Oak-Hickory Forest 1
This Set-Aside Area was one of the original habitat reserves and was selected to represent oak-hickory forest communities found on transitional mesic slopes that merge with floodplain forests. This Area primarily is composed of relatively undisturbed mixed upland and bottomland hardwood communities which are associated with moderate-to-steep slopes that grade down to the coves and floodplain of Mill Creek. Mill Creek is a third-order tributary of Tinker Creek that bisects the Set-Aside. While the majority of this Area is not oak-hickory forest, it still provides interesting research possibilities, as evidenced by the historical research that has been conducted here. This Area also is unique because the Mill Creek Elliptio, a rare freshwater mussel, is known to occur in the Mill Creek drainage.