John A. Lennox Memorial Forestry Project

The Lennox Memorial Forest has been a great location to host many workshops on forest management, wildlife, and water quality.  The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) located in Syracuse, NY also use the forest to conduct forest management research and makes recommendations to our forester on needed silvacultural treatments.  Lennox is not only used by adults in the community, but it is also still used by the 4-H Camp Shankitunk for hiking and a camping location during the summer while camp is running.  The Lennox Memorial Forest has provided many different opportunities for various groups throughout NY State to learn more about forestry and nature.  Now groups will be able to learn more through the set up of the experimental blocks designed within Lennox Model Forest, an 80 acre block within Lennox Memorial Forest, to demonstrate different forest management practices.  These blocks are a great way to show and teach people how to keep their forests in good conditions.  Just one more way that Lennox Memorial Forest is used to teach.

TIME LINE

1922 – John A. Lennox was Hired
1927 – Camp Shankitunk opened.  Property owned by John D. Clarke
1952 – Tom Dent bought the property
1969 – Camp purchased from Tom Dent by Delaware County
1987 – John A. Lennox died at 91 years of age and left his estate to 4-H. A condition of the will said that upon designation of approximately 144 acres of county-owned forest property as the John A. Lennox Memorial Forest, income from the estate would be used to establish and maintain the forest as an education project.
1998 – Lennox Model Forest was established.  This designated approximately 80 acres of the Lennox Memorial Forest as a Watershed Model Forest.  Currently there are 14 experimental blocks that demonstrate different forest management practices.
2006 – An agreement was reached between the Watershed Agricultural Council and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County regarding the management of the Lennox Model Forest.

 

KEY YO MANAGEMENT PLAN (Below)

  • Shelterwood 1 – 6.2 acres
  • Shelterwood 2 – 5.6 acres
  • High Grade – 3.7 acres
  • Diametral Limit – 3.1 acres
  • Mixedwood Regeneration Cuts – 9.7 acres
  • Wildlife 1 – 10.9 acres
  • Wildlife 2 – 4.7 acres
  • Hazard Tree Demo – 1.9 acres
  • Crop Tree – 5.2 acres
  • Crown Thinning 1 – 4.1 acres
  • Crown Thinning 2 – 11.6 acres
  • Group Selection – 2.9 acres
  • Control 1 – 2.4 acres
  • Control 2 – 4.3 acres
  • Thin Harvest – 4.3 acres
  • Unmanaged – 8.2 acres
  • High Grade 2 – 13.2 acres
  • Lookout – 15.5 acres
  • Quarry – 1.8 acres
  • Kiosk/Landing – 1.1 acres
  • Leftover – 3.2 acres
  • Hemlock/Hardwood – 8.0 acres
  • 4-H Camp & Facilities – 8.1 acres
  • Unmanaged – 5.1 acres
  • Grand Total – 144.81 acres

LINKS & RESOURCES

Contact
John Hannum
4-H Team Leader 
[email protected]
(607) 865-6531