Old Growth
NY Map
Lisha Kill Forest Preserve
gateway to an ancient forest
Niskayuna, New York

PHOTO DYarrow 12/1/01

Lisha Kill
Forest Preserve

Rosendale Road
Niskayuna, New York

Second Survey Team Visit
August 31, 2002

Team Leader: David Yarrow
Assistant: Howard Stoner
Data Sheet: LishaKill-ds01

Saturday morning, August 31, four people gathered in the old Niskayuna Grange Hall parking lot on Rosendale Road.

Lisha Kill forest has a balanced mix of species:

Individual trees in Lisha Kill are very old.
Topographic Map
Lisha Kill Preserve
Niskayuna, New York
click to enlarge

Howard Stoner measured the height of a few trees with his homemade clinometer.
Directions to Lisha Kill
from Albany:
  • I-90 west to I-87 (Northway)
  • north to exit 6 (NY 7)
  • west 4.4 miles to Mohawk Road
  • right (north) .7 mile to Rosendale Rd
  • left (west) .8 mile to River Road
  • straight .3 mile to
    Old Niskayuna Grange Hall
    on the left, next to fire station

    from Saratoga:
  • I-87 south to exit 6
  • then west on NY 7 as above
    from Schenectady:
  • Troy-Schenectady Road (NY 7) east to Mohawk Rd
  • turn left (north), then as above
    from the west:
  • I-90 (NYS Thruway) to exit 25
  • I-890 to exit 2 (NY 7 east)
  • NY 7 east to Troy-Schenectady Road, then as above
  • Only one

    Our August survey did not provide much opportunity
    for more information
    Lisha Kill may harbor old growth majesty

    Schenectady Gazette, Nov. 18, 2001

    Counting the forests' senior citizens
    Albany Times Union, Dec. 2, 2001

    There is a good supply of downed trees and woody debris,
    for more information
    on old-growth forests:


    The December outing wasn't a good opportunity to assess wildlife
    Lisha Kill Preserve
    along an ancient highway amid 100 foot trees
    Niskayuna, New York

    PHOTO DYarrow 12/1/01

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