My neck of the woods, a tiny town of less than 500 nestled in the hills of southeastern Ohio, an area I've come to call "Upper Appalachia". When I was growing up the town was surrounded by coal company land and Wayne National Forest land. There was always speculation that one day the coal company would sell its wasteland to the national forest, but that never came to pass. I was free to roam this broad expanse of land as a youngster and watched as a near vanished population of deer and other game grew to become quite a population with some of the biggest bucks around. Recently someone did purchase a major part of the old coal company land, 6600 acres was purchased by the state of Ohio with money left them by some benefactor to establish a Wildlife Area. It includes land right up to the edge of my little town, so it will never grow beyond what it is, didn't really expect it too, with the mines and the railroad long gone, it has only gotten smaller over time. I'm in the flatlands of N. Indiana now, and I miss the hills and hollows of back home. It's a beautiful land and it's good to know it will never again be spoiled by strip mines and clearcutting.