Conservation and Ranch Stewardship

As good stewards of the land and followers of the Outdoor Code, we will establish and implement a camp-wide conservation plan to best utilize and preserve the natural resources found on the property.

Trees will be "scaled" (properly trimmed and thinned) and dead undergrowth eliminated in accordance with best methods. Natural mulch materials will be used to eliminate dust and encourage growth of appropriate vegetation. A Council nursery will be established on property to promote proper reforestation.

As part of the conservation plan, all natural resources will be carefully and appropriately used. Some resources may be sold (sand, silt, etc), but the majority will be kept on property and utilized.

Naturally "Greening" Camp

Tree trimmings and underbrush will be chipped to create native mulch materials, which will be used on the property. Large trees that must be cut for safety or conservation reasons will be milled (when possible) and the resulting lumber will be used for camp improvements. Rocks and boulders uncovered in grading work will be carefully used in camp improvements such as the creation of program separation features.

Equipment will be purchased to facilitate the conservation plan, including a chipper and portable mill.

Best timber practices will be followed to properly preserve and store cut materials. Specific areas will be designated for mill/conservation work and storage of raw materials and end products.

Youth and leader feedback expressed concern that the camp was becoming a "dustbowl". Conservation specialists have encouraged the use of appropriate mulching materials, reduction of vehicle traffic, and creation of clearly marked pedestrian trails to encourage revegatation and the "greening" of camp.

Pathways that Promote Reforestation

As good stewards of our land, we will make every effort to create a series of pathways that concentrate impact on trails and actively promote reforestation throughout our property. Paths will be clearly marked and provide an interesting and aesthetically pleasing walkway system throughout camp. Appropriate trail materials will be used to define pathways and prevent erosion and runoff.

The lower blacktop road through camp will usually be closed to vehicle traffic during the summer, creating a more rustic and natural pedestrian camp. This will create a campus effect, encouraging foot travel, eliminating dust, and allowing for revegetation in vehicle damaged areas. This closed road will not be removed, but will remain to allow for maintenance and emergency vehicle access.

Drop-off areas will be created at each end of the closed road. This will allow leaders to drive up and drop off gear before proceeding to the main parking area. Push carts at the drop-off areas will allow Scouts to transport heavier equipment like patrol boxes and pioneering poles to their campsites.

To accommodate weekend use during the rest of the year, pullout areas and a limited number of angled parking spots will be added to the lower blacktop road. Pullout areas will allow drivers to drop-off or load gear before they proceed to the main parking area.

The conservation plan will recognize the importance of Native American archeological sites and environmental easements, and work to preserve them.

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