The Cattaraugus Area Historical Society provided the lumber camp photograph. Trees in the county provided the lumber to be sold or used for the early settlers income. Many area townships relied on the forests as a natural resource to provide a good living. After the trees were cut into lumber there was a mass of slab wood lef tover. The bark wascut from the tree creating this slab wood. This by-product of the lumbering industry provided the fuel to tan hides throughout Cattaraugus County. Many townships built tanneries that provided leather for shoes and amultitude of other uses. The important fuel to get this done was provided by the slab wood, just a by-product of the lumbering industry.