Five Mile Conservation Easement
In 2007, the State of New York purchased a conservation easement on 18,497 acres owned by Lyme Adirondack Timberlands I LLC, now owned by Woodwise Forestland LLC. The easement is located in the Towns of Hopkinton and Parishville in St. Lawrence County. Conservation easement terms limit future development, require sustainable forestry practices, and provide specific public recreation opportunities.
Location and Access
The Five Mile Conservation Easement is located in the Towns of Hopkinton and Parishville in St. Lawrence County. The easement can be accessed from Sterling Pond Road in Parishville.
These conservation easement lands can be located on the Augerhole Falls, Carry Falls Reservoir, and Sylvan Falls 7.5"x15" USGS topographic maps. Maps are available in many book and outdoor stores or directly from USGS.
- All public use is restricted to the designated public recreation area south of the West Branch of the St. Regis River and north of the access road.
- Public motor vehicle access to these lands is restricted to a single access road. The road may be closed seasonally.
- Public snowmobile use is permitted only on designated roads and trails.
- Public ATV use is prohibited.
- Public hunting is prohibited.
- Public fishing is permitted, subject to standard NYS regulations, but only in the designated public recreation area.
- Please adhere to signage noting areas closed to the public. Also, please respect camp leases on the property.
In 2002, International Paper Company and its subsidiary SP Forests LLC began discussions with New York State concerning the sale of conservation easements on all of their Adirondack Park lands. The sale of these easements occurred over three years, with one of the easements encumbering the Five Mile property, sold to the State of New York by the Lyme Adirondack Timberlands I in 2007. The Five Mile Easement is currently owned by Woodwise Land Company. Historic uses of the property including forest management and camp leases continue under the easement, however future development has been restricted. Specific recreation opportunities have also been granted to the public.
Information Requests and Suggestions
If you would like additional information on the Five Mile Conservation Easement or on any other lands administered by the Department of Environmental Conservation, please consult the DEC Supervising Forester at the office below. Normal office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm.
In case of an emergency (24 hours/day): Forest Fire, Search and Rescue - (518) 891-0235
The Department of Environmental Conservation welcomes suggestions on how to improve the management of this area. Please send your suggestions to:
Lands and Forests
6739 US Hwy 11
Potsdam, NY 13676
More about Five Mile Conservation Easement:
- Five Mile Conservation Easement Map - Five Mile Conservation Easement Map