Pine Ridge State Forest
During the early 1940's, as the story goes, a landowner in the town of Sherburne by the name of Boos decided to plant trees on his property so that when they matured he could pay for his daughters to go to college. Unfortunately, he failed to realize that trees can take a long time to mature, and by the time his daughters were of college age, the trees were still too small to be of any real monetary value. So, at the beginning of the 1960's, the family sold their land to New York State, and this land became Pine Ridge State Forest (Chenango Reforestation Area #37).
Pine Ridge is a small forest, as state forests go, comprising of 274 acres of mainly Red Pine and Larch plantations. Small pockets of northern hardwoods, such as Sugar Maple, White Ash, and Red Oak, can be found scattered throughout the forest. A small, quarter acre pond is located in the western part of the forest, with a stream flowing from it to the south. The terrain can be quite challenging in places, hence the name "Pine Ridge".
Evidence of experimental thinning methods can be found throughout the forest, representing DEC's continuing effort to best manage our forest resource. This forest was chosen as a model for these thinnings because of its many plantations. Also, close inspection of the pockets of Sugar Maple trees will reveal signs of having been tapped for maple syrup in days gone by.
Due to its small acreage, and rugged terrain, Pine Ridge's recreational opportunities are mainly limited to hunting, camping, or a short day hike. Whatever your preference may be, do not forget to look around you and think of how one man's dream for his daughters became a unique place for us all to enjoy.
Pine Ridge State Forest is part of the Between Rivers Unit Management Plan which currently is in draft format. A Unit Management Plan (UMP) guides the DEC's land management activities on several geographically related forests for a ten-year period, although a number of goals and objectives in the plan focus on a much longer time period. Each UMP addresses specific objectives and actions for public use and forest management.
Anyone enjoying the use of this State Forest must observe the following rules which protect them and the forest environment:
- Do not litter. Carry out what you carry in. Burying of refuse is prohibited.
- If you build a fire, do so with care and use wood from dead and downed trees only. Never leave a fire unattended.
- All motorized vehicles are restricted to access roads posted as motor vehicle trails. Off road use of motorized vehicles, such as ATVs, trail bikes and four-wheel drives is not allowed, except where specifically permitted by signs, posted notice or by DEC permit.
- 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.
- No permanent structures should be established, including tree stands or blinds.
Pine Ridge State Forest can be reached by traveling East on State Route 80 out of the village of Sherburne for approximately two miles. Take a right onto New Turnpike Road, and continue for about another mile until you reach Kendricks Road, where you take another right hand turn. The state forest is immediately on your left, and will be on both sides of the road after the private land ends on the west side.
State Forest Office (M-F 8am-4pm): 607-674-4017
Forest Ranger (Evenings, Weekends and Holidays): 607-316-3291
DEC Forest Ranger Dispatch: 518-408-5850