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 Green Tips by our own family member, Gwen Myers Corbett 

 

 

 

 

Our Green Commitment

 

For several generations, the Myers family has been aware of the need to care about our Earth and her inhabitants, along with the diversity of plants and animals. Carl and Ruth Myers raised their 11 children within the Hocking Hills, along Bremen Road in Logan, Ohio during and after the Great Depression with an understanding of sustainability. With the exception of a few items, most of their food was grown and raised on the family farm. This large family shared a relatively small farmhouse growing up with the surrounding outdoors as an extension of their home.

Myers family draft horse with wagon in front of Bremen Rd homestead

Carl and Ruth Myers &  Family

One of their sons, Bud, a young Lutheran Minister, went on to share his love of agriculture in the underdeveloped country of the Philippines. Bud, along with his wife Marcia, a native Nebraskan farm girl, raised their 3 children in this third world country. With an emphasis in swine production, Bud's main goal was to get the outlying villages to be able to provide themselves with a self sustainable food source. This included  making feed with dried fish from the ocean as opposed to purchasing expensive feed additives from larger cities and building pig pens out of scrap metal from the salvage yards of the American military bases. All that he asked from each village was for them to provide offspring to the next village in order that the sustainability continue.

Bud carrying steel doors salvaged from US military bases in the Philippines.

Construction of swine pens. Notice the salvaged steel doors in the corners.

Although Bud thoroughly enjoyed  sharing his knowledge of agriculture to the local inhabitants, this Myers family was given something very special in return; the gift of learning to not be wasteful. In a country of extreme poverty, we were surrounded daily of examples of ingenuity, re-purposing, and recycling of almost anything imaginable. Although this might not be foreign to Bud, who grew up as a country boy in a large family with meager income, his children certainly were impressionable and returned back to the United States with a better understanding of themselves and of the entire world.

Today, we as a family attempt to do our part in preserving a piece of the natural world around us. We spend a substantial portion of our  lodging revenues on mortgage payments for property which now reaches 600 contiguous acres. Our family's lives are inseparable from our business lives as they both operate simultaneously. As a 21st century business, we strive to find a workable balance along with low volume development, to provide a great place for guests to stay and enjoy, to provide employment, and to preserve nature for the future.

The Bear Run Inn, was "recycled" from an old dilapidated farm house, part of which was a hand hewn log cabin built in the mid 1800's. In addition, all but one of our cabins were built on  sites that already had  home structures upon them at one time.

For family farmers in rural America, recycling has been more than taking cans and plastic to the recycle center. For years, we have reused countless items in countless ways. Some of the biggest examples have been reusing construction materials such as lumber. Throughout the years, after demolishing a structure, we often would salvage lumber and reuse it on the farm.

Although we have offered horse drawn hay and buggy rides for several years, we find ourselves using our horses for more day to day operations, which help reduce carbon emissions  and use less oil, not to mention feed is cheaper than $4.00/gallon gasoline. The horses also get more opportunities for exercise. 

Phil using a team of Belgium's to harrow the family garden

As we look to the future, we always have several projects in the works, whether repairs of buildings and structures to our remodeling of an old farmhouse for our new gift shop, registration, office and housekeeping facility. This project started by reusing an original 1800's log cabin surrounded with room additions throughout the years. We began restoration with an all new foundation. Although we have kept most of the original framework, where we did have to use additional framing lumber, including siding, we harvested our own white pine logs often using draft horses. Furthermore, most of the logs harvested were either dying trees or wind/iced damaged. Stonework used on of the foundation and chimney were all collected on site from the original homestead. Modern insulation and new windows offer tremendous energy savings. Although the main heat source is gas operated, an efficient wood burning stove will be used as often as possible, fueled by an endless supply of firewood found from dead wood on the ground throughout the property.

Phil and his 8 year old Tristan putting up siding cut from our own pine logs.

The team taking a break at the sawmill staging area

In addition to the green commitment to ourselves, we are committed to protecting the natural and built environment in the Hocking Hills region for the enjoyment of the citizens and guests of the region through education, communication, resource management and stewardship as set forth in the Hocking Hills Green Certification criteria. Furthermore, we invite all of our guests to join us in this effort. Thank you.

A forestry expert speaking to a group under a White Oak tree believed to be older than 200 years old.

A typical view towards the Bear Run Inn with one of our ponds in the middle

 

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8260 Bear Run Road, Logan, Ohio 43138

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