"Come look from this eminence of bluff, now in the soft hour before daybreak . . . the island's farm fields are leather and corduroy, rich even panels between black-furred stands of forest. Tan grass . . . whisks soundlessly against a four-wire fence line. Yes, rural America of the last century."
Winter Brothers, 1980
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.