Black Rock Forest Cornwall
Black Rock Forest
Black Rock Forest is in the
western Hudson Highlands in Orange County,
New York. It is a privately owned 3,830
nature preserve. A large part of the forest
is in Cornwall. It is being managed by the
Black Rock Forest Consortium for scientific,
educational and recreational purposes.
Black Rock Forest was first established in
1928 by one of the local residents. Until
1989, it was under
the ownership of Harvard
University. When the Consortium took over, a
lot of developments were made in the area.
Sustainable, environment-friendly buildings
were constructed in the forest, and they
housed classrooms, laboratories and guest
facilities. These improvements have been
very helpful in advancing research in Black
The land is rich with biological resources.
Botanists have found many distinct
communities of plants
in Black Rock Forest
including 60 species of trees including red
oaks, maple, chestnut, beech, alder,
sweetgum, basswood, black birch and hickory.
The forest is also home to swollen
bladderoot and the Virginia snakeroot, which
are very rare and endangered species of
Animal life also abounds in the Forest. Like
most woodlands in the Eastern United States,
the most abundant mammal in Black Forest
Rock is the white-tailed deer. Other animals
include foxes, skunks, raccoons, chipmunks,
voles and squirrels.