An old-growth forest (also sometimes called a primary forest or late seral forest) is a forest that has attained great age without significant disturbance and therefore exhibits unique ecological features. Old-growth forests are often biologically diverse and provide a home to many different types of plants and wildlife.
Niskayuna has some old growth trees, most notably in the Lisha Kill Preserve on Rosendale Road. The Lisha Kill offers a rare example of an old growth forest in a developed area. Some of the trees, namely the Eastern White Pine and Eastern Hemlock, are estimated to be well over 200 years old. More information about the Lisha Kill Preserve can be found here.
If you think you have an old growth tree, and would like a member of the Tree Council to look at it, please contact us.