Branchville in Sussex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Stokes State Forest
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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed Natural Resources. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 17, 1905.
Location. 41° 11.129′ N, 74° 47.754′ W. Marker is in Branchville, New Jersey, in Sussex County. Marker is on Coursen Road, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located in front of the Ranger Station at the entrance to Stokes State Forest. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Branchville NJ 07826, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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. 3½ miles away); Branchville, NJ (approx. 3½ 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); Sussex County Public Safety Memorial (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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 Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 7, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,142 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 7, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.