Overview of Facilities at Hubbard Brook
Hubbard Brook is not only a research site, but also a comprehensive field station and education campus that offers housing facilities, a laboratory, and conference and meeting spaces to visiting scientists, teachers, and students. HBRF facilities complement the Robert S. Pierce Ecosystem Laboratory, which is managed by the USDA Forest Service. When not in use by Hubbard Brook scientists, opportunities exist for educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and government agencies to use HBRF facilities for retreats and other functions.
The HBRF campus, which spans the towns of Thornton and Woodstock is powered by a 40.5 kilowatt solar array at the Pleasant View Farmhouse. The solar array’s output is shared through New Hampshire’s neighborhood net metering program. This program, in conjunction with the NH Electric Co-op grid, allows solar production from the Foundation’s most ideal site (about 87% efficient) to be shared across the ten buildings at the Hubbard Brook campus, many of which have heavy shade, or non-optimal orientation. Annually, the system output is expected to provide 90-100% of the campus’s electricity from the sun.
The project was funded through an outside investor and HBRF currently purchases the power generated by the array through a Power Purchase Agreement with the investor. We will have the opportunity to purchase the system outright in 2020, which will save the organization thousands of dollars annually in electricity bills. If you wish to make a donation to help us achieve this goal, please contact Anthea Lavallee, Deputy Director, at (802) 432-1042.
Hubbard Brook facilities include:
The Pleasant View Farm complex consists of a 3-story farmhouse with dormitory style living quarters; a newly updated laboratory; and a garage for dirty lab work. There is also space for tent camping when other accommodations are full.
Pleasant View Farm Managers:
Elisa Speckert, 802-432-1042
The Mirror Lake Campus consists of eight separate, fully equipped living units on the shore of pristine Mirror Lake at the entrance to the Forest, and a classroom/meeting room.
Mirror Lake Campus Manager:
Zach Ralph, 802- 432-1042
The Robert S. Pierce Laboratory, located within the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, is owned and operated by the USDA Forest Service’s Northeastern Research Station. This facility is headquarters for the scientists and technician who manage the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest and conduct year-round monitoring throughout the forest. It also provides a large conference room, laboratory space, archive and storage space, as well as temporary living quarters for visitors.
Contact: Ian Halm, 603-726-8902 (firstname.lastname@example.org )