The landscape of the Reserve, with its pattern of field, forest, and shoreline, has a quiet kind of beauty all its own. Part of this beauty lies in the diversity of its land forms, and vegetation. Within the boundaries of the 17,400-acre Reserve there are five distinctive character areas which together comprise the natural landscape. Overlaying each of these are the tangible reminders of man's presence upon the land.
Did You Know?
The prairies, with their rich soil, were the first areas of the Reserve to be farmed, first by Native Americans, and later, by European-american settlers who moved onto the lands. The pioneers cleared the higher ground and tried to farm it, but found the soils poor and allowed the forests to return.