The H.J. Andrews Meeting (May 2011)

This workshop, seeking to broaden interest in the network proposed at the previous two meetings, was hosted by LTEReflections and the Spring Creek Project at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest.

Engaging Humanities and Arts in Long-Term Ecological Research Programs: A Workshop for Charting the Next Steps

H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest and LTER site, Blue River, Oregon

Friday, May 6 – Sunday, May 8, 2011

Agenda:

Friday ……………………………………………………………………………………………

4          Arrive, settle in, walk the trail to Lookout Creek (Note:  Some folks will arrive earlier and stay later – we’ll make arrangements for that.)

5          A little smoked salmon and a glass of wine, beer, or juice

6          Dinner, welcome

7          Fireside discussions

  • Informal introductions: What draws you to this work?
  • Some background and first explorations

 

Saturday …………………………………………………………………………………………….

7          Walk in the Forest for those who wish

730      Breakfast

830      Full group discussion: Where we are?

  • A brief round of introductions
  • Reports from the field:
    • Active programs: (Bonanza Creek, North Temperate Lakes, Harvard Forest, Andrews Forest) 10-12 minutes each
    • Emerging programs, 5-6 minutes each
    • What do we have here? What activities/programs are we orienting towards? What are our motivations: educational, basic humanities, advocacy…? What have been cross-cutting themes and outcomes?  What has been regionally distinctive?  Where and how do we place emphasis on outreach and education? What opportunities and resources exist within the LTER network?  What other sources are being or could be tapped?

12        Lunch

1          Full group discussion: Where we are going?

  • Summary of morning discussion
  • Critical issues: approaches, funding, personnel, impediments, opportunities, audience
  • What has been learned about how to carry out such programs?

330      Humanities/Ecology Field Trip to Log Decomposition/Old-Growth Site

  • Physically engage with “place”
  • Andrews Forest LTEReflections demo– readings of writings and of the forest
  • Discuss ways of using place at any site – letting the place participate in the conversation – presenting stories in many ways

6          Hors d’oeuvres

7          Dinner

8          Informal gathering with wine, beer, and munchies.  Reading by Writer in Residence Brenda Peterson.  Everyone is invited to bring something brief to share—your own writing, or a favorite piece by someone else; or live music if you play an instrument.   At the end of the evening we’ll go out and hoot for owls in the dark

 

Sunday ………………………………………………………………………………………………

7          Optional humanities field trip – clearcut and thinned forest a couple miles down the road – finding meaning in the not-so-pretty

8          Breakfast

9          Group discussion

  • Brief summary and typology:  What common ingredients provide some unity across sites doing this work?  (e.g., long-term view, place-based, keep a record, share it)
  • How do we advance work at individual sites?  Funding?  Outcomes?
  • Forming a network of sites – benefits, challenges, approach?  If we like the network idea, how do we do it?  Funding?
  • Future collaborations among subsets of sites and across the network as a whole that will advance our individual, site, and network interests
  • How do we justify funding for our work in tight times?
  • Next Steps: What messages need to go back to both the network level and our individual sites, and to wider audiences?

12        Lunch and Departure

 

 

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