after the farming industry abandoned the region, regrowth flourished that now characterizes the area.

Trucks carrying logs from the surrounding woods arrive at Crownover. Around 20 of these trucks come by each day to drop off wood. McArthur, Ohio.
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Crownover Lumber

Sustainable Logging

Crownover Lumber is located in McArthur Ohio near Lake Hope. It has been operating since 1954 and has seen many owners and many advances since its opening. Crownover Lumber orchestrates the chopping and shipping of the trees to their facility, and…


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Wayne National Forest

Land Stewardship and Conservation

Over the past century or so, an ambitious undertaking has been ongoing in Athens and surrounding counties: the Wayne National Forest. The only National Forest in Ohio, the Wayne was begun following the United States’ government realizatio…