When you’re talking about a research site home to trees that are as much as 700 years old, 70 years might seem like a mere blip of time—but 70 marks an important milestone at H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. This year, H.J. Andrews—located in the Cascade Mountains near Blue River, Oregon—is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its establishment.
Co-administered by the Pacific Northwest Research Station, Willamette National Forest, and Oregon State University, H.J. Andrews is world-renowned as a collaborative, interdisciplinary Experimental Forest that brings together scientists, managers, educators, writers, and artists to conduct and communicate research on forests, streams, and watersheds. It is also one of 81 U.S. Forest Service Experimental Forests and Range sites and part of the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research Program. H.J. Andrews’ 16,000 acres of mostly old-growth conifer forests support some 500 plant, 3,000+ invertebrate, 164 bird, 20 reptile, and 53 mammal species that form the backdrop for studies exploring topics ranging from biological diversity and carbon dynamics to hydrology and soils.
What researchers have discovered at H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest over the past seven decades has, literally, shaped resource management in the Northwest. With more than 80 active studies, here’s to another seven decades of discovery! Learn more online at https://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/.