In recent years, the Nevada Division of Forestry used the
Gold Creek Guard Station, listed in the National Register
of Historic Places.
District: Mountain City
There are several factors to consider if your Facilities
Master Plan shows that you don't need a facility now but expect to
use it later.
Determine whether it is advantageous to let somebody else occupy the building
until you need it. Whether vacant or occupied, the facility will be assessed
under the Cost Pool 09. Occupied buildings normally receive better care
than empty buildings. Occupancy options include leasing the building to another agency or an organization, allowing another unit
to use it (and thus pay the WCF), or making it available to the public
as a rental cabin. Some forests designate facilities as rental cabins
for part of the year, and use them for administrative purposes the rest
of the year.
If you decide to leave the building vacant, it should be "mothballed"
to protect it from deterioration, vandalism, or other damage. Specific
guidance can be found in the publication titled Mothballing
Historic Buildings by the National Park Service and in the publication titled Buying Time: Mothballing Forest Service Facilities (available only to Forest Service and BLM employees). Common measures include
proper ventilation (particularly in humid climates), roof protection (for
instance, covering the roof with corrugated metal sheets that can be reused
elsewhere), pest control, and protecting windows.
A mothballed building may give the appearance of abandonment or neglect.
Some units have found it beneficial to install a sign explaining that
the building is mothballed and will be used in the future. Experience
shows that this reduces vandalism and encourages volunteers to contact
the unit to help restore or rehabilitate the building.