Williams Woods may be the best remaining mature valley clayplain forest in the Champlain Valley. This forest type is composed of white oak, red oak, red maple, white pine, shagbark hickory and white ash. Associated species include hemlock, sugar maple, beech and bur oak. Although this forest type once covered thousands of acres in the Champlain Valley, woodlands like these are now rare.
Recently we named the 1 mile trail at William Woods the "Hamilton Trail," after our long serving trustee, Dr. Lawrence S. Hamilton, who passed in the fall of 2016. His contributions to the conservation arena are too many to list but his impact as a professor, writer, nature advocate, community member and friend made an indelible impact both locally and globally.
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
Williams Woods is an excellent example of valley clayplain forest.
What the Conservancy is Doing
We hope to protect and restore other clayplain forests in the Lake Champlain region. The Conservancy’s stewardship team is controlling invasive plant species and maintaining the trail at Williams Woods.