Black Rock Forest Consortium
The Forest
Usage Policies

The following are basic usage policies for all visitors to the Forest.  Additional guidelines for students and teachers are also available, including a more positive statement of most of these guidelines entitled “A Statement of Environmental Ethics.”

  1. Only authorized vehicles are allowed in the Forest. When working with groups in the forest, keep the number of vehicles to a minimum. This will help preserve the natural quality of Black Rock. Carpool whenever possible and leave nonessential vehicles in the parking lot. When in the Forest, do no more driving than is needed during your visit. Forest Speed Limit – 10 mph.
  2. All ponds and connecting streams (with the exception of Sutherland Pond and Mineral Springs Brook) are part of the water supply for Cornwall and Highland Falls. State and local laws prohibit public use of these waters in any form, i.e., swimming, bathing, boating, fishing, etc. Water from Forest streams should not be used for drinking without proper treatment.
  3. No open fires are allowed at any time.
  4. The Forest is open during daylight hours only. Camping in the forest by the public is not permitted. Minimum impact camping by Consortium groups is permitted only with prior permission of the Black Rock Forest Executive Director or Forest Manager and at designated camping sites.
  5. Hunting and fishing privileges are restricted to members of the Black Rock Fish and Game Club. Hunting is further limited to State of New York deer season only (mid-November through early December).
  6. Please use only trails and gravel roads while traveling through the forest to minimize your impact.
  7. Always bring plastic trash bags on trips; pack out whatever you pack in as well as any other trash you see. This will: (a) prevent degradation of the forest, (b) foster a sense of good citizenry in students, and (c) project an image of respectful forest use for other visitors.
  8. Do not nail, cut, or deface trees. Do not harm any plants or animals.
  9. Request permission in advance from the Forest’s Executive Director or Forest Manager before taking anything from its place in the Forest (i.e., plants, animals, rocks, artifacts, etc.). Educational use should be nonconsumptive and nondestructive. Only the Forest staff is in a position to oversee the total amount of sampling that takes place in the Forest.
  10. Keep noise to a minimum. In addition to preserving the natural quality of the Forest, this will increase the chances of seeing wildlife.
  11. Students are prohibited from having potentially dangerous equipment in their possession (example: knives, hatchets).
  12. Many studies and scientific experiments are being conducted in the Forest. Please do not disturb any equipment or objects marked with tags. Keep classes out of known study areas.
  13. Mountain bikes and horses must stay on gravel roads only. They are not allowed on trails.
  14. All pets must be kept on a leash or otherwise restrained.
  15. Assist other forest visitors with both orientation and Forest use rules (i.e., no biking on trails, no fires, etc.) whenever appropriate.
  16. All students and staff participating in programs at Black Rock Forest are expected to follow their institution’s policies on alcohol and drug use and abuse.