2014 Minutes

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(May 19, 2014 Meeting called or order by President Salinas)

 

NAME CHANGE:

As previously discussed and approved at our committee meetings and voted on at our general membership meeting, we are adjusting our name from the Pennsylvania State Camp Lessee’s Association to the Pennsylvania State Camp Association. This eliminates the confusion with the word “Lessee’s” and makes it easier when dealing with government agencies, businesses, and members. Our web page will remain www.PSCLA.org but the pages and information will reflect PSCA.

 

HIGH CONSERVATION VALUE FORESTS:

DCNR is considering the following program, but it has not yet been implemented; this concept began to be considered in November of 2011. The following is a minute excerpt of the voluminous plan.

forestland to the mill can be continued and that products are coming from forests managed in an environmentally responsible manner.

 

MEETING WITH DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION:

In February the PSCA attended a scheduled meeting with the DEP Deputy Secretary regarding gray water issues. The meeting went extremely well. We did have to explain to some of the staff what state camps are. They usually deal with more pressing concerns that actually do affect the environment, other than camps. They were more than willing to assist the PSCA with our gray water issues and offered to join us in future meetings with DCNR. Additional information from this conference will be discussed at our spring meeting.

CELL PHONE COVERAGE;

PSCA has been working with major cell phone companies to increase coverage in the rural areas were state camps are located.

SANITATION FEES;

 PSCA has received complaints about townships charging sanitation fees to state camp owners.

UNITED SPORTSMANS OF PENNSYLVANIA:

In March the USP testified at the capitol building in Harrisburg regarding the deer population and the current and past practices of the game commission. Part of their agenda was dissatisfaction with the influence of radical environmental and animal groups which ultimately resulted in the reduction of the deer population and the downfall of hunting in Pennsylvania. PSCA does not get directly involved in hunting issues due to organizations like the USP that specifically addresses hunting concerns, but hunting is an important facet of camp life. We made it well known to involved politicians and agencies that we are also highly concerned about the detrimental influence these radical groups have on state camps and the public use of our forests.

DILAPIDATED OR ABANDONED CAMPS: 

PSCA has dealt with two more issues involving dilapidated or abandoned camps. If you, someone you know, if you encounter a camp that fits these criteria, contact the PSCA.

 

   

RIGHT TO KNOW SUBMISSIONS;

 

PSCA legal staff has submitted Right to Know Requests to DCNR regarding information on all state camp lessees. We submitted a similar request last year (without the use of our legal staff) and were initially denied the information. This submission is still in the processing stage.

 

WEB PAGE CONSTRUCTION:

 

As previously mentioned in our last news letter, our web page (along with several others from our internet provider) was hacked from overseas. It is now up and running, but we are still going revamp it and keep it simple to navigate.

 

 WOOD PILES;

[The Rothrock State Forest plans to eliminate, brush in, and permanently retire two sections of trail located in the Galbraith Gap Area. The trail known as Cabin Trail and a spur of Lonberger Trail will be brushed in and trees dropped across the trail to close access.]

 

MOSHANNON STATE FOREST MEETING:

In December the PSCA attended a meeting of a large group of Moshannon State Forest camp owners and associates. PSCA will travel to other areas of the state if the group is large enough to warrant the travel and expense.

PROPANE SUPPLIES AND PSCA DISCOUNTS;

Propane supplies are extremely tight due to three main factors:

 

 

RECREATION TAXES;

PSCA was successful in eliminating another township recreational tax affecting state camp owners. As some of you may recall from previous newsletters, the PSCA has tackled several of these recreational tax issues and has succeeded in eliminating all of them.

EMERALD ASH BORER;

The emerald ash borer is a half-inch long metallic green beetle. Larvae of this beetle feed under the bark of ash trees. Their feeding eventually girdles and kills branches and entire trees. Emerald ash borer was discussed in an article in a previous PSCA newsletter.

STARTING A FIRE DRAFT;

In any event, no matter how hard I tried to get the draft to move up the chimney --newspaper, fire sticks, etc, it just didn’t want to reverse the air flow. Then I thought that if I wanted to get the warm air flowing up the chimney, I wondered if a hair dryer would work. Indeed it did! It worked within 5 to 10 seconds

BOAT DOCKS;

Some camps have boat docks that have to be removed if the camp is sold. At our spring meeting, PSCA will be discussing how to sell your camp and retain the boat dock for the new owner. This should certainly enhance the sale or future sale of a camp with a boat dock.

LOSS OF OUR MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN:

PSCA lost one of our founding members, Richard ‘Dick’ McKinney. Dick lost his life as a result of a snowmobile accident this year. He did more that most will ever know for the organization. Dick really dedicated himself to the PSCA and will be missed. Dick was an avid snowmobiler and was instrumental, with the assistance of the Sproul District Forester and his staff, in rerouting a major snowmobile trail that was shut down do to gas operations. PSCA submitted correspondence to the DCNR secretary and the Sproul District Forest office requesting the new snowmobile trail be named the ‘McKinney Trail’ to honor him and his family. DCNR responded quickly to our request and is moving forward to accomplish this.

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS;

Future applications and mailings will be sent to:

PSCA Membership Chairperson

815 East Walnut Street

Lewistown, PA 17704

 

MOTION FOR AJURNMENT:

Made by Director Livingston

Seconded by Director Mentzer

MINUTES:

Garret Fox

Secretary