A principle of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is to support advances in sustainable forest management through forestry research, science and technology.
For nine years the NH SFI Implementation Committee has contributed to this principle through its sponsorship of a research intern at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. Hubbard Brook is an area of land in the towns of Woodstock and Thornton in the White Mountains of New Hampshire that functions as an outdoor laboratory for ecological studies. Established in 1955 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this 7,800 northern hardwood experimental forest attracts scientist from all over the globe to conduct forest and environmental research.
The “bowl-like” configuration of Hubbard Brook watershed funnels surface and ground water across the landscape enabling this forest to be used for groundbreaking research in the areas of nutrient cycling and water quality. More recently, the forest’s elevation is enabling research into the impacts of climate change on forest health and forest composition/migration.
Annually, the NHSIC provides funding to support the hiring and lodging of an intern to assist the scientist with the gathering and compiling of research data. In 2019 the NHSIC sponsored intern, Tristan Keller from Plymouth NH assisted with data collection, installation of new snow scale and snow water equivalent devices, sealing and completing the new weir 6, painted boundary lines, blazed trails, worked in the sample archives, assisted in fish research on Mirror Lake, and concluded the summer giving a presentation to Congresswoman Annie Kuster.