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Fort Jackson State Forest

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Fort Jackson State Forest covers 914 acres located in the town of Stockholm in northeastern St. Lawrence County.

Recreation

There are currently no developed trails on this state forest. The property does provide large undeveloped areas well suited for hunting, hiking, and nature viewing.

Camping - There are no designated camp sites 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 variable with upland areas supporting a mixture northern hardwood and white pine forests. Pine and spruce plantations were established on what were formerly farm fields and pastures. Flatter ground supports open wetlands and shrub swamps, which gradually transition to swamp hardwoods and white cedar in seasonal flooded areas.

The pine false webworm (Acantholyda erythrocephala) is an invasive sawfly native to Europe which has caused significant defoliation and mortality of Scotch and white pines in Fort Jackson State Forest and areas to the south and east. It was first reported locally in 1981 and populations have fluctuated greatly, with a particularly large outbreak between 1987 and 1996. Insect damage has been low since that time.

American chestnut (Castanea dentata) was once a common and valuable tree for its rot resistant timber and chestnuts which were eaten by both wildlife and people. Unfortunately, an invasive fungal disease was introduced into North America around 1904 which quickly spread throughout the northeastern states, killing almost all mature chestnut trees by the 1930s. This state forest still contains a small population of chestnut sprouts, which grow to a few inches in diameter and then succumb to the chestnut blight fungus.

A picture of the St. Regis River as seen from Fort Jackson State Forest
The St. Regis River as seen from Fort Jackson State Forest

Driving Directions

This forest can be accessed from the Nichols, Sheldon and Barrett Roads 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 9 separate parcels which were purchased between 1950 and 1994 for the purposes of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation, and watershed protection.

The nearby hamlet of Buckton contained a starch factory during the late 1800s. Some of the land comprising this state forest was used to grow potatoes, which exhausted the soil and made continued farming impossible. These depleted areas were planted with a variety of tree species including red, Scotch, and white pines. Less common species that were used include white cedar, white spruce and jack pine. A total of over 591,000 trees were planted on 628 acres of this state forest between 1952 and 1962.

Fort Jackson State Forest is located adjacent to St. Lawrence County Forest #'s 11 and 22, which are managed by the St. Lawrence County Soil and Water Conservation District.