This part of Meigs County has seen over 150 years of extractive industries. Scars that are - just now - beginning to heal. Some Meigs county residents are looking at more sustainable ways to use the land. One of them is Paul Strauss
Over 40 years ago he left New York City and bought 80 acres near the Meigs County town of Rutland.
Tom Gallant was inspired to write his novel "The Lord God Bird" after he heard about the reported sighting of an Ivory Billed Woodpecker several years ago in an Arkansas forest. Since this majestic species of woodpecker has been presumed to be extinct this news thrilled many bird lovers. Unfortunately, it probably wasn't an Ivory Bill and the birds are likely to be gone forever now.