Hikers will have an opportunity to see several ecologically significant features on the newly protected land that is home to populations of declining species including cerulean warblers, Acadian flycatchers, and eleven other state-protected rare species, including several bat species. The land, covered mostly with woods and sedge meadow, is located on both sides of the Kickapoo near the town of Wilton in Monroe County. It is especially significant for its hemlock relict – a moist patch of hemlock forest that is considered an ecological gem unique to this area and extremely rare worldwide. Hemlock trees, some of them 150 to 200 years old, stand above the river, which is flanked by conifer-clad sandstone cliffs, springs, and seeps. In addition to the hemlock relict, the property has alder thickets, springs and marsh, and includes a half-mile frontage on both sides of the river.