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Rush Creek State Forest

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Rush Creek State Forest (Allegany Reforestation Area #18) is located in the Towns of Caneadea, Rushford and New Hudson in Allegany County. Rush Creek State Forest covers a total of 1,404 acres, and also borders the 4,475-acre Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area.

History

Unlike many of the State Forest areas in Allegany County, most of Rush Creek State Forest has been in continuous forested cover throughout its history. Only about a third of the acreage was ever cleared for cultivation or pasture. Some of the largest unbroken areas of hardwoods on State Forests in Allegany County can be found here.

Field Notes

The forest cover types on Rush Creek State Forest are primarily native hardwood species, with a smaller component of planted conifers.

Timber Management

The hardwood stands are managed through a series of thinnings which remove the lower quality trees and give more growing space to the best quality trees. The hardwood tops are generally left in place to rot and recycle their nutrients back into the soil. The decaying tops also provide bedding and nesting cover for wildlife such as white-tailed deer and wild turkeys.

Periodic thinnings in the red pine plantations have allowed the native hardwoods to seed into the sunlit openings. Many of the pine stands have reached maturity and the remaining overstory is now being removed to allow the hardwoods to grow to maturity. These "early-successional" hardwood stands provide an important habitat component for a variety of songbird species, as well as ruffed grouse and woodcock.

Recreation

Lost Nation Civilian Conservation Corps crew planting trees
Lost Nation Civilian Conservation Corps crew planting trees. Newly-
built Rushford Lake is in the background (constructed by Rochester
Gas & Electric Corporation to store water for their hydroelectric
generating station on the Genesee River). June 1936

Rush Creek State Forest offers various opportunities for recreation.

Hiking

Hiking is allowed, but there are no designated trails on the property.

Camping

There are no formal camp sites on this property. However, individuals may set up camp at any location which is at least 150 feet from water bodies, streams, roads or trails. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger (see telephone numbers below).

Please note that camping on the adjacent Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area is only allowed at designated campsites and requires a permit, available from one of the Forest Rangers.

Hunting and Trapping

The area is a popular destination for both small game and big game hunting. Hunting and trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Traps may not be set on public road right of ways. Body gripping traps set on land must be at least 100 feet from public trails.

Geo-caching

Geo-caching is allowed, although caches must be marked with the owner's contact information and may not be placed in dangerous or ecologically sensitive locations.

Snowmobiling

New York State Snowmobile Corridor Trail 2C passes through Rush Creek State Forest.

Tips for Using State Forests

Anyone enjoying this property must observe rules which protect visitors and the forest environment.

Directions

Rush Creek State Forest lies directly southeast of Rushford Lake, and is accessible via County Route 49, Rush Creek Road, Slusher Hill Road and McNamara Hill Road.

Important Numbers

State Forest Office (M-F 8-4 p.m.): 585-466-3241
Forest Rangers: 585-403-9574 or 585-415-1521
Emergencies: 911