LTER/GLBRC/LTAR Site Use Request Form

Stacey VanderWulp
LTER Project Manager
vanderws@msu.edu
(269) 671-2339
Brook Wilke
LTAR Project Manager
wilkebro@msu.edu
(269) 615-4573
Carolina Cordova
GLBRC Field Site Coordinator
cordov13@msu.edu
(269) 671-2534

Project

Your information

Proposed Project Information

Source of Funding

This information is used for annual reports

Proposed Sampling Plan

Please consult with the Project Manager to make this description as specific as possible and to discuss plans that may need special handling. We recognize that plans can change based on weather and discovery, and can be appropriately flexible provided modifications are discussed with the Project Manager.

In the box below please address each of the following questions:

  1. what type of samples are needed (including amounts);
  2. where samples will be taken (see site description for experiment treatment or site, replicate, sample station names);
  3. when sampling is expected to occur (including frequency, beginning date, end date);
  4. how samples will be collected (e.g. traps, sweeps, soil cores, etc.); and
  5. who is expected to do the sampling.

If sampling requires the deployment of special equipment (e.g., flux boxes, vertebrate traps, UAV-drone) please note the size of equipment and duration of its deployment, as well as any special requirements such as power or data loggers. Note: 1). No metal flags can be deployed in any of the plots: use fiberglass or plastic flags instead and 2) UAV operation requires prior proof of MSU approval and submission of approved flight plans to the Project Manager.

If you are proposing microplot experiments (disturbance of any kind including the application of any chemicals or water) or the addition of organisms (plants, insects, microbes, etc.) or biologics (vaccines, etc.), please describe well.

Please indicate your agreement to the following terms:

I will not fly a UAV-drone without providing proof of MSU approval and a detailed approved flight plan to the Project Manager.

WPS Pesticide Safey Training

As per EPA and MSU Worker Protection Standard (WPS) requirements, anyone on your project that enters a plot or field where pesticides have been sprayed in the previous 30 days must have valid WPS Pesticide Safety Training before entering the pesticide-treated area. Please consult the LTER website for field sites requiring WPS training and for further information. If you are uncertain whether your research requires this training, please contact the Project Manager. In general, pesticides are not used in GLBRC biomass crops except for corn, sorghum and the establishment year of perennial crops.

Please provide the names of people in your group and the dates of their completed training in the "COVID-19 Restrictions" section at the bottom of the form. Please note: 1) training is required of anyone (compensated or volunteer) entering a pesticide-treated area; 2) trainees must be at least 18 years old; and 3) training is valid for 12 months.

Does your research require WPS training?

APHIS

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regulates the importation, transit, domestic movement and environmental release of organisms or products that impact plant and animal health. Permission from APHIS may be required for the transit and release of regulated animals, animal products, veterinary biologics, plants, plant products, pests, organisms, soil, and genetically engineered organisms.

Will you be adding organisms or biologics to a field plot (plants, insects, microbes, animals, vaccines, etc)?

Data Access

The requires that data generated at the Sites will be made available to the scientific community in a timely fashion following publication. A condition of using the the Site (and samples from the site) is that you agree to this policy and agree to make data collected at the accessible via the the web site or another data repository (e.g., Dryad).

The the web site provides access to baseline data collected by the project on a continuing basis (see the data catalog and Terms of Use). the data managers will work with investigators to archive properly formatted data and to make it available on our web site. Guidelines for submitting data are available. You are encouraged to contact the KBS LTER or GLBRC Information Managers to discuss your data prior to submission.

Physical samples (e.g., plant, soil) may in some cases be archived in the KBS LTER sample archives. If you think your samples may have long-term value please contact the Project Manager.

Please indicate your agreement to the following data access terms:

COVID-19 Restrictions

Please indicate your agreement to obey the following COVID guidelines while conducting necessary research at all LTER, GLBRC and LTAR research sites:

  1. Sampling will be safely carried out while maintaining a 20 foot minimum distance between individuals in the field.
  2. Entry to the LTER or other field lab will be minimal, scheduled to avoid more than one person in a lab at a time, and face masks will be worn inside at all times (this includes bathroom visits).
  3. Investigators will bring their own sanitizing solution, wipes, and face mask.
  4. Investigators will use their own vehicles. Vehicles will be parked on hard or gravel surfaces (at this time of year, there may be standing water or saturated soils in alleyways).
  5. All other University requirements are met, including (but not limited to):
    1. approved travel authorization if required
    2. two people maximum per vehicle on site when necessary, and always wearing a face mask
    3. disinfection procedures that include sanitizing keys, door handles, shared tools, touchscreens, equipment and vehicle interiors, bathrooms, and work surfaces;
    4. completing paper and computer work at home
    5. completing the daily health assessment
  6. I will respect and comply with any additional restrictions imposed.

About how many TOTAL PERSON HOURS per week / per month will the field work involve. Please calculate total person hours by multiplying the number of people in the field at any one time x the number of hours they will be there on either a weekly or monthly basis. No need to be exact - a ball park number is fine. If this will vary by month, provide hours for the most intensive month but check all relevant months.

Please provide the names of people in your group who will be in the field (including yourself). If they have completed WPS training (see above) then also enter their WPS training date.