The concept of a Network of Long-Term Ecological Reflection sites was first advanced at an intimate retreat hosted by Gary Paul Nabhan on Tumamoc Hill in Tucson, Arizona in August of 2010. (The meeting agenda can be found here.) This first effort was intended to honor and build upon the Spring Creek Project’s Long Term Ecological Reflections program, which has added dimensions to the Andrews Forest LTER; however, the gathering envisioned a network that may extend beyond Long Term Ecological Research sites (LTERs) to include sites where early naturalists like Leopold, Thoreau and Shreve took field notes, photos and sketches; and to sites with deep oral histories from current and past residents.
A second meeting was held at the Aldo Leopold Center in September of 2010. Curt Meine, of the Center for Humans and Nature, hosted the meeting. The workshop agenda can be found here.
A third meeting, formed largely by representatives of LTER sites with already existing or significant interest and potential for such programs, was hosted by the Spring Creek Project at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in May 2011. The agenda can be found here.