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NOTES FROM DISTRICT RANGERS
I also included what has been developed on this district
as we call it a gorilla gate. We are adjacent to a major urban center and
gates and other facilities are vandalized on a regular basis. We have worked
with one of our many "friends "groups and to control access we had a gate
company design this for us. It has a unique locking system that takes
combination padlocks, but makes it very difficult to damage them or take
them off of the gate. These are expensive but with all of the repairs we
have been doing they will in the long term be cheaper. just one of the ideas
that we share with other rangers.
Keep in touch. It was good talking
to you. Once a ranger , always a ranger.
Mesa Ranger District
Tonto National Forest
National Forestry Magazine (Spring 2007 issue)
February 15, 2006
Mount Hood Oregon Chapter Completes First
Although only 6 months old, the first chapter of ForestRanger.org has
completed a project. Working in partnership with the Mt. Hood Cultural
Center & Museum in Government Camp, the Mt. Hood Chapter helped initiate the
restoration and adaptive use of the two unique A-frame forest ranger
residences already nearing historic status. If ForestRanger.org had not
moved quickly, they would have been surplused and removed.
As a result of a timely special use permit, and provision of needed
liability insurance with the assistance of the American Resources Group
through ForestRanger.org, the Museum sponsored a blacksmith training program
in one of the buildings. The program teaches how to construct replicas of
the historic ironwork fashioned by CCC craftsmen in the construction of
Timberline Lodge and other Cascadian design forest buildings.
The second cabin is slated to become an integral part of the new Village
Trails Plan. Additional efforts are under way provide space for a fiber arts
program teaching historic spinning, dyeing and felting skills.
Good for the community, good for history, and putting historic but now
surplus National Forest buildings to continuing good use. This is what
ForestRanger.org is all about.
December 23, 2005
New Group to Protect Historic Ranger Stations
In Sept. more than 50 USFS retirees gathered in Portland, Oregon to
celebrate the agency’s
centennial. Forestranger.org and FFLA shared an exhibit which was a popular
On September 3, 2005 Forestranger.org was organized in Portland,
Oregon. It is an association of people throughout the U.S, concerned about
the future of historic structures within the National Forest system and
other public lands.
The new organization has five goals:
1. To work to reconnect U.S. Forest Service offices with rural communities
through partnerships in re-opening closed facilities (i.e. Guard Stations,
Work Centers) and offices (i.e. Ranger Stations, Visitor Centers) to serve
2. To increase public awareness of the multiple use benefits of responsible
and productive stewardship of public lands.
3. To open new lines of communication with urban-based populations.
4. To protect historic Forest Service structures with emergency maintenance.
5. To assist in program development and community support for
The organization will be guided with a national board of directors working
through local chapters throughout the U.S. Keith Argow will serve as the
convening chair until a national board of directors is selected. Nominations
(volunteers are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (888) GRN-TREE.)
Dues are set at $10/year during the development phase. All this money will
go into an escrow account to be used for organization, newsletters and
mailings. The National Forestry Association will support the new
organization by providing a quarterly report in the Forestry Advantage
Actions in the Fourth Quarter, 2005
1. Working Capital Fund for Structures: Beginning in 2006, all Forest
Service structures will be assessed a maintenance charge determined by
square footage. The funds will be withdrawn from benefiting functions. Those
buildings, including some historic CCC structures, closed ranger stations,
surplus buildings, etc. that turn up under-funded could be reviewed for sale
or removal. This is an especially risky process for historic structures. The
agency is downsizing now, but likely to grow in the future.
2. Funds allocated to specific buildings may not necessarily be spent on
maintenance of those buildings. They will be allocated to the fund (WCF) and
withdrawn on a priority basis. Structures without an apparent use or an
advocate could be charged for maintenance, but not maintained. This is an
important opportunity for volunteer support.
3. The Chair contacted all nine USFS Regional Foresters in September
alterting them to the problem with the request: “Please don’t throw out
historic structures with the WCF.”
4. The popular and effective Passport In Time (PIT) project has received
budget reductions resulting in consolidations and possible discontinuation
of its informative newsletter. Forestranger.org will seek to find
alternatives to get this word out to supporters to maintain the PIT mission.
Readers, whether members or not, are encouraged to provide support and
comments to: Forestranger.org, 374 Maple Ave. East, Vienna, VA 22180, email:
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