Forest Happenings

Join us for a Winter Walk with the Director!

Join Executive Director William Schuster on a wonderland hike
followed by Hot Chocolate & Cider at the Director's Home


Date: Saturday, December 16, 2017
Time: 1:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Hike Leader: Dr. William Schuster - Executive Director, Black Rock Forest Consortium 
Enjoy a walk in the woods and indulge in moment in nature during the busy holiday season! Dr. Schuster will examine the strategies that conifers use to survive in a world dominated by broadleaved trees – and help us better understand which ones will fare better in a warming world. This is a family-friendly hike for both adults and children.

What to Bring/Wear: Drinking water and a light lunch or snacks. Comfortable walking shoes. Insect/tick repellent strongly recommended.

Details & Arrival Instructions: The hike is in Black Rock Forest (Cornwall, NY)  An email will be sent to registered participants the week prior to the hike with parking information and arrival details.
Cost $10 pp, free for Friends of the Forest (annual supporters). RSVP required. 
RSVP to Winter Walk
Inquiries, contact Brienne Cliadakis or call 845-534-4517 ext. 11


Hunting Season:




Black Rock Forest will be closed to the public as always during the New York State deer hunting season November 18 through December 10. The Consortium’s forest ecosystem management includes a highly regulated deer hunting program as a tool to keep the deer population within a range that will prevent overbrowsing, allow forest trees to regenerate, and conserve biodiversity in the understory. Our management strategies support native wildlife, including many threatened bird populations that reside in Black Rock Forest year-round or during breeding season.  Our data support the idea that well-managed deer populations are healthier.
Black Rock Fish and Game Club has an exclusive license agreement to hunt deer in Black Rock Forest under guidelines set by the Forest Manager. Hunters are assigned specific areas, must check in and out, and are required to bring harvested deer to the check stations where Consortium staff collect data and monitor this sample of the deer population.
Join us in March/April as we conduct citizen-science volunteer days to do our annual deer pellet survey. The survey lets us estimate deer population size and compare it year to year. For more information on joining this volunteer program:
Contact: Brienne Cliadakis,
Note: For more information on becoming a member and hunting at Black Rock Forest through the Black Rock Fish and Game Club, contact them at: