COVID-19 procedures

Long-term data series and experiments are allowed as essential activities under current MSU covid-19 guidelines. Sampling at LTER and GLBRC research sites (including KBS and MLE) falls within this purview so long as:

  1. sampling can be safely carried out while maintaining a minimum social distance of 6 feet and by wearing a mask at distances between 6 and 20 feet (except while eating). No mask is required as social distances >20 feet.
  2. entry to the LTER or other field lab is minimal, scheduled to avoid more than one person in a lab at a time, and face masks are worn inside at all times (this includes bathroom visits)
  3. investigators bring their own sanitizing solution, wipes, and face mask
  4. investigators use their own vehicle on site with two people maximum per vehicle, and always wearing face masks. When conditions are wet or muddy, they will park their vehicle on hard or gravel surfaces (after large rain events, alleyways may have standing water or saturated soils).
  5. all other University requirements are met, including (but not limited to):
    • approved travel authorization if required
    • two people maximum per vehicle on site when necessary, and always wearing a face mask
    • disinfection procedures that include sanitizing keys, door handles, shared tools, touchscreens, equipment and vehicle interiors, bathrooms, and work surfaces;
    • completing paper and computer work at home
    • completing the daily health assessment

You are expected to respect and comply with any additional restrictions we impose. Please delay research activities to the extent possible.

Requests to use the LTER or GLBRC field sites must be approved in advance via the SURF-Covid-19 Procedures Agreement (this is in addition to your normal SURF request). Daily visits to sites must be requested and approved 24h in advance with Stacey VanderWulp (LTER) and Caro Cordova (GLBRC) to avoid overlapping plot or building use. We will maintain a common GoogleDoc for investigators to log upcoming visits and use that to insure no overlap in sampling activities in each agronomic plot.

If you anticipate the need to sample please contact either Nick Haddad (LTER) or Phil Robertson (GLBRC) so we can approve and forward your request to university administration. Include the names of those who will be carrying out the activity. You will not get permission to sample until we get official notice from the College, so please submit your request as far in advance as possible.