RICKETTS — It’s not hard to notice the difference as you make your way into an old-growth forest, especially if you’re a routine visitor to Penn’s Woods.

Given the fact much of the commonwealth’s forests were logged during the boom of more a century ago, few tracts of old-growth forest are left. We, however, are fortunate that several are within a short drive of just about anywhere you may reading this from.

Chris Brady is managing editor at The Standard-Journal and can be reached at chris@standard-journal.com.

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