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ROAD CLOSURE UPDATE and HUNTING ACCESS: Floods during the summer months caused serious damage to roads in the Arnot Forest. Repairs are ongoing. The large culvert north of the sugarhouse on Banfield Rd is still washed out and the gate at the sugarhouse remains locked. It will be repaired within a month. Hunters may park at the sign in station or parking lot below the sugarhouse and walk into the forest. The North gate will be left unlocked. Hunters who wish to access the northern section of the forest may sign in at the South gate and drive to the north gate. Please honor all rules and regulations and remember to sign out at the South gate at the conclusion of your hunt. Thank you for your patience.
The Arnot Teaching and Research Forest covers 4,200 acres in central New York, about 15 miles south of Ithaca. The Arnot is owned by Cornell University and managed by the Department of Natural Resources in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). It is the largest actively managed forest owned by Cornell University. The Arnot provides a place for Cornell faculty and students to carry out elements of the three-part mission of CALS: Teaching, Extension, and Research, in service to the citizens of New York.
The forest is primarily comprised of mixed hardwoods over hilly terrain. It also contains a small number of open fields, several ponds, Banfield Creek and numerous smaller streams. The Arnot is home to one of two maple syrup research facilities operated by the Cornell Maple Program.
Cornell’s long history of ground-breaking research in the field of forestry dates back to the late 19th century with the founding of the nation’s first college of forestry in 1898. This document provides a synopsis of forestry related activities through 1950. The author, Ralph Hosmer, was a Cornell professor and head of the forestry department from 1914 to 1942. Together with a group of contemporaries that included Gifford Pinchot he helped found the US Forest Service. A momument dedicated to Hosmer’s memory is maintained near Banfield Road in the Arnot Forest.
Research Update: Forest Regeneration at the Arnot Forest
The combined pressures of deer browse, introduced diseases and other factors have hindered the regeneration of forests with desirable species composition and healthy ecological function. At the Arnot, recent attempts to regenerate healthy forests have been obstructed by competition from diseased beech thickets, striped maple and other undesirable species. To address this problem, Cornell researchers have begun testing the feasibility of methods to control diseased beech and enclose regeneration sites in a protective barrier of woody debris. To learn more, visit: cornellforestconnect.ning.com
Arnot Teaching and Research Forest
611 County Route 13
Van Etten, NY 14889