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Lillibridge Trails Cache Pfeiffer Nature Center
This is a multi-cache of four waypoints, with educational material and coordinates for next cache, and the ammo box final cache with FTF package for first to find. The difficulty levels are for the number of stops and elevation changes in second half of round trip.
Please stay on trails until withen 50 feet of cache as this is a natural site with minimal human disruption desired. There is a variety of wildlife to be seen including deer and bear. Also keep an eye open for evidence of lightning strikes and storm damage showing the power of nature.
Start: Entrance to Chestnut Trail, south side of open meadow
Pfeiffer Nature Center is a border area between forests classified as Northern Hardwood and Mixed Appalachian. Northern hardwood forest typically contains Oaks, Ash, Beech, Maples, Hemlocks, and Pines.
This forest section is approximately 100-200 year in age.
The trail is lined with American Beech and Witch Hazel, the early species that populate the early succession stages of a Northern Hardwood forest.
You can easily identify the American Beech and Witch Hazel by their bark.
The dynamics of this Northern Hardwood forest have changed between the 1st and 2nd cache. Notice the different species trees, less American Beech, Witch Hazel, more Northern Red and White Oak, Tree trunks of larger diameter. Less abundant underbrush. Tree stumps are evidence that this forest was originally logged out by man. This forest section has trees up to and older than 200 years old.
Cache 3: Rough honed benches are located at this stop and rest near tree covered with Colt’s Foot Shelf (year round) Fungi; site excellent to see evidence of the old growth forest and it’s abundant and diverse populations of fungi, mushrooms, lichens, mosses, and ferns.
Cache 4: This location is 2406 feet in elevation and is located on the top of the Pfeiffer Nature Center Ridge. 80% of New York State forests are made up of 12 common tree species: Red Maple, Sugar Maple, Hemlock, White Pine, White Ash, Beech, Red Oak, Black Cherry, Aspen, Yellow Birch, and Basswood. Pfeiffer Nature Center also has White Oak, Cucumber Magnolia, Black Gum, Black Oak, Yellow Poplar, and American Chestnut.
You have concluded a walk through one of the oldest known forests in Western New York. The section of the forest you have walked has trees between 200 and 500 years old.
Final Cache: Top of Pinkster Trail. Nearby is a spot to rest with an excellent view of valley. The co-ordinates for the view are 42 deg 05.678N 078 deg 19.472W
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum