Wetlands, mix of oaks, maples, hickories, birches, hemlock and pine
Woodhaven is a gently undulating area with a complex mix of uplands and wetlands. Early CLT records provide a brief description of the property:
“The land is wet but water does not stand on it all times of the year. A number of fairly large cedars border the road, but most of the area is occupied by small maples, birches, and other hardwoods. If left alone, it will probably grow into a typical hardwood forest.” - Bert Cran, 1980s
The prediction has, at least partially, come true. The property still contains many wet areas. But the stream channels that weave through the parcel look like they’ve probably been scoured (eroded) by changes in water flow that result from upstream roads, driveways, and other impervious surfaces common to residential development.
Sedimentation (road sand and gravelly material) has also ended up in many of the stream
channel areas. Over time, both erosion and sedimentation can have negative affects on water quality and stream health.
But today’s wooded conditions on the Woodhaven Preserve are not exactly “typical”. For a property of its size, there is a remarkable diversity of tree species. Oaks, maples, hickories, birches, hemlock, and pine. Many of the species have at least a few relatively large specimens.
CLT was also instrumental in saving a large white oak, on an adjacent lot, that was planned for removal when the subdivision was being built. Nearly 45 years later the tree still stands.
The Woodhaven Preserve is open to the public for exploration, but there are no trails, so explore at your own risk. To get there, look for a wooded area on the north side of Payne Drive, just west of the intersection with Redstone Drive. An old CLT sign is posted along the road, in the middle of the property.