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This is a Swamp White Oak tree [pic 1], a species of oak found in wetter areas of New York. The forest community represented here is the Perched Swamp White Oak swamp [pic 2] and the Swamp White Oak tree helps to characterize this special community. This type of forest wetland is created when a shallow depression at the top the hill is underlain by an impermeable layer so that it retains water, creating seasonal swamp conditions. This swamp is one of the reasons that the South Hill Natural Area has been designated as a Unique Natural Area of Tompkins County.