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St. Lawrence Flatlands Management Unit

The St. Lawrence Flatlands planning unit consists of 10 state forests and 6 detached forest preserve parcels. The unit is located in a broad area encompassing northeastern St. Lawrence County and northwestern Franklin County, generally north of Canton and Potsdam, west of Bombay, and east of Ogdensburg. The state forests are located in the Franklin County towns of Bombay and Moira, and the St. Lawrence County towns of Brasher, Madrid, Norfolk, and Stockholm. The unit also includes 6 widely scattered parcels of Detached Forest Preserve located in the towns of Lisbon, Louisville, Massena, and Waddington.

Photgraph of a pond in this state forest

The following state managed properties are included in this unit:

Franklin County:
Bombay State Forest - 2,747 acres

St. Lawrence County:
Brasher State Forest - 19,751 acres
Buckton State Forest - 1,092 acres
Fort Jackson State Forest - 914 acres
Grantville State Forest - 775 acres
Knapp Station State Forest - 1,006 acres
Lost Nation State Forest - 1,907 acres
Raymondville State Forest - 641 acres
Sodom State Forest - 1,426 acres
Southville State Forest - 551 acres
Detached Forest Preserve parcels - 436 acres

The St. Lawrence Flatlands Unit is located in the broad St. Lawrence - Champlain Valley eco-region which drains into the St. Lawrence River. The topography is very flat with large wetland complexes spread across the landscape. The State Forests in this unit are managed for a variety of uses including timber management, watershed protection, recreation, and wildlife habitat.

Also included in this unit are 6 parcels of Detached Forest Preserve, which are properties classified as Forest Preserve but located outside the Catskill or Adirondack Park boundaries. These properties range in size from 3 to 350 acres. They are not managed for timber production and have relatively poor access with no developed trails or facilities, but do provide ample wildlife habitat and watershed protection values. These detached forest preserve parcels were owned by the state before the Adirondack Park was created and were in Forest Preserve counties where forested lands acquired by the state became Forest Preserve lands. Eventually the Adirondack Park Blue Line was established, within which state lands acquired would become Forest Preserve, while outside new acquisitions would become other categories of DEC lands such as state forests or wildlife management areas.

This unit is distinguished by its wetlands, softwood plantations and public usage. Wetlands, which comprise approximately 20 percent of the area provide ecological diversity as well as significant wildlife habitat. Softwood plantings done by the Civilian Conservation Corps over 70 years ago are evidenced by the 6,000 plus acres of quality pine and spruce that are now present. These plantations together with mixed natural forests, have long been an active source of products for the timber industry. The size of this unit, diversity of habitat and accessibility provide for exceptional recreational opportunities including hunting, fishing, camping, horseback riding, hiking, skiing, canoeing and biking as well as snowmobiling.

Final Unit Management Plan

A final Unit Management Plan was issued November 2015, which incorporates public comment received during public meetings and through written comments.

The goals of the UMP are to provide: a healthy, sustainable and biologically diverse forest; forest-based recreational opportunities; economic benefits to local communities and to the state of New York; and sound stewardship.

The plan was developed with considerable public input which helped assess the natural, physical, social and recreational resources of the unit's state forests. Information obtained and reviewed through the planning process helped build a solid foundation to support goals, objectives and management actions.

The UMP identifies improvements to infrastructure, timber management, and recreational facilities development with a ten year schedule of implementation. Some habitat will be managed for early successional stages to benefit specific wildlife species such as songbirds and game species. Also several new access points along the Deer and St. Regis Rivers, parking areas, kiosks, and trails for persons with disabilities will be developed.

Downloadable Documents

This is a large document and may be slow to download. You can download parts of the plan below.

Final St. Lawrence Flatlands Unit Management Plan (Full PDF) (22.5 MB)

Part 1 - Cover thru Management & Objectives: Forest Type Codes, Pgs. i to 87 (PDF 933 KB)
Part 2 - Management & Objectives: Land Management Action Schedules thru Appendix C: Parcel Acquisition History, Pgs. 88 to 258 (PDF 1.0 MB)
Part 3 - Appendix D: Historic Photos thru Appendix G: Black Ash Management Outline, Pgs. 259 to 273 (PDF 620 KB)
Part 4 - Appendix H: St. Regis Mohawk Position Letter, Pgs. 274 to 277 (PDF 998 KB)
Part 5 - Appendix I: Memorandum from the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Regarding Brasher State Forest and Cultural Restoration, Pgs. 278 to 286 (PDF 1.7 MB)
Part 6 - Figure 1: Soil Maps, Pgs. 287 to 303 (PDF 1.2 MB)
Part 7 - Figure 2: Hydrology and Special Management Zone Maps, Pgs. 304-320 (PDF 1.6 MB)
Part 8 - Figure 3: Infrastructure and Recreation Maps, Pgs. 321 to 344 (PDF 754 MB)
Part 9A - Figure 4: Stand Identification Maps for Bombay and Brasher Falls State Forests, Pgs. 345 to 377 (PDF 4.7 MB)
Part 9B - Figure 4: Stand Identification Maps for Remainder, Pgs. 378 to 398 (PDF 3.6 MB)
Part 10 - Figure 5: Current Forest Cover Type Maps, Pgs. 399 to 415 (PDF 1.7 MB)
Part 11 - Figure 6: Topography and Slope Maps, Pgs. 416 to 432 (PDF 3.9 MB)
Part 12 - Figure 7: Management Direction Maps; Figure 8: Matrix Forest Block and Connectivity Corridor Map; Figure 9: Designated Snowmobile Trail Maps; and Figure 10: Multi‐Use Trail Alternatives Maps, Pgs. 433 to 461 (PDF 1.6 MB)