The property is comprised of 3 separate and distinct tracts, all within 10 miles of Old Forge, New York in the southwestern Adirondacks. They include: The JP Lewis Tract, The John Brown Tract, and The 3-Lakes Tract. The three tracts that make up the North Lake property are located within the boundaries of the Adirondack Park. The Adirondack Park is the largest state owned park in the United States and encompasses approximately 6 million acres. The subject properties are all in the relatively low mountains and foothills of the southwestern part of the Adirondacks, and out on to the Black River plains. The Tug Hill plateau lies just to the west, and the Mohawk Valley ecotype begins just to the south. While the Tug Hill plateau is distinct and separate, exerting no real influence on the landscape ecology of these tracts, there is some influence from the Mohawk Valley physiography.
The area is drained by three rivers The Black River begins its course to Lake Ontario on the J.P. Lewis tract, and one of its major tributaries (the Moose River) flows along the John Brown tract, while another – The Independence River is fronted by the Three Lakes tract.
The J.P. Lewis Tract has the sharpest topography and is located within some of the higher peaks of the southwestern Adirondacks.
|Property Name||North Lake|
|County||Lewis, Herkimer, Oneida|
|Previous Owner||Great Eastern Timber Co.|
|Dominant Forest Type||100% Northern Hardwood|
|Address||29 Park Street, PO Box 873 Tupper Lake, NY – 12986|
The property is comprised of 3 separate and distinct tracts, all within 10 miles of Old Forge, New York in the southwestern Adirondacks.
J.P. Lewis – The total area of this parcel is +/- 10,862 acres. It is located in the Town of Ohio, Herkimer County, situated some 45 miles north of the City of Utica and 23 miles southeast of Boonville.
John Brown – The parcel is a +/- 8,209 acre tract of land located in the towns of Webb, Herkimer County, and Lyonsdale, Lewis County. The tract is situated 5 miles southwest of the Hamlet of Old Forge.
Three Lakes – The parcel is +/- 3,357 acres and located in the Town of Webb, Herkimer County. The tract is situated 25 miles northeast of Boonville.
The property is former Lyons Falls Pulp and Paper company land. The presently closed mill was located in the town of Lyons Falls, New York and was formerly called Gould Paper Mill. Lyons Falls sold all of the timberland holdings (66,500 acres) to the Hancock Timber Resource Group (HTRG) in 1998. HTRG managed the lands for timber production before selling 44,000 acres to The Nature Conservancy in June of 2002. The North Lake Tract is the remaining HTRG lands that were part of the Lyons Falls P&P ownership. Following the closings of both Lyons Falls P&P and Champion International mill, HTRG managed the property for a broader range of forest products, including hardwood and softwood pulp, tie-pallet logs, sawlogs, and veneer quality stems. Extensive timber harvesting was done in The John Brown Tract and Three Lakes Tract during this tenure (i.e., 1998-2002).
There are four primary forest ecotypes on the property. From lowest to highest elevations these are:
a. Spruce-fir flats: This eco-type is located on the lower elevation flats and is most commonly found adjacent to wetlands, bogs, and bodies of water. The sites are poorly drained and provide ideal habitat for the primary timber resource of Red spruce and Balsam fir that dominate the type. There can be scattered pockets of Red maple, Black cherry, or Yellow birch along the fringes of the type but these sites are not conducive for growing quality stems in the hardwoods. On this ownership these stands have generally been left to grow since the old days of commercial clear-cuts back in the 70’s, and are most often overstocked and suffering mortality.
b. Low & Mid-Slope Type: As the elevations increase from the wetland areas, the soils begin to become better drained and move from Spruce-fir dominated stands to a higher percentage of hardwood. Although many times the stands yet may be dominated by softwood, these stands tend to produce better quality trees than do the flats. Much of the SH and HS on this own falls into this zone, and perhaps the best expression of the type is a mix of Red spruce and Yellow birch with a minor Red maple component.
c. Upland Mid-Slope Hardwood Type: These are the most productive sites found in the southern Adirondack Region. Species composition tends to favor the shade tolerant species of Sugar maple and beech with lesser components of Black cherry, Red maple and Yellow birch. Somewhat unique to this ownership is the steady presence of mature Red spruce that can be found throughout the type. Some of the past cutting has left poor stands, but by and large, the combination of intelligent silviculture and good site quality has left us a quality resource. On high elevations, the shallow, excessively drained soils don’t allow for timber to grow to good quality. It is generally found on the J.P. Lewis tract. These sites are normally dominated by beech and spruce, but because of windthrow disturbance there is also a component of poor quality Yellow birch, Black cherry and Aspen which are the most frequent species to be found on the type.