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Lennox Memorial Model Forest

In 2000 the Lennox Memorial Model Forest became the first operational forest in the New York City Watershed Model Forest Program. The completion of this Model Forest marked a realization of the late John A. Lennox’s vision for the property. As the former landowner and first director of 4H Camp Shankitunk, John A. Lennox willed this property to Cornell Cooperative Extension with a mandate to use the property as an outdoor classroom for natural resources education and outreach. The ribbon-cutting for the Lennox Memorial Model Forest symbolized the first step in creating greater outdoor learning opportunities for the residents of New York City's Watersheds. In association with the Delaware County 4-H Camp Shankitunk, the Model Forest Program Partners have helped solidify John A. Lennox's legacy by creating a Model Forest on this central Delaware County property.

Since coming on-line, the Lennox Memorial Model Forest has hosted numerous outdoor events each year for visitors from around the World. It is open year-round, during hours of daylight to any individual or group interested in learning about applied ecology in an outdoor setting. Informational signs are posted next to demonstration areas throughout the forest to explain their purpose. As visitors walk through the forest, they are able to observe and discuss or think about what is before them. By observing demonstrations in this manner, Lennox Memorial Model Forest visitors not only learn about, but also experience how different forest activities can help protect water quality and sustain the viability of rural communities in New York City's watersheds.

The Lennox Memorial Model Forest also supports scientific research and forest health monitoring. Scientists from SUNY-ESF are monitoring forest regeneration and health following a series of silvicultural treatments conducted in 1999. Through a series of fence exclosures, the research team is examining the effects of deer browsing on forest regeneration and health. In addition, scientists are studying the relationship between coarse woody debris and nutrient cycling. In early 2004, researchers at SUNY-ESF completed a 360-degree long-term photo-points project within each experimental compartment for the multi-purposes of research, outreach, and continuing education. The next round of silvicultural prescriptions are scheduled for 2009.

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