The principal habitat feature at the refuge is northern hardwoods with hemlock and white pine. Based on photos this forest was pasture land until the early 20th Century. Since that time, there has been minimal tree harvesting. The largest disturbance was the remnants of a hurricane in 1938 that leveled part of the forest. Current management objectives are to maintain the existing diverse, mature forest, allowing small-scale natural disturbances (e.g. windthrow) to create openings for forest regeneration. No active forest management is planned for this refuge.