The almost unbroken deciduous forest of Indiana of a century ago has been reduced to isolated patches, and few of the remaining timbered areas may truly be termed virgin forest. These small tracts of undisturbed forest are thus of great ecological importance. One such small area of undisturbed forest is owned by Mr. August Mauntel, six miles southwest of Holland in Dubois county. Mr. Mauntel is an old settler in Dubois county and has seen the region develop from forest primeval to a busy agricultural community. He says that the area in question has been disturbed very little by cultural influences.