections on the relation of people and forests changing together over time.

Deadlines: December 1 for the Spring Retreats. May 1 for the Fall Retreats. We will post a link to the application form here when the next application window opens.

Residency Schedule

The spring residency window begins on March 1 and ends on May 31. The fall residency window begins on October 1 and ends on Novemeber 30. When you apply for a residency, please identify up to three blocks of time (7-14 days each) that will work with your schedule. 

Two Writers-in-Residence Programs

The Long-Term Ecological Reflections program hosts two Writers-in-Residence Programs at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest—the Blue River Writing Fellowship and the Andrews Forest Writing Residency. Each program occurs twice a year. Creative writers whose work reflects a keen awareness of the natural world and an appreciation for both scientific and literary ways of knowing are invited to apply for the Andrews Forest Writers Residency. The Blue River Fellowships are offered to well-established writers by invitation.

Blue River Fellows have included David Gessner (Spring 2015), John Daniel (Fall 2014), Joseph Bruchac (Spring 2013), Brian Turner (Fall 2011), Gary Paul Nabhan (Fall 2009), John Elder (Spring 2008), Freeman House (Spring 2008), Scott Russell Sanders (Fall 2008), Mary Evelyn Tucker  (Fall 2007), Michael Nelson (Fall 2006), Alison Hawthorne Deming (Spring 2006), Pattiann Rogers (Fall 2005), Scott Slovic (Spring 2005), Robin Kimmerer (Fall 2004), and Robert Michael Pyle (Spring 2004). 

About the Writing Residency Programs

The resident writers live at the Andrews Forest for one to two weeks, interact with the scientists, explore the forest, and write. Writers are encouraged to visit designated study sites for reflecting on and writing about the forest and their relation to it. These writings, which will form a collection spanning hundreds of years, will be gathered in permanent archives at Oregon State University, and are accessible via the web-based Forest Log.

Program Partners

Long-Term Ecological Reflections is a collaboration between the Spring Creek Project, the Andrews Forest Long-Term Ecological Research Program, and the Pacific Northwest Research Station with funding from the U.S. Forest Service.

LTEReflections is based on these fundamental beliefs:

  • That humanist writers should pay close attention to a particular place-to the mountains, rivers, people and the forests of the Andrews and its environs-because a close study of place will reveal broader truths that go beyond that place.
  • That we should study that place for generations and learn to perceive the temporal dimension-the presence of pasts and futures-through informed observation.
  • That storytelling and poetry, observation and experiment, myth and mathematics are all authentic windows on the world.
  • That there is an unusual richness and joy in the community of art and science, in the coming together of insights from many different perspectives and disciplines.
  • That there is wisdom to be gained; that the more we know about the natural world and the place of humans in the world, the greater our insight into how we ought to live our lives.

Andrews Forest Writers' Residencies

Creative writers whose work in any genre reflects a keen awareness of the natural world and an appreciation for both scientific and literary ways of knowing are invited to apply for one-week residencies at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest.

The mission of the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program is to bring together writers, humanists and scientists to create a living, growing record of how we understand the forest and the relation of people to the forest, as that understanding and that forest both change over time.

For the Andrews Forest Residencies, writers are provided:

  • a comfortable, three room apartment at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest
  • access to a majestic ancient forest and world-renowned research site
  • opportunities to interact with research scientists as they go about their work
  • opportunities to have their writings included in the Forest Log
  • The residencies are intended to provide concentrated time for personal creative work that promises to further the exploration of the relationship of humans to the rest of the natural world.


While we want writers to have complete freedom to pursue their own work during the residency, we also ask that each resident writer:

  • visits at some point during the residency, each of three designated “Reflections Plots,” places of significant natural and research interest, and write some observations and reflections about those places.
  • gives permission to publish some of the writing from the residency in The Forest Log, a web-based anthology of notes, observations, poems, vignettes, essays, or insights, both working documents and “finished” pieces, that will over time constitute a multi-dimensional portrait of the Andrews. (We encourage residents to publish in any journal or other outlet they see fit.  We only ask to have the rights to reprint anything you publish elsewhere about the Andrews.)
  • writes a brief letter reflecting on the residency, offering suggestions on what we can do in the future to make these residencies as conducive as possible to the goal of encouraging Long-Term Ecological Reflections.


Writers provide their own transportation and take care of their meals while at the Andrews. The apartment's kitchen is well equipped with cookware and dishes. A computer lab in the headquarters building can be used to access the Internet. Residents should bring a laptop if they so desire. A telephone is available in the headquarters building. Residents should have a calling card or pre-paid phone card if they wish to place long-distance calls. Cell phones generally do not work at the Andrews.

Information on restaurants, grocery stores and other conveniences will be provided when individuals are accepted for a residency. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. The staff of the Spring Creek Project will do everything in our power to make each residency at the Andrews inspired, productive, and rejuvenating.