Welcome to the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study

Established in 1955 by the USDA Forest Service, the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest is a 7,800-acre northern hardwood forest situated within the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire. It is home to the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study, which was founded in 1963 and is one of the longest running and most comprehensive ecosystem studies in the world. The collaborative, multidisciplinary research efforts include long-term studies of air, water, soils, plants, and animals. 

The Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study is a unique public-private partnership involving the USDA Forest Service, the National Science Foundation’s Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program, the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, and scientists from research institutions throughout the world.

News and Highlights

Hubbard Brook Research Foundation and UNH Help Relaunch The Northern States Research Cooperative

Following a three-year hiatus, the Northeastern States Research Cooperative has been revitalized, thanks to $2 million in funding for the 2020 fiscal year from the U.S. Forest Service. The grant program originated in New Hampshire and has supported research conducted by Hubbard Brook researchers, including studies that investigate winter climate change, water quality, forest inventory management, and changes in forest ecosystems.