As mentioned in the property forums, the permit for Camp Birdsall Edey was amended by the Allegheny National Forest. The Allegheny National Forest proposed to reduce the permitting acreage along with our access to buildings. The recreation building (Program Activity Building), Caretaker’s Residence, storage facility and four pit toilets are the buildings that are no longer available in the amended permit proposed by the Allegheny National Forest. The acreage was lowered from 30.3 acres to 5 acres.
The only buildings that would remain are the Hickory House (lodge), dining hall, swimming pool, and shower house. With these recent changes, the forest service continues to maintain that they do not have a budget to repair the damaged foundation in the Hickory House. Due to these circumstances, the council, jointly with our board of directors, decided not to accept the proposed amended permit.
On December 14th, the Allegheny National Forest made the decision to end our permit to use the facilities effective January 1, 2010.
For more information, please email Ken Thornton or call 1-800-248-3355, ext. 1112.