Andrews LTER enlists citizen scientists in research observations

Network News Spring 2014, Vol. 27 No. 1
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The HJ Andrews Experimental Forest (AND) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program and Oregon State University Extension are expanding their collaboration in a Citizen Science project on climate and ecology. The team received a grant from the Renewable Natural Resources Extension Program for a pilot project, “Citizen Science Climate Research:  Linking Natural Resource Managers and Other Citizens to Science They Use”.  The goal is to enlist citizen scientists to make weather and phenology observations in their communities around the state by recruiting from the ranks of people already involved with the Extension service’s many programs statewide, including many in rural areas. The data will help scientists expand the scale and inference of their research activities beyond the boundaries of AND.