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Restoring a National Treasure
Camp One Dance Hall: After almost 70 years of fun and festivities, we had literally danced our way through the original floor of the Dance Hall in Camp One. The Dance Hall is the cornerstone of Camp One, special to all the groups that come here to celebrate. Thanks to the generosity of our campers and the cooperation of State Parks, we were able to reach our goal of raising $50,000, enough money to replace the vertical-grain fir flooring and repair the dry-rot damage in the supporting structure. We are pleased to report that we completed the work in 2007 with our money going to pay the contractor who did the construction work; State Parks provided the materials. This partnership allowed us to accomplish something that neither entity could have done alone.
Camp One Dining Hall: In 2007 we received a grant from Save America’s Treasures for $400,000. That money went towards rehabilitating the kitchen and dining halls in Camp One. This was a major project that replaced the roof, repaired or replaced rotten and damaged redwood logs, replaced siding and foundation as needed. Once again, Mike Cabaniss came through by securing salvaged trestle beams of old-growth redwood which were milled into new siding needed to complete the rehabilitation. The new boards are indistinguishable from the originals. Mike also rebuilt the stone porch leading into the kitchen and had the pergola remade from redwood heart so it will be rot-resistant.
Water System: As a grant match to the rehabilitation of Camp One kitchen and dining halls California State Parks rebuilt our aging water system. We now have two water treatment plants that are state-of-the-art. Everything is controlled by computer and reported via satellite to our drinking water operator and crew.
Cultural Landscape Report: In 2011 MWCA hired MIG, a landscape architectural firm that specializes in historic properties, to complete a Cultural Landscape Report. This is the key document that will allow us to move forward with our rehabilitation efforts by helping us present a well-informed, professional face to those foundations from which we request grant funds. The University of Oregon’s architectural department volunteered to provide the work needed to do a Cultural Landscape Inventory for the report (many thanks to the professors and undergrad students who worked so hard on this). The entire Cultural Landscape Report document was completed in 2013.
Camp Two Roofs: In the fall of 2013, Mike Cabaniss saw to it that the roofs on Camp Two’s dining hall and gatehouse were replaced. He and his State Parks crew did the majority of the work with assistance from our Woodlands crew whenever possible. We can now run our MOSS spring program without buckets to catch the rain leaking through.
Wastewater Upgrade: Next up, the new California Director of State Parks made the commitment to get our aging sewer systems brought up to today’s standards. Camp One has had all of the engineering completed and will start construction in September, 2014. The preliminary design work for Camp Two and Three has gotten underway, and construction on those will proceed over the next couple of years.
Upcoming Restoration Projects: There is a great deal left to do in the immediate future to save our historic buildings from further deterioration and restore structures for campers’ safety and usability. State Parks’ available funding is not enough to complete all of the needed restoration.
We are actively pursuing Federal and private funding to bring the Woodlands up to modern standards, while maintaining our historic fabric. We are also addressing larger issues, which include: American Disability Act issues to make the Woodlands more user-friendly; getting a permanent, paved road into the Woodlands; preparing a timber plan to manage the surrounding forest; and addressing the issues that contribute to the lack of sun and excessive moisture around the structures in the park, leading to structural deterioration.
We need your support to accomplish the many projects that are on the table, many of which need to be done in the near future to ensure continuation of this wonderful campground. Please look deep within your heart and give freely to preserve this special piece of our unique American culture.
In 2002, we were able to lend our support to the Big River acquisition and make it a reality. FOW contributed in excess of $30,000 to that cause, thanks to our generous campers!
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