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Glenmeal State Forest

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Glenmeal State Forest covers 826 acres located in the town of Pierrepont in central St. Lawrence County.

Recreation

There are recreational trails open to hiking and cross country skiing which begin at a parking area on County Route 24, near the state forest area sign. Trails are marked with red or blue markers, and there are three available loops covering a total of 2.0 miles. There is also a short 0.2 mile hiking trail located south of the Wilson Road.

Camping

There are no designated campsites 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. 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.

Hunting and Trapping

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. 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 of northern hardwood, hemlock, 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.

trout lily (Erythronium americanum)
trout lily (Erythronium americanum)

Driving Directions

This forest can be accessed from the Bonno, Dillabaugh, and Wilson Roads, and St. Lawrence County Route 24 in the town of Pierrepont.

Important Phone Numbers

Potsdam DEC Office (M-F 8 am-4:30 pm)
DEC Forest Ranger Dispatch: (518) 408-5850
Emergencies: 911

Tips for Using State Forests

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

History

This forest consists of 10 separate parcels which were purchased between 1939 and 1962 for the purposes of reforestation, wildlife management, timber production, recreation, and watershed protection.

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. Camp S-134 in Pierrepont was located approximately 2.5 miles north of this state forest on what is now Powers Road.

A historical tree planting map of Glenmeal State Forest
A historical tree planting map of
Glenmeal State Forest

During April and May of 1941, CCC crews established 404 acres of new plantations on Glenmeal State Forest. Over 522,000 trees were planted in less than 1 month, with the major species being white pine, red pine, and white cedar. Other less common species that were used included Scotch pine, pitch pine, white spruce, white ash, black cherry, Douglas-fir, eastern hemlock, and European larch. This was one of the last major projects completed by Camp S-134, which was officially closed in mid May of 1941.

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


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