About the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest
The Andrews Forest is a beautiful, ecologically rich forest and a world-renowned center for research and education about the ecology and management of forests and streams. The Andrews occupies the drainage basin of Lookout Creek, a tributary of the Blue River and the McKenzie River on the western slope of the Cascade Range, about 50 miles (80 km) east of Eugene, Oregon.
The National Science Foundation has designated the Andrews Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site. Here scientists conduct research projects designed to span human generations, to continue gathering data and insights for hundreds of years. Like the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research program on which it is modeled, the LTEReflections project will gather reflections for generations, assembling a long-term record of changing creative responses to an ever-changing landscape.
The Spring Creek Project hosts writing residencies as part of the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program. We also host field symposia and gatherings throughout the year.
Long-Term Ecological Reflections: Writers-in-Residence Programs
The Long-Term Ecological Reflections program hosts two Writers-in-Residence Programs at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. The resident writers live at the Andrews Forest for one to two weeks, interact with the scientists, explore the forest, and write. Writers are asked to visit several Long-Term Ecological Reflection plots, long-term research plots or other places of ecological interest, and to contribute their written reflections to the Forest Log.
The Forest Log
This online journal of poems, essays, and articles is being created as part of the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest.
Field Symposia and Gatherings
Interdisciplinary symposia and gatherings at HJ Andrews bring together environmental scientists, humanities scholars, and artists. Symposia and gatherings have included New Metaphors of Restoration of Forests and Watersheds (2002), Destruction and Renewal in Geological, Ecological and Human Dimensions in a Volcanic Bioregion I and II (2005 and 2010), Exploring the Meaning of Watershed 'Health' (2006), and Dragonfly Eyes: Multiple Ways of Envisioning the Future of Landscape Changes (2010).
Blue River Writers Gathering
This biannual gathering at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest is intended to be an inspiring and restorative weekend for northwest 'nature' writers—a chance to meet one another, share our stories, give each other courage in difficult times, and find to solace and insight in the deep streams and ancient forests of the Blue River watershed in Oregon.