Bear Pond Forest, like most of the Adirondacks, has a decades-long history of logging. Protecting the land as forever-wild is a momentous change its trajectory. Now, the forest may grow old, gaining complexity and diversity along the way. This parcel ranks highly for climate resilience, habitat connectivity, and overall biodiversity.
The waters that flow through the Bear Pond Forest make their way to the Oswegatchie and Black Rivers, continuing on to join the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. With more than 100 acres of wetlands, two miles of streams, and significant water frontage on three ponds, Bear Pond Forest’s protection from further logging will help maintain water quality in the regional watershed.