Huntington Wildlife Forest (HWF) is a 15,000 acre research facility in the central Adirondacks operated by the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF). The Adirondack Ecological Center (AEC), located on HWF, provides the organizational framework for the numerous research, instructional, and public service activities occurring on HWF. This handbook is intended to provide students, researchers and visitors with information relating to the appropriate use of AEC/HWF resources.
Housing facilities on Huntington Wildlife Forest (HWF) provide basic accommodations at minimal cost. These facilities are maintained in the best possible condition with the limited resources available. All residents and visitors are expected to exercise good judgement, discretion, and the utmost care in using these facilities. Seasonal residents are expected to share a large responsibility in the upkeep of these facilities. Housing facilities are intended to provide space for sleeping, dining (off season), storage of personal items, and a living area. They are not to be used for construction projects or laboratory space.
HWF accommodations, primarily small cabins or bunkhouses, are provided with basic furnishings and utilities.
Residents should provide:
Coin operated laundry facilities are located at the Arbutus area and the dining hall. You need to supply your own soap, bleach, etc. Follow directions and use College machines with care. If these machines break down, the laundromat in Long Lake is the closest alternative.
Garbage cans, lids, and plastic bags are provided and must be used for all refuse. Garbage is picked up twice a week (Tuesday and Friday). Improper storage of garbage will result in unwanted visitors (mice, raccoons, bears, etc.) and may cause a violation of the health code. Recycling specifications are posted in every building. A special bin is provided at each housing cluster for returnable bottles and cans. Please dispose of returnables promptly.
6312 State Route 28N
Newcomb, NY 12852.
Cell phone service on HWF is generally sporadic and unreliable. Pay telephones are located at the Dining Hall (518.582.9900) and on the outside of Algonquin Cabin (518.582.9961). Emergency numbers are posted in all buildings.
The College operates a dining hall during the summer field season and for short visits at other times of the year. All summer field season residents are required to participate in the meal program. A fee schedule is available from the Adirondack Ecological Center (AEC) and on our web site.
Monday - Friday 6:45 - 7:15 AM
Saturday-Sunday is make your own
Make your own at breakfast
Monday - Sunday 6:00 PM
Meals are served promptly and only at designated times. Please be on time.
Seasonal residents are encouraged to use the property on weekends and after working hours. Opportunities for hiking, fishing, boating, swimming, and other forms of recreation are available, both on and off HWF. Car or bike trips around the road system often provide opportunities to see and photograph wildlife (SPEED LIMIT--15 MPH).
Rich Lake provides bass and pike fishing, as well as swimming and boating. Catlin Lake provides excellent catch and release bass fishing. Special fishing restrictions are posted and enforced at both Catlin and Arbutus lakes. Persons fishing on HWF are required to have a NYS license and to fill out a creel form summarizing their fishing activity. These forms are available at boat landings on the lakes. No fishing is permitted in Wolf Lake.
Camping and campfires are permitted on Catlin Lake at 1) Birch Point lean-to and 2) designated tent sites at Sabattis Pass. Prior approval of the AEC staff is required to reserve this area for camping. The HWF camping policy is available here.
Several areas on the property are open to the public (Visitor Interpretive Center, Goodnow Mountain Trail, Rich Lake Boat Access). Many summer visitors who use these facilities have trouble finding them. Treat visitors courteously and provide directions as needed. Occasionally, unauthorized people find their way onto areas of the property not open to the public. If you encounter someone you do not recognize, treat them courteously and contact an AEC staff member regarding their presence at the earliest opportunity.
Boats and canoes are available for recreational purposes when not required for research activities. All boats are to be returned to the location from which they were taken. Use extreme care while boating and have U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation vests on board as required by NYS law. No motors of any kind are to be used in conjunction with recreational activities without permission of the AEC staff. Any damage to boats, paddles, or oars should be reported to an AEC staff member promptly.
To prevent disturbance of potential nesting sites of the common loon, please stay away from all islands on HWF lakes between 1 May and 15 August. Loons are listed as a Species of Special Concern in New York. Their preferred nesting sites are on islands at the water’s edge. Your presence may cause them to abandon their nest or alert potential predators to the nest location.
A Research Study Plan must be filed with the Director prior to the initiation of any research activities on HWF. Copies of this form are available at the AEC and on the AEC web page.
There are four areas posted with red "Restricted Area" signs that are off-limits to all persons except authorized research personnel. These areas are: Atmospheric Monitoring Site (north of the Animal Studies Lab); the SWAMP Site (directly northeast of the Adjidaumo gate), the Integrated Forest Studies Site (along the east side of Arbutus Lane between the Maintenance Garage and Marcy Cabin), and the Arbutus Watershed Study Site (north inlet of Arbutus Lake). Please avoid these areas.
There are several other areas on HWF that are devoted to short or long-term research. In many cases, permanent markers and/or sensitive equipment are located on these sites. These areas are generally marked with permanent metal pipes, painted red on top with an AEC red plot tag attached. Disturbance of these markers or adjacent equipment could result in irreparable damage and loss of important data.
A set of guidelines for plot marking has been established and must be followed when marking sites in the field. A copy of these guidelines is available from the Director. Red has been designated as the only color approved for use in conjunction with marking research sites.
The AEC office building is open from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm on weekdays. Access to the building after working hours is limited to AEC staff, ESF Faculty, and graduate students.
AEC Library - All persons at HWF are encouraged to use the AEC library. Questions regarding the use of the library should be directed to an AEC staff member. Material removed from the library, except for the purpose of photocopying, must be signed out. No graduate theses may be removed from the library.
Computers - Although primarily a field research facility, the AEC maintains a networked computer lab. Students may use the computers in the AEC office basement during working hours. Computers with internet access are also available at the Animal Studies Laboratory for use by undergraduates and research technicians. Personal computer files saved onto any computer are to be placed in the Users [Z:] directory. Computers are networked to facilitate file saving and retrieval. If you are unfamiliar with how the network operates, ask an AEC staff person. No software should be loaded nor default settings altered on AEC computers without permission from an AEC staff member. A key code is available for personal computers to allow for Internet access. Up-to-date anitvirus software must be current on the persona computer.
A variety of commonly used field equipment is available at the AEC, the sawmill storage building and the Animal Studies Lab. Use of this equipment must be approved by an AEC staff member. All equipment needs to be signed out on an appropriate record sheet by the user. Any lost or broken equipment should be reported promptly.
Nearly everyone will have occasion to use the two-way radio system. Your supervisor will give you instruction on proper use of this equipment. Radios are provided especially for the purpose of emergency communication. People using axes, chainsaws, climbing gear, etc., must have radio communication nearby. Frequency #2 is for field communication while frequency #1 is for communication with the AEC office only. Be aware that two way radio transmissions can be heard by listeners outside of HWF.
College vehicles (cars, trucks, ATV’s and snowmobiles) are to be used in conjunction with assigned work activities only. All drivers must be College employees and possess a valid drivers license.
Gasoline is available at the Maintenance Garage Monday thru Friday from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm for College vehicles only. Record all information on the form at the pump. Report any vehicle problems to the Maintenance Supervisor or your immediate supervisor promptly.
HWF roads are narrow and have many sections with limited sight distance. Often there are vehicles parked on the edge of the road or researchers standing in the road who may not see or hear you coming. Use extreme caution when driving on HWF roads. The maximum speed limit on all HWF roads is 15 MPH. Drivers exceeding this limit will receive one warning only; speeding on a second occasion can result in loss of all driving privileges (including use of a personal vehicle) on HWF roads. No passengers are permitted to ride in truck beds or anywhere not designed for passenger use. Seasonal residents using the AEC must park in the upper parking lot. Lower lots near the office are for staff and visitors.
Your personal safety is a primary concern while you are at HWF. One of the greatest potentials for injury is when operating vehicles, particularly on forest roads. Drive carefully, be alert for other vehicles, and observe the 15 mph speed limit. Safety equipment is available for your use while working. Eye protection, face shields, ear plugs, chainsaw chaps, rubber gloves, hard hats, etc. must be worn when working with certain tools/equipment. Anyone using an ATV must wear a helmet. Check with your supervisor as to the location and proper use of this equipment.
Safety is also a major concern at housing facilities. Do not leave appliances running unattended, do not overload electrical circuits, and familiarize yourself with the location and operation of fire extinguishers.
If you are planning to be away from HWF for a day/weekend, please notify your supervisor and the dining hall staff. Be sure to inform someone of your destination and approximate return time. You can leave a note on the bulletin board at the Dining Hall or leave a message on the AEC answering machine (518.582.4551 ext 101).
All accidents on the HWF involving personal injury or vehicle damage (no matter how minor) must be reported as soon as possible. This includes accidents occurring during and after working hours. If a severe injury occurs in the field, contact the AEC via radio as soon as possible so that a doctor and/or ambulance can be summoned.
The established policies of SUNY ESF pertaining to the use of alcohol and other drugs on College properties shall govern all such activities on HWF. These policies prohibit the possession, use, or sale of illegal drugs. With certain exceptions these policies also prohibit the possession and consumption of alcohol.
The possession and/or use of firearms and ammunition within the boundaries of the HWF is strictly prohibited.