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Karr Valley Creek State Forest

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Karr Valley Creek State Forest, also known as Allegany #14, totals 1,917 acres. This state forest is located in Allegany County in the towns of Birdsall and West Almond. This area provides opportunities for outdoor recreational activities, such as, hiking, snowmobiling, camping and hunting.

The state forest is also a source of raw material for New York's forest products industry which provides employment and income for many New Yorkers and provides various habitats for many wildlife species such as deer, rabbit, grouse and turkey.

History

In the 1930s, Karr Valley Creek State Forest was the site of many work projects carried out by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The DEC West Almond Maintenance Center on County Route 2A was the site of one of the CCC camps. The CCC, established by the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, provided employment opportunities for young men during the Depression. CCC projects included the construction of roads and the planting of thousands of pine and spruce trees in the open areas on the property.

Field Notes

Wildlife

Hunting and trapping are allowed on the property. Be sure to abide by all game laws in affect through the N.Y.S.D.E.C.

Timber Management

View of a private timber processing facility located near Karr Valley Creek State Forest
The maturation of conifers planted in the 1930s
by the CCC has prompted private enterprise to
capitalize on the abundant availability of pine and
spruce sawtimber.

Conifer - The stands of pine and spruce were planted in old farm fields as they need open areas with direct sunlight to thrive. They are usually managed by a series of partial harvest thinnings. These thinnings provide openings of sunlight to encourage natural regeneration of native hardwoods. The removal of the conifer overstory in the final harvest allows the hardwood seedlings to grow to maturity.

Hardwood - Hardwood trees are not usually planted as they spread vast amounts of seed and naturally regenerate. Periodic thinning of the forest through the sale of forest products gives the residual trees more growing space. This helps to keep the forest healthy and provides openings for new seedlings, a revolving supply of food and cover for wildlife and source of future crop trees. Some stands will contain large trees, giving an illusion of old growth--such is very premature as these stands have been harvested prior to state ownership.

Recreation

Trails

Forest roads (which are not plowed unless a timber sale is in progress) and logging trails are available for hiking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and horseback riding. The Allegany County Federation of Snowmobilers, Inc. have marked trails which they maintain through this state forest. ATVs are prohibited.

Hunting

Hunting is allowed on the property. Campers can set up at log landings that have been graveled for vehicle access. Permanent tree stands and ATVs are prohibited. Be sure to abide by all game laws in affect through the N.Y.S.D.E.C. More information can be obtained from your local DEC office by calling 585-466-3241.

Skiing, Snowshoeing, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding

Allowed on property, but no designated trails.

Access for People with Disabilities

None. Contact DEC for accessible recreation on state lands nearby.

State Forest Regulations

Karr Valley Creek State Forest offers many recreational opportunities, such as, hunting, hiking, camping and horseback riding. State lands belong to all of us. Help care for this area and enhance the enjoyment of it for yourself and those who follow by observing these simple guidelines.

Directions

To reach Karr Valley Creek State Forest from Interstate 86, exit 32 (west Almond) onto County Route 2 and head east for about 2 miles to the intersection with County Route 2A and turn left. After a half mile the state forest begins and 1.5 miles further is the West Almond Maintenance Center.

Important Numbers

State Forest Office (M-F 8-4 p.m.): 585-466-3241

Forest Ranger (Evenings, Weekends and Holidays): 585-403-9574 and 585-415-1521

Emergencies: 911