Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest Records

Held by the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, F. Franklin Moon Library, Terence J. Hoverter College Archives and Special Collections

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Overview of the Records

Repository:

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, F. Franklin Moon Library, Terence J. Hoverter College Archives and Special Collections

Summary:
The Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest was established in 1927 in the Adirondack Mountains five miles north of Warrensburg (Warren County), N.Y. The forest was named after Charles Lathrop Pack, a wealthy Adirondack landowner who donated land to the New York State College of Forestry, Syracuse, N.Y. These records include brochures, booklets, maps, and reports related to the creation and operations of the Demonstration Forest. There also are publications by and about Charles Lathrop Pack and publications about the Demonstration Forest by various authors.
Creator:
New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University
Title:
Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest records
Quantity:
0.4 cu. ft. textual records
Inclusive Dates:
1927-1989
Series Number:
CESF_PackDemonstrationForest
Sponsor:
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Arrangement

There is no apparent arrangement scheme.

Administrative History

The Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest was established in 1927 in the Adirondack Mountains five miles north of Warrensburg (Warren County), N.Y. The 2,500-acre forest was named after Charles Lathrop Pack, a wealthy Adirondack landowner who donated land to the New York State College of Forestry, Syracuse University [now a part of the State University of New York system and known as the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY CESF)] for the Cranberry Lake (Saint Lawrence County), N.Y. and Warrensburg campuses. The Pack Forestry Trust was established by Charles Lathrop Pack and was founded to acquire tracts of land for use in the forestry programs of Yale University, Syracuse University, University of Michigan, and Cornell University. When the forestry program at Syracuse University closed, the 2,500-acre parcel of woodland was given to SUNY CESF and currently is used as a site for the study of forestry and forest management. The Cranberry Lake campus and biological station operated by SUNY CESF is located within the Pack Demonstration Forest. There, studies are conducted on forest fertilization and the effects of acidic soils on Adirondack forests. Presently, the Pack Demonstration Forest is the site of North America's longest, continuously running forest fertilization studies program. Throughout the summer season, the Department of Environmental Conservation uses the forest's campus facilities and property to host a series of children's environmental education camps. Charles Lathrop Pack died in 1937 and he was buried beneath a boulder in the Pack Demonstration Forest at Warrensburg.

Scope and Content Note

These records include brochures, booklets ("The Pack Organizations" and "Town Forests"), maps, and reports (Foster's "Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest") related to the creation and operations of the Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest. The material highlights research activities, timber measurements, and forest management objectives of the forest. One booklet (box 1, folder 2), prepared by the New York State College of Forestry and submitted to the Sub-committee on Commerce and Economic Development of the New York State Legislature Committee on Interstate Development, was created in the course of the school's effort to prevent the cutting of state-owned old growth white pine trees for the sake of Northway construction. Other subjects include the treatment of forests over time (Pack's "The Forestry Primer"); the recreational and economic value of forests ("Town Forests"); recommendations for how to establish and maintain forests; and the operations of the Demonstration Forest (New York State College of Forestry's "Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest"). There also are publications by and about Charles Lathrop Pack (A.N. Pack's "From This Seed") and publications about the Demonstration Forest by other authors (Ayres' "Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest"; Foster and Kirkland's "The Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest Warrensburg, N. Y.: Results of Twenty Years of Intensive Forest Management").

Related Information

and the manuscript of Charles Lathrop Pack's biography (and its accompanying index and oral histories) by Alexandra Eyle, SUNY ESF, Syracuse, N.Y.

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Custodial History

The material was received by administrative office(s) transfer circa 1977.

Processing Information

This collection was re-housed and its description was enhanced as a part of the New York State Archives Environmental History Virtual Research Collection Project, 2004. The National Endowment for the Humanities provided funding for this project.

Access Terms

Personal Name(s):

Pack, Charles Lathrop, 1857-1937

Pack, Arthur Newton, 1893-

Foster, Clifford H.

Kirkland, Burt P.

Corporate Name(s):

Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest

New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University

American Tree Association

State University College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University

Subject(s):

Forestry schools and education

Forests and forestry

Detailed Description

Note: These records are held by the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, F. Franklin Moon Library, Terence J. Hoverter College Archives and Special Collections

Dates Contents Box Folder
circa 1900-1999 Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest Collection Pamphlets 1 1
1948 Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest booklet to the Sub-committee on Commerce and Economic Development of the New York State Legislature Committee on Interstate Development (2 copies). 1 2
1928 "The Forestry Primer," by Charles Lathrop Pack as president of the American Tree Association (3 copies) 1 3
1940 Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest booklets: "The Pack Organizations" and "Town Forests" 1 4
1937 Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forestry Foundation publications "Centralized Management and Utilization Adapted to Farm"???and "The Forest Poetic" 1 5
summer, 1937 Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest booklets for self-guided tour of nature trails at the Demonstration Forest 1 6
undated Carbon copy of a manuscript authored by C.L. Foster; has an inclusive list of tree species found in the Demonstration Forest 1 7
undated "Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest," by Philip W. Ayres (3 items) 1 8
undated "Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest," mimeographed report authored by C.L. Foster (3 copies); holds statistical analyses 1 9
1940 Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest economic increment charts for eastern hemlock, sugar maple, and white pine tree species 1 10
undated Charles Lathrop Pack biography: "From This Seed" by Arthur N. Pack (partial manuscript) (cont'd with Ghost Ranch, published 1979) 1 11
1933 "Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest," published by New York State College of Forestry; describes the forest's operations 1 12
1940 "The Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest" pamphlets & maps (2 copies) 1 13
1989 Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest, Warrensburg Pack grave stone Eyle, N 1989 1 14
1927 "Show of Windows on Forestry; Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest" 1 15
1927 "The Lifeblood of Trees" by Tom Gill article from "Nature Magazine," March, 1927, pp 177- 181 1 16
1949 "The Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest Warrensburg, N. Y.: Results of Twenty Years of Intensive Forest Management," by Clifford H. Foster and Burt P. Kirkland for the Charles Lathrop Pack Forestry Foundation (3 copies) 1
1979 "We Called it Ghost Ranch," by Arthur Newton Pack (1 copy) 1
1934 "The Challenge of Leisure," by Arthur Newton Pack (1 copy) 1