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Spring Beauty (Claytonia caroliniana). By Memorial Day Weekend there are few traces of this delicate spring ephemeral.

Trout Lily (Erythonuim americanum)

Trout Lily (Erythonuim americanum), another spring ephemeral that is conspicuous in the early spring, but largely disappears by summer.


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Though Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station was only established in 2008, the vision of the property as a research station dates back to the 1960’s when it was managed as a research forest by Syracuse University. Forestry research on the property dates back to the early 20th century.

The Preserve is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization accredited by the New York State Department of Education. Day-to-day operations of Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station are the responsibility of the Project Manager. Research and education at the Preserve is approved and directed by the Scientific Advisory Committee.

Grass Pink

Grass Pinks (Calopogon tuberosus), July 2010, in a fen located in the southern area of the Preserve. This species is listed as "exploitably vulnerable" in New York State

Project Manager

Stephen Langdon has 20 years of experience working in conservation with government and private organizations in the Adirondacks. He has a Bachelors of Science in Ecology and a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and is currently a graduate student at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. Steve is currently researching the effects of wind disturbances on the flora of lowland boreal plant communities in the Adirondacks. Past research has ranged from wilderness recreation to aquatic invasive plants.

Special Advisor

Dr. Ross Whaley is emeritus president and professor of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He has served as a consultant to or member of several state, national, and international commissions devoted to natural resource and environmental issues. In recognition of these activities he has been awarded the Pinchot Medallion by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation, the Professional Conservationist Award by the New York Conservation Council, the Heiberg Memorial Award by the New York Forest Owners Association, and Honor Alumnus of Colorado State University.

Scientific Advisory Commitee

The scientific integrity of the research and educational activities that occur on the site are guided by the advice of the SSPRS Scientific Advisory Committee ("SAC"). Members of the SAC include:

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors oversees the activities of the Preserve. The current directors are James Townsend (President), William Porter, Jeff Potter, Judson Potter, Justin Potter, Curtis Read and Ross Whaley.


The Preserve has partnered with various Adirondack research and educational institutions: