FWOC RESOLUTION #12
_PRESERVING HISTORIC BUILDINGS IN WESTERN WILDERNESS AREAS_
|In recent years, some
historic buildings fifty years old or older in the West's wilderness
areas have been torn down. This includes historic guard stations
and fire lookouts that can still be used as emergency shelters or
visitor interpretive centers. These historic structures can be
restored and maintained by volunteers in co-operation with the land
management agency concerned. This would preserve these buildings
and help to divert recreation away from areas of over use.
|The USDA Forest Service,
which is the principal custodian of these historic structures, needs to
incorporate more flexibility into its rules to take advantage of
contributions from the public and establish working partnerships with
local volunteer organizations.
|The Federation of
Outdoor Clubs recommends that historic buildings on land administered
by the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management be retained,
repaired and (where appropriate), nominated for the National Register
of Historic Places. Copies of this resolution should be sent to
Secretary Espey, Department of Agriculture and Secretary Babbitt,
Department of the Interior.
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