This Set-Aside Area is 183.6 acres (74.3 ha) and is found within a fourth order reach segment of Upper Three Runs Creek (UTRC). This Set-Aside represents one of seven long-term vegetation study areas on the SRS. The site was named for its use in the Whipple-Good vegetation studies of the early 1980s, and in SREL's stream ecology studies for the DOE-HQ-Ofiice of Health, Environment, and Research (OHER).
This site is representative of black gum-red bay (Nyssa sylvatica-Persea borbonia) forests. These forests are characteristic of mesic sites that flood for only short periods of time; they typically are restricted to protected coves, ravines, and lower-to-middle portions of steep slopes. Within this Set-Aside, such sites occur in the floodplain of UTRC on elevated slopes that seldom flood. On the SRS, any remaining sites representative of this community type are restricted to Upper Three Runs Creek because most other former locations have been impacted by reactor discharges and other management activities. Thus, this Set-Aside is an important reference wetland.