Oswegatchie Conservation Easement
The 1986 Environmental Quality Bond Act provided funds to purchase 6,737 acres of Forest Preserve in St. Lawrence and Herkimer Counties, and 17,749 acres of contiguous Conservation Easements in the Northeast corner of Lewis County, from Lassiter Properties, Inc. Those lands acquired for Forest Preserve have been added to either the Watson's East Triangle Wild Forest or the Aldrich Pond Wild Forest. The lands subject to a conservation easement are now owned by Rayonier Forest Resources LLP.
Location and Access
Public motor vehicle access to the Oswegatchie Easement may be gained by utilizing the Bald Mountain or Bear Pond Roads off the Long Pond Road in the town of Croghan, Lewis County. Access by foot from the adjacent New York State Reforestation Area, east of Jerden Falls Road and Blanchard Creek Truck Trail in the town of Diana is also possible. Restricted motor vehicle access for recreational canoeing on the Middle Branch of the Oswegatchie River is allowed along Mullins Pond Road, an extension of Bryant's Bridge Road in the town of Diana. Mullins Pond Road will be open throughout the recreational canoeing season. The easement property begins at 1.5 miles inside the Mullins Pond Rd. gate and parking is not permitted until you enter the easement lands.
Public Use on the Lands
- Pubic access across the properties by foot, snowshoes, skis and horses is allowed.
- Vehicular use on the easement is allowed only over presently established roads that are marked open to public motor vehicles. These roads are not open to public ATV use, though you may encounter ATVs operated by camp lessees. No off road use by vehicles is permitted.
- Travel on any navigable stream crossing the properties is allowed by canoe and other means of non-motorized travel and access. Canoeing/kayaking (including the right to portage around obstacles when necessary) is also allowed on the Middle Branch of the Oswegatchie River between the western edge of the easement and Bryant's Bridge, though this section of river and shore owned by Rayonier LLP is otherwise closed to public use.
- Camping is allowed at least 150 feet from any road, trail, spring, stream, pond or any body of water. Camping at one location four or more nights or in a group of 10 or more requires a permit from the local Forest Ranger. Please note that no camping by the public is allowed along the right-of-way across the private lands leading into the easement property.
- Fishing and trapping are allowed on the property.
- Firewood may be gathered only from dead and downed trees, and only for on-site use, for cooking and warmth.
- Littering is prohibited.
- Rayonier Forest Resources LLP retains the right to harvest timber on lands subject to conservation easements. Areas undergoing active timber harvesting or road construction may be posted as closed by Rayonier, in the interest of public safety.
- Hunting on the Lewis County easement portions of this property is allowed only between January 1 and August 31. Hunting rights between September and December are reserved by Rayonier Forest Resources LLP until December 31, 2019.
- All hunting, fishing and trapping must be in accordance with DEC regulations.
Comments and Information Requests
If you would like additional information on the Oswegatchie Easement or on any other lands administered by the Department of Environmental Conservation, please consult the DEC Supervising Forester at the office below. Normal office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm.
In case of an emergency (24 hours/day): Forest Fire, Search and Rescue - (518) 891-0235
The Department of Environmental Conservation welcomes suggestions on how to improve the management of this area. Please send your suggestions to:
DEC Lowville Office
7327 State Route 812
Lowville, New York 13367
More about Oswegatchie Conservation Easement :
- Oswegatchie CE Lands Map - Location map of the Oswegatchie Easement Lands