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Public Invited to Celebrate Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest 60th Anniversary with Cake, Science and Tree-climbing

[photo:] Group at Hubbard Brook EF celebrating the 60th anniversary by forming a human 60 Woodstock, NH, September 30, 2015 - Researchers will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest with a public celebration that aims to make environmental science fun and engaging for all ages.

Hosted by the USDA Forest Service, the free event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest Lab at 234 Mirror Lake Road, near Woodstock, N.H. The first 10 people attending will receive free commemorative Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest anniversary t-shirts.

“Long-term research has always been crucial to achieving the mission of the USDA Forest Service,” said Michael T. Rains, Director of the Northern Research Station and the Forest Products Laboratory. “America’s forests provide essential goods and services that we rely on, from forest products to clean water and air to open space for all to enjoy. Forest Service research will remain a vital part of keeping our rural and urban forests healthy, sustainable and more resilient to disturbances now and for future generations.”

Along with a barbeque and inspirational talks from leaders in the field of forest science, the celebration will include tree climbing for the entire family; talks and demonstrations on birds and moose, a walk to Mirror Lake (the most studied lake in the world), and tours of forests and ongoing large scale forest experiments on  drought, warming, and ice storms. Authors will be on hand to sign books written about the experimental forest and research conducted there, including a children’s book, and artists and musicians will also be on hand to talk about current efforts to integrate art and science.

A 7,400-acre forest within the White Mountain National Forest, the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest was established in 1955 as a center for hydrologic research in New England. The Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study was established in 1963, and in 1988 it was designated as a National Science Foundation Long-Term Ecological Research site. The Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest is one of the 22 USDA Forest Service “Smart Forests” that are equipped to collect and transmit data in near real-time.

“Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest has been the site of research that has literally changed our understanding of how forests work and our ability to manage forests,” said Lindsey Rustad, the Forest Service team leader at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. “To commemorate six decades of research, we wanted to invite lic in to meet our scientists and share in our exciting work on the forests of New Hampshire.”  

Some of the most significant research conducted at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest has included:

  • First documentation of acid rain in North America

  • Developing a small watershed technique for studying biogeochemistry

  • Establishing the factors regulating nutrient flux and cycling in northern hardwood forests

  • Determining the effects of forest harvesting disturbance on water quality and quantity

  • Documenting the long-term effects of acid rain on soil nutrient pools and streamwater chemistry

  • Documenting the relationship of interior forest bird populations and communities to forest structure and development


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