Pam and Fred Koch of Buckingham returned home this week from a two-week trip to Ohio. While there they visited an area named "Dysart Woods" near the town of Belmont. This is a 50-acre tract of old-growth oak forest which is the largest known remnant of the original forest of southeastern Ohio. It contains giant oaks that are well over 400 years old and stand over 140 feet high with a diameter of four feet or more. The woods exists today as an old-growth forest because several generations of the Dysart family kept it in its natural state. The forest formerly enjoyed by only a few, is now available to many, due to an agreement with the Nature Conservancy and Ohio University which has undertaken the responsibility of preserving this remnant, while using it for continuing educational programs and forest ecology research. The woods is recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a National Natural Landmark.. The road leading to "Dysart Woods" is also called "Dysart Road". It's a small world after all, isn't it?