Bucktooth State Forest

History along the Finger Lakes Trail

Bucktooth State Forest

Salamanca, New York 14779, United States

Created By: Diane Lebo Wallace


Old forestry records show that the 2,248-acre Bucktooth State Forest featured timber when the state purchased the property, unlike most old farms purchased during that era. Stands appear to be even aged so most of this forest was cleared at some time. Later inspection showed that many of these mature stands appeared to have been "high graded." High grading is selective cutting that removes the best trees and leaves the rest of the poorer quality stems to grow. Evidence of what may have been a small logging camp was found which suggests that much of this area was subject to this type of cutting in the past. An older stand near Bailey Hollow has been retained and still shows the result of this type of cutting. Most of these types of stands have either been blown down and salvaged or been clear cut and regenerated. Due to the rocky nature of the soils on this property only a few areas appear to have been plowed.

In the 1930s Bucktooth State Forest was the site of many work projects carried out by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC, established by the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, provided employment opportunities for young men during the depression. CCC projects included the construction of roads and the planting of thousands of pine, larch and spruce trees in the open areas on the property.

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This point of interest is part of the tour: History along the Finger Lakes Trail


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