Environmental Management Division - Natural and Cultural Resources
Cultural Resources: Two potential historic period archaeological sites have been identified within Fort Hamilton:
- A cistern or well found during construction
- A possible filled in cellar hole
The area surrounding the legal office and in the lawn west of the legal office also was considered an historic period archaeological site (New York State Historic Preservation Office (NYSHPO) Site A047-01-0423). Recent archaeological investigations and architectural evaluations have determined that this location is not a significant historic period archaeological site (Schieppati et al. 1998b).
The presence of prehistoric sites within the fort has not been verified. The contact-period Native American village of Nyack is reported to have been within the fort in addition to other undocumented prehistoric or contact period sites. These include:
- A cache of stone or flint blades
- A shell bed
- "Traces of occupation"
These sites have not been encountered by previous archaeological inventories, possibly due to the amount and depth of fill at the fort. Three of the installation's structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).
Natural Resources: Canadian geese are found at US Army Garrison Fort Hamilton. According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources, the Canadian geese are a valuable natural resource.
All Canadian geese are protected by Federal and State laws and regulations.