Route 8 New York lands with open fields, hardwoods, spruce-fir forest and trout stream: Gently rolling terrain is characteristic of lands such as these within the southwest quadrant of the Adirondack State Park. The hills and dales of this parcel were cleared and farmed long ago. As farming declined, cropland turned into pasture, and pasture gradually reverted back to forest. Scotch pine was planted on roughly 18 acres of the property where sandy soils prevail. Native red spruce and balsam fir forest occupies ~124 acres, with the remaining 81 acres found in abandoned fields and pasture. Pockets of northern hardwoods are found interspersed throughout the softwoods, with predominant species being: black cherry, hard & soft maple, yellow birch, beech and ash. The clear and cold waters of Fox Brook, a class A trout stream, traverse the northern portion of the parcel from east to west, on their way to Hinckley Reservoir, the major source of water for the City of Utica.
This property is ripe for timber harvesting. A combination of thinning and regeneration cuts would allow the new owner to re-coop some of their upfront costs, as well as prepare the forest for maximum growth potential.
Wildlife enthusiasts would enjoy the increased viewings of their favorite species, as the forage resulting from a harvest would increase immensely. In this 'neck of the woods' it is common to see deer, bear, coyote, fox, turkey, grouse, woodcock, and a variety of waterfowl. The open fields lend themselves to food plots of your favorite crop. Secluded fields to the southeast would also be ideal areas for food plots, where the surrounding forest provides significant cover to the elusive hunter. A low lying area along the northern boundary may be an ideal location to construct a waterfowl/wildlife pond. A new entrance drive provides access to an existing trail that cuts across the parcel towards the far eastern boundary, roughly three-quarters of a mile away.
There is a great opportunity here for a family, group of hunters or outdoor enthusiasts to turn this old 'ag' land with woods, into an outdoor playground, flourishing with wildlife and trees for all to enjoy.