Why You Should Visit
Hitz-Rhodehamel Woods in Brown County is a large, high-quality forest spanning ridge tops, ravines, and upland areas. The preserve features chestnut oak forests on its dry ridges and white oak forests in the steep ravines. In April, the spring wildflowers are vividly strewn throughout, and in mid-October, the autumn colors of the forest are beautiful. Unlike nearby natural areas, you won't have to fight the crowds to experience the best of what nature has to offer.
What the Conservancy is Doing/has Done
This preserve is an important part of the Brown County Hills large forest block. The Conservancy continues to acquire properties in this area to help protect the forest as well as the forest interior birds that depend on it to thrive. Stewards and volunteers have been pulling garlic mustard and Japanese stiltgrass from this site for a number of years. Prescribed fire was recently introduced to this site to perpetuate the fire-dependent oak-hickory forest.