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The varied topography is reflected in the diverse vegetation. On the flat-topped dry knoll and upper slopes there is undisturbed old growth forest dominated by large oaks. There are more black oaks (Quercus velutina) than you might expect, but white and red oaks (Q. alba and Q. rubra), pignut and shagbark hickories (Carya glabra and C. ovata), and white pine (Pinus strobus) are also abundant.

Red and sugar maples (Acer rubrum and A. saccharum), beech (Fagus grandifolia), and hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) are common on the north-facing slopes. Sugar maple, basswood (Tilia americana), white ash (Fraxinus americana), and bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis) are found in the forest along the creek, on the north end of the parcel, and also near the seepy, marshy areas at the south end.

On the former golf course fairways, at the southern end of the property, is a young forest where white pine and red maple are dominant. There are several scattered low wet pockets with skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) and other wetland species.

The small marsh dominated by shrubs and cattails (Typha) on the south side of the A-lot parking area exhibits typical wetland trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants. Sedges (Carex) are abundant. Much of the open area north of the parking lot is mowed lawn, but a low area is cattail-dominated marsh.