Before your very eyes an endless struggle is taking place. Trees are striving here for the essentials of life - water, sunlight and space. Trying to get ahead, the hardwoods push upward, their crowns filling out all the overhead space, shutting out sunlight from young seedlings. Like their elders, this younger generation also has to fight for survival. The competition is keen and the hardwoods are winning over the pines. A 15 minute walk along this trail will take you from a mixed hardwood-pine forest (the loser) to a mixed hardwood forest (the winner).