THE SITE: The HBRF Mirror Lake campus includes eight housing units on a 19-acre lakeside parcel. Five of the units are rented for use by scientists, participants in HBRF programs, and space permitting, other nonprofit organizations. A separate building houses a meeting room suitable for small conferences, meetings and workshops.
COTTAGES: All of the cottages are immediately adjacent to Mirror Lake on Hamlet Drive, a right turn off Mirror Lake Road, just beyond the public beach access road. While the specifics of each one are slightly different, they all have furnished bedrooms, baths, living rooms and kitchens. Some bedrooms are singles or triples, but most are doubles (with twin beds). Outside decks have views over the water. Each has heat, hot water, electricity and wireless high-speed internet access. Cell phone coverage is generally very good.
SITE HISTORY: In June of 2004 the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation and the Trust for Public Land (TPL) acquired a key 19-acre property adjacent to Mirror Lake (just outside the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest). This parcel was threatened with high-density development of time-share condominiums and single-family residences. Such development may have jeopardized the ecological research record compiled for the past 40 years at Mirror Lake. The transaction was made possible with key support from the Open Space Conservancy, a subsidiary of the Open Space Institute, and a consortium of other organizations. In a news release issued at the time, David Sleeper, then Executive Director of HBRF, said, “An extraordinary coalition of partners – led by the Trust for Public Land and the Open Space Institute – came together to make this vital transaction happen. This project has environmental ramifications far beyond simply protecting 19 acres at Mirror Lake. Scientists at the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study will use the land and housing at Mirror Lake to conduct monitoring and research which will benefit ecosystem scientists and policy makers throughout the world.