To read the full resolution and keep up to date with it, here is the Senate’s webpage: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28dwb1rejhiuxutpocd51ytjsm%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=2015-SR-0079
This is the resolution I started working on with Senator Casperson and his staff earlier this year. This Wednesday, September 16th at 12:30 the Senate Natural Resources Committee will take testimony on SR 79. I will be able to video-conference into the meeting, most likely the Michigan Works office in Hancock. If anyone is interested in attending as well please let me know and I can keep you informed as to the exact location.
We are asking that these camps be put into the Recreation Residence program because it is a program that already exists in national forests across the country, including the Ottawa National Forest.
From the USFS Website: Recreation Residences are cabins located on National Forests across the country. The cabins themselves are privately owned by individuals, while the land on which they sit is still owned by the American public under Forest Service management. Cabin owners receive a Special Use Permit to occupy forest land for up to a 20-year period. Today, cabins are issued a permit for up to twenty years at a time with the option to renew at the end of that period.
The National Forest Service placed a moratorium on the establishment of new tracts under the Recreation Residence program in 1968, and in 1976 the development of new lots within existing tracts was prohibited. However, this appears to be a USFS policy and the authority to issue special use permits for recreation residences is still in public law.
Therefore, the moratorium (which is my new favorite word) can be lifted to allow these camps to remain, if we can convince the USFS to do so. Or our federal government tells them to do so. Linda Jackson, the Ottawa National Forest Supervisor, says she does not have the authority at the local level to do so.
It’s a win-win for the Forest Service to do this. As one leaseholder (Mike) emailed me “The program is self-supporting in that the leases cover any additional duties required of USFS personnel. And if it could create a couple more USFS positions (great jobs) for a couple locals, it becomes win-win-win!”
I’m just curious if the person or persons whose responsibility it has been to oversee and inspect the UPPCO lease camps for the past 23 years is going to be out of a job once they are gone?
Editing update. I put what I had done on DVD the other day and watched the whole thing on my TV. Better than my computer monitor. Looked good. Sounded good. I only jotted down a dozen notes of things to fix. Now just a little more b-roll to add, music, final narration and sound mastering. I’ve decided if I would’ve installed more RAM (random access memory, not the truck) to make my computer faster, this film would have been done by now! I still might need more RAM to render out the final film!
Resolution. Recreation Residence. RAM. What do they all have in common?
They all start with R. Haha. Sorry, it’s getting late.
Don’t remove your camps yet!