Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest Article

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Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest
Map showing the location of Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest
Map showing the location of Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest
Location in Massachusetts
Location Hawley, Plainfield, Savoy, Franklin, Hampshire, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States
Coordinates 42°33′6.4″N 72°56′26.9″W / 42.551778°N 72.940806°W / 42.551778; -72.940806
KENNETH DUBUQUE MEMORIAL STATE FOREST Latitude and Longitude:

42°33′6.4″N 72°56′26.9″W / 42.551778°N 72.940806°W / 42.551778; -72.940806
Area7,405 acres (29.97 km2) [1]
Elevation1,604 ft (489 m) [2]
EstablishedUnspecified
Operator Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Website Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest

Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest is a Massachusetts state forest in the northern Berkshire Hills in the towns of Hawley, Plainfield, and Savoy. The forest is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). In 1985, the forest was named in memory of Kenneth M. Dubuque, a former employee of the Department of Environmental Management. [3]

Activities and amenities

  • Trails: Some 35 miles (56 km) of trails are designated for mixed use including horseback riding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. In addition, there are 6 miles (9.7 km) of hiking trails and a one-mile interpretive trail encircling Hallockville Pond. Two small shelters may be found along the trails.
  • Artifacts: Historical artifacts in the forest include cellar holes of abandoned South Hawley village, an unusual beehive-shaped fieldstone charcoal kiln, and the remains of a mill complex at Hallockville Pond. [4]
  • The forest also features wilderness camping, canoeing, fishing, and restricted hunting.
  • The Massachusetts Student Conservation AssociationAmeriCorps program is headquartered at Hallockville Pond.

The effects of Hurricane Irene resulted in the forest's closure in 2011. As of 2014, road conditions were deemed to be safe for travel "in most areas." [4]

See also

References

  1. ^ "2012 Acreage Listing" (PDF). Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  2. ^ "Hallockville Pond". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ Massachusetts (October 4, 1985). "Chapter 346. An Act Designating a Certain State Forest on Both Sides of State Highway Route 8a in the Towns of Hawley and Plainfield as the Kenneth M. Dubuque Memorial State Forest" (PDF). Acts, 1985. The State Library of Massachusetts. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved August 12, 2013.

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