Hardwoods predominate on the steeper slopes of the Piedmont Region of the Blue Ridge Mountains that form the northern and western borders of our farm. We manage the health of these woods, selectively cutting mature hardwoods before they become diseased, thereby opening small patches of sunlight on the forest floor. These small glens then provide the browse required to sustain the deer and other wildlife and are part of a balanced ecosystem. Planted softwoods predominate the steep banks along the riparian ways, helping the ecosystem to recover where past excesses in lumbering and grazing left soils exposed. These areas are now protected early-growth forests, providing wildlife with cover through which to travel throughout the farm.