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Ringwood Natural Area

This site is noted for its complex, rolling glacial topography, with steep slopes, dry ridge tops, deep kettle holes, vernal ponds, and wetlands. Kame-moraine landscape is rarely found at so high an elevation. The upland vegetation is largely maple-beech forest, with smaller areas of oak-hickory forest. A large part of the forest has not been logged for 130 years. Because many of the trees are more than 150 years old, it is considered old-growth. However, there was some salvage of chestnut in the 1920s, and on the upper slopes, old American chestnut (Castanea dentata) stumps and spround can still be found.

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