Meegan Czop, Great Lakes Yard

Meegan Czop Headshot credit Melinda Meyers

“The Great Lakes region is a massive, invisible warehouse full of gorgeous materials. We mowed down our white pine and hemlock forests and built entire railroads to move our maple, birch, ash, basswood, and elm. This is what was used to build the industrial infrastructure of our region and what holds up the houses we live in. These forests were used to create the first permanent structures ever built on this land, and their bones are old and powerful and solid and beautiful. The materials used to construct our towns tell both a human and environmental history––it’s written in the steam powered cuts in our lumber, the straight grain of trees that once competed for sunlight, the lumber stamps that can be traced back to the forests of Michigan and Wisconsin, the centuries-old sap that’s still thick in the center of a beam that was milled before automobiles existed. We owe this history a better fate than the landfill.” – Meegan Czop, Founder of Great Lakes Yard