The Chateaugay Woodlands forest lies in the northern fringe of the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York State. It consists of 85,450 acres in 8 primary tracts. All but 1,000 acres is encumbered by a conservation easement held by the N.Y.D.E.C. The property is managed by Chateaugay Woodlands for its timber resource, while the focus of the D.E.C.’s easement is toward the protection of scenic and natural resources and, public access and recreation.
|Property Name||Chateaugay Woodlands, LLC|
|Previous Owner||Chateaugay Woodlands, LLC|
|Dominant Forest Type||75% Northern Hardwood 25% Pine/Spruce-Fir|
|Managing Consultant||LandVest – Chateaugay Woodlands|
|Address||PO Box 67 Schuyler Falls, NY – 12985|
Chateaugay Woodlands is situated in the Adirondack Mountain range of northeastern New York State. The property is located entirely within the Adirondack Park, abutting the northern boundary. The forest is largely contiguous, with a several scattered outlying parcels. Located in the northeastern corner of the Adirondack Park it is in a transition zone between the Adirondack Mountains to the south and the St. Lawrence River valley to the north. All of the watercourses flow ultimately to the St. Lawrence, but the southern portions of the property feed the Saranac River watershed which drains into Lake Champlain. The property totals 84,450 acres. The primary block consists of a consolidated area of 73,473 acres in the Towns of Bellmont, Franklin, in Franklin County and an area in the Town of Saranac, Clinton County lying west of Standish Road. The bulk of the remainder consists of 6 non-contiguous Parcels (some parcels share a common corner) in the Towns of Ellenburg, Saranac and Dannemora. There are also several smaller, scattered lots in the Town of Malone. These remaining parcels total 10,975.
In 2004, Chateaugay Woodlands, LLC (CW) partnered with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to acquire 104,410 acres of forestland located in the northern reaches of the Adirondack Park in northeastern New York State. These lands were acquired from Domtar Inc., a Canadian forest products company. At that time CW was a wholly owned subsidiary of The Lyme Northern Forest Fund. As a result of the this partnership, CW acquired 84,450 acres of the property, and TNC has acquired the remaining 19,960 acres. CW then negotiated a conservation easement over nearly the entire 84,450 acres with the State of New York. In April of 2009, Heartwood Forestland Fund VI purchased the Chateaugay Woodlands, LLC from Lyme Northern Forest Fund.
On the property level hard maple and red maple comprise more than 51% (basal area) of the overstory species of this forest. Yellow birch and beech contribute 21%. The most predominant softwood species is balsam fir, with 7.3% of the basal area. The hardwoods generally dominate the well-drained mid-slope areas and softwoods are associated with cooler, wetter sites on low elevation (or in riparian areas) and with higher elevations. The softwood plantations were established on lower elevations, almost exclusively on sandy, well-drained sites. White and yellow birch are also often associated with higher elevations.
The primary forest types represented on the property include:
The Northern Hardwood type is composed principally of Sugar maple, yellow birch and beech. The type tends to be located on the better sites, often located at middle elevations. Sugar maple is by far the most common species. This is the largest single forest type on the Forest and comprises 50% (42,555 acres) of the total ownership acreage, and is the most valuable forest type on the Forest.
The Mixed Hardwood type’s primary tree species is red maple with birch, sugar maple, and spruce/fir, in approximately equal volumes make up most of the balance of the species composition. The Mixed Hardwood type is the second largest forest type, representing 27,213 acres, or 32% of the property. The type is generally found on the lower elevations and lower slopes of the property.
The Spruce/Fir type is comprised of both plantation and natural stands. This forest type makes up 8% of the property (6,576 acres) and has comprised an average of 8% of the total annual volume harvested between 1982 and 1997. When viewed in totality the type contains both softwood and hardwood species. Spruce and Fir represent 52% of the BA, hardwoods (red maple being a principle species) account for 38% of the BA with the remaining 10% consisting of other softwoods (white pine, red pine, cedar and tamarack).