EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPlan To Timber Near Camp Spurs Controversy
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Also Contributing: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Jul. 9, 2013 11:22 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 9, 2013 11:28 AM EDT
Camp Virgil Tate , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Neighbors voiced concerns Monday night about a controversial plan to log a local 4-H camp.
The money from timbering would be used to build a new pool at Camp Virgil Tate in Kanawha County.
After years of patching, the pool was closed in 2008. 4-H members from Kanawha, Putnam and Logan counties, church camps and community members used the pool. Five years later, the pool remains closed because of the high cost of building a new one, about $750,000.
A new plan to help raise some money for the pool project is raising concerns.
The plan is to timber the property around the camp, and about 400 additional acres of land owned by Kanawha County, a decision that has to first be approved by the Kanawha County Planning Board and then the Kanawha County Commission.
Several neighbors voiced several concerns at a public hearing Monday night. At a place that is supposed to be an outdoor sanctuary, they are worried about logging trucks on their small road leading into the camp, gas wells in the area and the effects on the environment.
"Who are we thinking about by fixing the pool? We need to think about the generations who will come here and be able to go back and see a good stand of timber, a good forest," Delbert Atkins said.
But John Porter of the West Virginia University Extension Service said it's less about saving the pool and more about saving the forest. He said through selective logging, the forest will thrive.
"Older trees die, create a forest fire danger, they fall over," Porter told the crowd. "We need to look at the overall health of the forest and when it’s done in a right way, it’s a good thing."
Until the forests are surveyed, a price value can't be put on the timber, but it will likely only cover about a third of the cost of the pool. Public and private funding would have to cover the rest.
Another public hearing is set for this 6 p.m. Wednesday in the county commission building.
The Kanawha County Planning Board will then make its recommendation to the county commission about whether to proceed with the timbering plan.
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