The Domain is home to a diverse array of tree species that provide multiple ecological benefits. Historically, we have used the Domain as not only a teaching laboratory and recreation facility, but also as a source of raw materials (wood, stone, coal, water, forage, meat) for the University. Students at Sewanee have ample opportunities to not only study the effects of past land uses on our forest, but to implement small-scale management projects (using archeological preservation, insect control, watershed management, fire, exotic removal) and to examine the effects of these actions.
As one moves from the top of the plateau into our coves, the interconnection among the geologic formations, soils, water movement, and the vegetation is vital to understand. An understanding of forestry and geology combined with a background in the other natural sciences is important for grasping the underlying relationships that make our natural world function.