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The highlight of the Gosnell Big Woods Preserve is the awesome old growth “Big Woods” parcel. Experts estimate that the oak, hickory and hemlock trees in these woods are as much as 350 years old, and many have grown to a girth of several feet around, their gnarled roots and well-textured trunks standing in stunning contrast to the younger trees that we see in our neighborhoods. The Gosnells recognized decades ago that these woods were a rare jewel in this region, so they maintained them with as little interference in their natural growth as possible, clearing away poison ivy and keeping paths free of debris, but leaving the understory and the trees themselves to flourish as they might.