Niagara Issues - Scoville's Knoll
P. M. Eckel
Res Botanica
Missouri Botanical Garden

http://www.mobot.org/plantscience/ResBot/niag/
March 8, 2003

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Niagara Issues - Scoville's Knoll

 

This knoll feature (now called "Oak Hill") appears on topographic maps, especially before the 1950's as a natural elevation of indurated bedrock. It supports an interesting forest of mature Oaks and Hickories on its western face. These images show the western face (facing Ontario and the river). The treeless, snow-covered slope is that of the spoil area and the suture between the knoll and spoil area is where the two slopes meet. At the summit of the knoll is a stone fence that most likely derives from an old farmhouse perhaps built by the Scoville mentioned in George Clinton's journal from the 1860's (see web site for mentions of Lewiston in this journal). Although the back of the knoll, the side facing east, is mostly a forest growth of the weedy Acer negundo (Box Elder) and other invasive species, the western face seems to give a good representation of its aboriginal forest cover, the species assemblages matching those in native areas of the Niagara gorge, such as at Whirlpool woods (DeVeaux Steps near Whirlpool State Park). The knoll is dignified by the site of a burial mound attributable to the aboriginal peoples inhabiting the area.

 

 


 


 


 

 

 

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