Chautauqua Unit State Forests
State Forests Within the Unit
Boutwell Hill State Forest: Mature stand of hardwoods along
the Earl Cardot Overland Trail
The Chautauqua Management Unit is a group of 14 state forests located in Chautauqua County. The Unit Management Plan covers 17,199 acres in the Chautauqua County towns of Chautauqua, Sherman, Clymer, Harmony, North Harmony, Busti, Stockton, Charlotte, Cherry Creek, Gerry and Ellington. Fourteen state forest properties are included under twelve forest names in the Unit: Boutwell Hill State Forest, North Harmony State Forest, Mount Pleasant State Forest, Panama State Forest, Chautauqua Gorge State Forest, Stockton State Forest, Brokenstraw State Forest, Harris Hill State Forest, Hatch Creek State Forest, Whalen Memorial State Forest, Hill Higher State Forest and Wellman State Forest. County and town roads provide access to portions of the above state forests.
2013 Unit Management Plan Documents
The Chautauqua Unit State Forests UMP and accompanying maps can be viewed and downloaded as PDFs (see below).
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Harris Hill State Forest: trail in fall
Chautauqua Management Unit is easily accessible with 12.1 miles of forest access roads and 48.7 miles of county and town roads that border and pass through the unit. The landscape diversity is enhanced by 660.9 acres of regulated wetlands, which includes current beaver ponds and old beaver meadows. The abundant wetland resource provides plenty of opportunities for trappers in pursuit of beaver, mink, otter, and fish. There are 6.25 miles of trout water tributaries that provide excellent trout spawning habitat. Anglers and bird watchers enjoy the 8 man-made ponds on the Unit. The Unit provides a majority of hardwood cover across the landscape with 10,783 acres of natural forest. Conifer plantation still occupies an additional 4,496 acres. There are 33.7 miles of snowmobile trails throughout the Unit. There are 6.7 miles of haul roads designated for ATV use on 16 different roads for persons with disabilities for hunting access with an appropriate permit.
North Harmony State Forest: This groomed snowmobile trail
offers spectacular scenery as it traverses the forest and is sure
to please any outdoor winter enthusiast.
The management objectives for the Unit were determined on the landscape level, not only to ensure biological diversity and the protection of ecosystems but also to optimize the many benefits to the public that these lands serve. A sustainable timber harvest schedule was developed as a main recommendation of the plan. Many of our management objectives are achieved though silvicultural activities. Standard guidelines are outlined in the plan for all harvesting actives around streams, ponds and wetlands. The silvicultural objectives of the plan will maintain a strong softwood component in the Unit, also providing key wildlife habitat.
New recreation opportunities proposed in the plan include:
- Build horse trails on North Harmony and Boutwell Hill State Forests
- Build bike trails on Harris Hill, Hatch Creek and Whalen Memorial State Forests