CORVALLIS, Ore. - The nation's Long-Term Ecological Research Network, of which the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest is a part, has been recognized with the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Institute of Biological Sciences.

The Andrews Forest is operated near Blue River, Ore., by the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the USDA Forest Service, and the Willamette National Forest. It is one of 26 LTER sites in the nation, and received this award for "significant scientific contributions to the biological sciences."

Since its establishment in 1948, research at the Andrews Forest has examined topics ranging from forest fire to landslides, insect biodiversity, decomposition process, old growth ecosystems, streams and fisheries, and the impact of climate change.

The American Institute of Biological Sciences, based in Washington, D.C., recognizes scientists, educators, and organizations that provide leadership and contributions to science and education.

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Robert Gropp, 202-628-1500, ext. 250