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Concerns about forestry plan for Camp Sinoquipe aired at meeting

Mason Dixon Council president says no more cutting will be done until master plan is developed

February 21, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — The Mason-Dixon Council of the Boy Scouts of America was on the hot seat Tuesday night as more than 100 people filled two rooms at Hagerstown Community College to air their concerns about a draft forest-management plan for Camp Sinoquipe in Fulton County, Pa.

When the council hired Certified Forester Tom O’Neal to prepare a forest-management plan for the 500-acre camp, a group called Concerned Friends of Camp Sinoquipe started an online petition to stop any projects at the camp until a town meeting was held.

Concerns about the future of the scouting experience at Camp Sinoquipe, as well as whether timbering was being done for profit or to protect the forest were questioned during the meeting held in the Career Program Building.

Mason-Dixon Council President Jeanne Singer told those present at the town meeting that although a previous executive board of the Mason-Dixon Council approved cutting some of the trees in 2009, no more cutting would take place until a camp master plan was developed.

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While some questioned why any cutting took place, Singer said the current board couldn’t undo things that had already taken place.

One man said there shouldn’t be a timber sale at Camp Sinoquipe.

“We’re not doing anything else without a vision and a plan in place,” Singer said.

She said having a town meeting at this point was premature since no more cutting would be done until the properties council and executive board develops a master plan for Camp Sinoquipe.

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