The 6,000 hectare Huntington Wildlife Forest, containing both undisturbed natural communities and managed forest stands, is the most important component of the research facilities. The research tract and the surrounding 2.5 million hectare Adirondack Park provide abundant opportunities for ecological research.
Housing accommodations are available throughout the year. There are three modern residences available for housing individual families or visiting faculty at any time during the year. Six cabins, located in the Arbutus Lake Area, are capable of housing a total of 30 people on a seasonal basis or 14 individuals year around. A rustic lodge is available for small conferences with a meeting room space for 50 people and overnight accommodations for 10. Bunkhouses in the Rich Lake Area provide space for 32 people. Other accommodations are also available in the Newcomb/Long Lake area.
A modern dining facility seats 70 and serves cafeteria style meals. Vegetarian dishes are available for all meals and special dietary needs can be met. The minimum group size necessary for the preparation of meals is 15. There are bathroom and shower facilities located in the Dining Center as well.
The AEC Headquarters Building is the focal point of research and instruction. This facility includes administrative and research offices, a data storage center, computing stations, laboratories, library, and a conference room capable of seating up to 50 people.
Research LibraryA reference library of approximately 2,500 volumes is maintained at the headquarters building. This includes technical journals, textbooks, and references in ecological disciplines. More than 400 reference books were purchased during the past six years. Main library resources of Moon Library at SUNY-ESF and Syracuse University are also easily available.
Computer ResourcesMicro computing capabilities at the AEC are based on locally networked PC machines running Windows. Major software packages installed on the network include Mircosoft Office, SAS, ArcInfo and ArcView. Peripheral devices include HP-Laserjet printers, an HP Designjet800 (a large format inkjet color printer) and a digital projection system. Digital cameras, GPS units, and a slide scanner are also available. Internet access is available via a T1 line and wireless access is also available.
The Animal Studies Laboratory is used as a general purpose lab space. The building provides laboratory space, wet labs, a walk-in freezer, and drying ovens.
The AIC is the nexus for public programs, events, speaker series, courses and other activites offered through SUNY-ESF's Northern Forest Institute. As the public hub for the educational and outreach programming the AIC is a source for outstanding learning options in the central Adirondacks.