Re: Logging in Scout Camps
James Taylor (jimt.klahican@WORLDNET.ATT.NET)
Thu, 1 May 1997 09:14:47 -0700
Everett Holm wrote:
> I have seen trees harvested in 2 camps now and the reactions of what you
> describe were similar among alot of Scouters. The first camp was much as
> you described. The council knew they would gain monetary benefit by
> allowing loggers to come in and harvest some nice redwoods. The second camp
> is located on US Forest Service land w/ a special use permit to the council.....Big Snip...
> And yes, I was totally disgusted at the logging when I first saw the
> initial damage and would probably still think the same today. But my
> lessons have also taught me and several others to be patient and see the
> beauty that will rebound in a couple of years.
> Probably not much help today, but wait a couple of years and I think you
> will see the new beauty that will bounce back in your camp.
> Ev Holm
Fifteen years ago our Scout reservation was burned over 25% by a fire that started off
the reservation. Luckily, no buildings were burned and no program areas. The major loss
was timber and natural scrub area. Looked awful. Within 3 years, the area had begun to
regroup and look natural again. Two years ago, an improperly extinguished campfire
flamed up, destroying a campsite, latrine, and ten acres of natural forest including
area around the Nature lodge, and Gilwell Field (Wood Badgers, a moment of silence).
The fire was fast, hot and over quickly. Trees were scorched and seared but not burned
up. Quick action by the Ranger in getting a logging company in to remove the damaged
and soon to die trees, resulted in a $5,000 fund to begin rebuilding. Has he waited to
let the trees die, the loggers would not want them. Those left standing are looking
good now and the area has begun full recovery. There is an excellent teaching
opportunity right in camp for the nature series of merit badges. Last year hurricane
Fran damaged even more trees. Result of all this?
We now have a forestry plan that controls the placement and removal of trees.
Incidently, in our area, pine trees grow like gangbusters and a hardwood sapling as big
as your wrist is 15-20 years old.
James Taylor Red Fox SE-308
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Klahican 331 Record Keeper Cape Fear Council
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