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Tree Thinning Planned for
ensure that Camp Tuckahoe remains safe for all campers and visitors, a
major tree thinning is planned for Camp Tuckahoe this fall and winter. The
York-Adams Area Council has hired a forest consultant to mark trees for
removal that pose a potential risk to campers and visitors.
Over the past few years, thousands of dollars have been spent
to remove hazardous limbs from the campsites but a substantial number of
hazardous trees continue to develop annually.
While there will always be a need for ongoing maintenance of
the trees at Tuckahoe, our goal with this work is to do everything we can to
a avoid a possible injury to anyone while at camp. There are annual news
reports on people being seriously or fatality injured by falling trees that
stands as a testament to the danger.
Some of the dead trees have developed after the new
construction of underground utilities. Camp Tuckahoe has a large population
of scarlet oak and red oak tree species that continually have large dead
branches that die as the tree grows.
After the trees are removed the camp will have larger
campsites for our growing camping population. The open campsite canopy
will be a significant change in the appearance of the campsites throughout
camp property. We expect the tents to dry faster after summer rains with
the sunlight streaming in on the tent sites. This will make the tents last
for a longer period of time.
Winter camp operation will remain open during the tree
thinning. No tree thinning will occur during the weekends while campers are
present. We are working with Glatfelter Company to remove trees with as much
care as possible to minimize the damage to other trees and the campsites.
Specific campsite availability will change each week as we clear each
campsite of hazards.
While visiting Camp Tuckahoe you may see all the campsite
tent platforms have been stacked to avoid any damage. Trees marked by our
forestry consultant with a blue slash pose a risk and are marked for
removal. After a campsite has been thinned and the hazardous trees removed
you will find tree tops behind the campsite to be used for firewood and
wildlife habitat. We plan to make wood chips in the campsite of many of the
small branches that will be left after the trees and the tree tops are
removed from the campsite.
All tree thinning will end by the first week in April 2006 as
not to do any damage to any new spring vegetation and ground cover. The
additional sun light will permit new smaller and safer seedling trees to
develop in the campsite as the forest regenerates.