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Branchville in Sussex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Stokes State Forest

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, February 22, 2009
1. Stokes State Forest Marker
Inscription. Governor Edward C. Stokes established the Board of Forest Park Reservations in 1905. The new forestry commission acquired 5,432 acres on Kittatinny Mountain in 1907 to create the E. C. Stokes Reserve.

Stokes State Forest grew to 12,429 acres by 1933 and included camp and picnic sites with stone fireplaces, 50 miles of hiking trails, including the Appalachian Trail, and 30 miles of scenic drives.

The Civilian Conservation Corps made improvements between 1933 and 1942, including construction of Lake Ocquittunk in 1934.

Sidebar: “We are just beginning to realize the importance of our forests and the necessity for their preservation. They not only furnish timber and provide an important industry, but they beautify the country, temper the climate, hold the rainfall, fertilize the soil, furnish game preserves and conserve our water supply, an indispensable feature of our rapidly growing and congested civilization.”
Gov. Stokes, Inaugural Address, Jan. 17, 1905

 
Erected by NJ Division of Parks and Forestry.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
 
Location. 41° 11.129′ N, 74° 47.754′ W. Marker is in
Stokes State Forest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, February 22, 2009
2. Stokes State Forest Marker
Branchville, New Jersey, in Sussex County. Marker is on Coursen Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located in front of the Ranger Station at the entrance to Stokes State Forest. Marker is in this post office area: Branchville NJ 07826, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Layton, New Jersey (approx. 2.6 miles away); Bevans, New Jersey (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Village of Bevans (approx. 3.5 miles away); Branchville, NJ (approx. 3.5 miles away); Sussex Railroad (approx. 3.7 miles away); Hainesville, New Jersey (approx. 4.6 miles away); Dingman's Ferry (approx. 4.7 miles away in Pennsylvania); Wallpack, N.J. (approx. 4.7 miles away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Branchville.
 
More about this marker. The left side of the marker contains a map of The Kittatinny Forest Reservation in 1907. The right of the marker features photographs of “Hewing railroad ties in the Kittatinny Mountain Forest Reserve, 1907. Removing old trees to make room for new growth,” and “Saw Mill in the Kittatinny Mountain Reserve, 1907.” A portrait of Gov. Stokes also appears in the sidebar.
 
Also see . . .  Stokes State Forest. (Submitted on March 7, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Stokes State Forest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, February 22, 2009
3. Stokes State Forest Marker

 
Categories. Natural Resources
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,890 times since then and 110 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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