by Ken Davidson
Few people realize the value of Gibson Woods in Hessville. The 131 acre property which sits amid railroad and oil properties on Hessville’s northwest corner is as close as any of us will get to viewing the region as it was before development. The area has remained largely untouched for 4,000 years and is the among the largest tracts of untouched land remaining. Gibson Woods is perhaps best known worldwide for its diverse variety of plants including some that are endangered. The park features 3 hiking trails which are popular with bird and plant enthusiasts.
Preservation of the diverse plant life is now cause for modern machinery to visit the premises. Large scale equipment for the removal of trees can be seen from the park entrance. Numerous trucks are on hand as well. This is all due to a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate invasive species and foster the growth of natural habitat.