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Knapp Station State Forest

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Knapp Station State Forest is composed of 1,006 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 provides large undeveloped areas well suited for hunting, hiking, and nature viewing.

Camping - There are no designated camp sites on this forest. 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 within 150 feet of water, roads or trails is prohibited.

Hunting and Trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted.

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.

There is a section of the New York State Snowmobile trail system adjacent to the forest. The trail is classified as a secondary trail. Remember this trail also crosses various parcels of town and private land, so please be respectful of adjacent land owners and stay on the trail.

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.

Driving Directions

This forest can be accessed from the Cook and Blind Crossing Roads in the town of Stockholm.

Important Phone Numbers

Open Wetland in Knapps Station State Forest
Open Wetland in Knapp Station State Forest

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 people and the forest environment.

History

This forest consists of 11 separate parcels which were purchased between 1936 and 1963 for the purposes of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation, and watershed protection. As with many state forests, 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 white pines, as well as white spruce.

This state forest is crossed by a stretch of the former Ogdensburg division of the Rutland Railroad which ceased operation in the 1960s. The rail bed through Knapp Station State Forest is now owned by the town of Stockholm.

Many of the properties purchased by the state in the 1930s and early 1940s were exhausted farmland with little tree cover. The first priorities after the establishment of a state forest were to reforest the land, prevent soil erosion, and minimize the threat of wildfires.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) played an active role in the early protection and development of this forest. Crews from Camp S-95 in Brasher Falls and S-134 in Canton / Pierrepont accomplished the following tasks on Knapp Station State Forest between 1936 and 1941:

- Planted over 620,000 trees on 605 acres, with the major species being White Pine, White Spruce, and Red Pine. Other less common species planted include White Cedar, Jack Pine, American Elm, and Basswood.
- Cleared and maintained 2.4 miles of fireline.
- Constructed 5 waterholes for fire control.

The current users of our state forests should thank the former CCC crew workers for the impressive state forests they see today.