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Old-Growth Forest Program & Dedication of Matson’s Woods

“The forest gods saw fit to see the rare survival of an old-growth woods in the incomparable Matson’s Woods, with dozens of oaks up to 4-1/2 feet in diameter. This is a woodland that challenges anything the original settlers saw centuries ago, and a unique opportunity awaits anyone who visits this singular sylvan setting. If you want to have a unique experience of nature—go here!” - Greg Huber, Lehigh Valley Coordinator, Old-Growth Forest Network.

Join Greg Huber of the Old-Growth Forest Network and Jim Wilson of Northampton County Parks & Recreation for this two-part program on Saturday, September 21. Part 1 is an hour-long illustrated presentation by Greg from 9:00-10:00am on the history and value of old-growth forests in general and Matson’s Woods in particular. His presentation is titled A Rarer Than Rare Woods Right in Our Backyard. Part 1 will be held at Alumni Hall in the Gates Center at the North Entrance to Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem. Part two of the program will include a visit to and official dedication of Matson’s Woods as an oldgrowth forest at Louise Moore Park, just minutes from NCC, immediately following Greg’s presentation. We will meet at the Louise Moore Park Farmhouse, 151 Country Club Road, Easton and walk to Matson’s Woods from there. Greg officially nominated this magnificent seven-acre stand of massive oak trees into the Old-Growth Forest Network in 2014. The OGFN is located in Easton, MD and its mission is to create a network of protected old-growth forests. As part of the 120-acre Louise Moore County Park, Matson’s Wood is protected in perpetuity. To learn more about the OGFN, log onto www.oldgrowthforest.net.

In addition to his interest in old-growth forests, Greg Huber is the principal owner of Past Perspectives and Eastern Barn Consultants, both of which are historic and cultural resource companies based in Macungie. Greg is also a published author on the subject of historic barn and farmhouse architecture. His latest book, published in 2017, The Historic Houses of Southeastern PA—Architecture & Preservation—Built 1750-1900, has been Number 1 on the Amazon Best Seller List more than a dozen times. His book will be available for purchase and signing at the end of Greg’s presentation at NCC.

This program is sponsored by Northampton County Division of Parks & Recreation and is open to the public free-of-charge. However, registration is required. To register, call Jim Wilson at 610/829-6404 or send email to jwilson@northamptoncounty.org