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Buckton State Forest

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Buckton State Forest covers 1,092 acres located in the town of Stockholm in northeastern St. Lawrence County.

Recreation

There is a section of the New York State Snowmobile Trail System that crosses this state forest. The trail is classified as a corridor trail 7E. This trail also crosses various parcels of private land so please be respectful of private landowners and stay on the trail. This property also provides large undeveloped areas well suited for hunting, hiking, and nature viewing.

Camping - There are no designated campsites on this property. Back country camping is allowed. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. Camping is prohibited within 150 feet of water, roads or trail.

Hunting and Trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Fishing is permitted in the nearby St. Regis River in accordance with all fishing regulations.

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. See the February 2005 article in Conservationist Magazine for more information on geo-caching.

Field Notes

The topography is very flat with extensive wetlands spread throughout the area. The wettest areas are dominated by open wetlands and shrub swamps, which gradually transition to swamp hardwoods and white cedar in seasonal flooded areas. Drier upland sites support northern hardwood and white pine forests.

A picture of an open wetland and beaver pond in Buckton State Forest

Driving Directions

This forest can be accessed from the Buckton, Reed and East Part Roads, as well as St. Lawrence County Routes 47 and 49 in the town of Stockholm.

Important Phone Numbers

Potsdam DEC Office (M-F 8 am-4:30 pm) (315) 265-3090

DEC Forest Ranger Dispatch: (518) 408-5850

Emergencies: 911

Tips for Using State Forests

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

History

This forest consists of 7 separate parcels which were purchased between 1950 and 1964 for the purposes of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation, and watershed protection.

Much of the area is former agricultural land which has reverted to forest. Open fields were planted with a variety of species including red, Scotch, and eastern white pines. Less common species that were used include white cedar and an experimental planting of western white pine (Pinus monticola). A total of over 182,000 trees were planted on 237 acres of this state forest between 1953 and 1966.