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VI. ADMINISTRATIVE FACILITY PROPOSAL SUMMARY

 

The administrative facility proposal summary was developed from the information in the individual District/TLJCC facility master plans and subsequent decisions/changes made by the Forest Leadership Team. For more details refer to the facility spreadsheet in appendix A, and the individual District and TLJCC facility master plans.

The Mt. Hood NF recognizes the significance of the historic buildings on the Forest, many of which are eligible for or listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and will pursue every feasible alternative for preserving these buildings in place. However, because of declining budgets, the Forest is no longer able to maintain many of these buildings and must look for alternative uses or dispose of them. These alternatives may include placing the buildings under a special use permit, transferring the building to another federal or state agency, or tribal government, or selling the building with restrictive covenants. These alternatives will be explored before alternatives for moving a building or demolishing it will be considered. A Forest-wide historic building plan will be developed and decisions will not be made on the disposition of any historic structure until this plan is completed and approved. The Forest intends to protect these structures until an acceptable alternative use (or maintenance funding source) is found, or until final disposition is determined in the Forest-wide historic building plan.

A. Barlow Ranger District

Dufur:

The total square footage of office space at Dufur is generally adequate for the current and forecast organization, though two of the office facilities are in poor condition, are high maintenance and provide poor working conditions for employees. The alternative selected to solve this problem is to complete construction of phase III of the main office addition. Accessibility problems with the main office would also be corrected with the completion of phase III. When this addition is completed, the trailer currently occupied by Fire, Recreation, Law Enforcement and members of the Vegetation Management shop would be disposed of, and the office in the basement of the wood shop, currently occupied by the resources shop, would be converted back to storage.

Though bunkhouse space is adequate, one of the bunkhouse units is an older double wide trailer which is in poor shape and in need of replacement. The alternative selected to solve this problem is to convert the existing ranger residence (building # 1028) into a bunkhouse and decommission this double-wide trailer.

A summary of the entire site is as follows:

  • Complete Phase III of the main office (2000).

  • Decommission the fire/rec trailer (2027) when phase III of building 2000 is completed.

  • Convert the ranger's residence (1028) to a bunkhouse and convert the garage (1501) into paint storage.

  • Convert the basement of the wood shop/office (2237) into storage when Phase III of building 2000 is completed.

  • All remaining buildings are needed for administrative purposes and will be kept and maintained.

Bear Springs:

The current plans for staffing the work center are 7 permanent and 5 temporary employees, an engine, tender and patrol, and storage for recreation and fire needs. Housing needs will be based on providing space for ½ of the permanent and all of the temporary employees. The total square footage of office space, storage space and housing is in excess of the amount needed to function as a work center. The disposition of the buildings not needed on the south side of highway 216, as well as the water system, electrical system and roads will be worked out with the BIA and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation during the implementation phase. (see Appendix C)

A summary of the entire site is as follows:

  • Keep and maintain the main office (2012) for office space and limited storage.

  • Keep and maintain the fire warehouse (2243) and convert the tree cooler portion of this building into warehouse space.

  • Keep and maintain warehouse/shop (2232) and utilize existing shop facilities and bays for fire equipment storage.

  • Keep and maintain the gas house (2515) for fuel and paint storage.

  • Keep and maintain (if cost effective) one of the residences and one of the bunkhouses on the south side of Highway 216.

  • Transition all other housing needs from the south side of highway 216 to the north side (Spring Drive facilities) as housing becomes available.

  • Keep and maintain current housing on the north side of Highway 216 which consists of 14 trailer pads and 2 modulars and add one more modular for seasonal quarters.

  • The remaining buildings are not needed for administrative purposes and are not being utilized or occupied. Refer to appendix C.

Rock Creek Guard Station:

The existing square footage at Rock Creek GS is adequate, but one of the bunkhouse units is an older single-wide trailer which is in poor shape. The preferred solution is to replace it with one of the newer modular units not needed at Bear Springs.

  • Decommission trailer (1358) and replace with newer modular.

  • Keep and maintain bunkhouse (1319).

Camp Cody:

  • Keep and maintain all 20 buildings.

  • Explore options for increasing office and storage space for fire needs (engine bay/fire cache/office).

Valley View Cabin (1146)

No longer needed for administrative purposes, but is currently a year round cabin rental.

Lookouts:

Five Mile (4200) and Flag Point (4201) lookouts are needed for administrative purposes and are also used as cabin rentals.

Radio Buildings:

Keep and maintain all radio buildings (1557, 2875, 2876 and 2877) for administrative purposes.

B. Clackamas River Ranger District

As a result of combining 2 Ranger Districts, Ripplebrook and Estacada, the Clackamas River RD has undergone many consolidations and reductions resulting in an excess of square footage in office, storage and housing space. To help reduce this excess, decisions were made to administratively vacate the Oak Grove work center and the Lazy Bend C&M shop as soon a possible, reduce the number of administrative buildings at Ripplebrook (not including housing or bunkhouses), and surplus the bunkhouses (and land) at Estacada Work Center. A summary of the District proposal is as follows:

Estacada:

  • Continue leasing the main office. A 10 year lease was just signed in 1997.

  • Bunkhouses (1107 and 1108) are not needed for administrative purposes and can be decommissioned. The land is not needed and can be surplused.

  • The Lazy Bend C&M shop (2116) is not needed for administrative purposes and can be decommissioned.

  • Convert residence (1031) to a wellness/conference center.

  • Keep and maintain all other buildings for administrative purposes.

Ripplebrook (includes ranger station, C&M site and all housing areas):

  • The following buildings are not needed for administrative purposes and can be transferred to TLJCC:

    1. Office (2011)

    2. Office (2019)

    3. Office (2020)

    4. Warehouse (2244)

    5. Residence (1095)

    6. Residence (1148)

    7. Residence (1149)

    8. Residence (1150)

    9. Residence (1151)

    10. Residence (1153)

  • Keep and maintain all other buildings for administrative purposes.

Oak Grove:

The 11 buildings at Oak Grove are not needed for administrative purposes.

Radio Buildings:

Keep and maintain all radio buildings (2866, 2867, 2868, 2869, 2870 and 2871) for administrative purposes.

Lookouts:

  • Keep and maintain SiSi lookout (4236) for administrative purposes.
  • Bull of the Woods lookout (4221) is not needed for administrative purposes and is not being utilized or occupied.

Olallie:

Olallie Lake Guard Station (1054) is under special use permit and Olallie Meadows Guard Station (1055) being proposed for a special use permit as a cabin rental. They are not needed for administrative purposes.

Bagby:

Keep and maintain Bagby Guard Station (1002) for administrative purposes.

C. Hood River Ranger District

The total square footage of space at the main office on highway 35 is adequate for the District's projected needs. This office is currently being leased and the lease expired in 1997. The decision was made to pursue a land exchange to acquire this leased facility as an administrative site. The negotiations are currently in progress.

There is an excess of square footage at the Parkdale work center and the plans are to administratively vacate one of the existing storage buildings.

A summary of the district proposal is as follows:

Main Office:

Purchase current lease office and remodel to meet health, safety, accessibility, HVAC and electrical needs. The building owner is interested in selling the property.

Parkdale:

  • The auto shop (2103) and attached breezeway are not needed for administrative purposes.

  • An additional 700 sq ft of storage space is needed. This can be accommodated at Parkdale by converting unneeded office space into storage space.

  • Keep and maintain all other buildings for administrative purposes.

Dee Orchard:

Keep and maintain both buildings (2248 and 2632) for administrative purposes.

Radio Buildings:

Keep and maintain all radio buildings (2872, 2873, and 2874) for administrative purposes.

Lookouts:

Keep and maintain Clear Lake Lookout (4234) for administrative purposes.

D. Zigzag Ranger District

In the short term (1-5 years) the Zigzag Ranger District will stay at it's existing site in Zigzag and reduce buildings as opportunities present themselves. In the long term as the opportunity presents itself the District will co-locate with the HQ in Sandy and maintain a work center in Zigzag. The timing for this long term plan is dependent on the space becoming available to accommodate the District's needs. The space is currently being occupied by NRIS Terra which is a detached WO group expected to be in place for about 5 years.

When the main part of the District is located in the HQ office building there will be a large amount of excess square footage at ZigZag compound, Summit Guard Station and Government Camp. When this co-location occurs the work center will be consolidated on the north compound at Zigzag, and the south compound at Zigzag, the Summit compound and all but one of the buildings at Government Camp will be vacated. This consolidation assumes that the hotshots would not be based at Zigzag and that the district would no longer provide permanent housing.

The following is a summary of the District proposal after co-location:

Zigzag:

The following buildings are not needed for administrative purposes:

  • Six residences and related structures - 1082, 1084, 1302 ,1304,1516 and 1614

  • Three office buildings - 2008, 2016 and 2028

  • Conference building - 1317

  • Six warehouse/storage buildings - 2214, 2215, 2216, 2221 and 2300

  • Carpenter shop - 2104

  • Three miscellaneous structures - 1720, 2507 and 1628

The following buildings are needed for administrative purposes:

  • Five residences and related structures - 1083, 1085, 1086, 1515 and 1517

  • Six storage and related structures - 2833, 2117, 2311, 2313, 2640, 2643

  • Two office buildings - 2402 and 2024

  • Pump house - 1627

Other items that are needed to make the north side consolidation a viable alternative include:

  • Additional 4000 sqft of warehouse space

  • Addition of 1400 sqft of fire vehicle storage at government camp (ODOT compound).

  • Phone/data would need to be completely relocated.

  • The water system would need to be modified to be independent of the south side.

  • Road/parking areas would need to be hardened (dust control).

Summit and Government Camp:

  • The 7 buildings at Summit Guard Station are not needed for administrative purposes.

  • Keep and maintain the first aid building (1719) at Government Camp for administrative purposes. The 2 remaining buildings (1071 and 1104) at Government Camp are not needed for administrative purposes and can be decommissioned.

Clackamas Lake Guard Station:

Buildings at Clackamas Lake Guard Station are not needed for administrative purposes.

Columbia Gorge Ranger Station:

The buildings and site are not needed for administrative purposes and are in the process of being disposed of by exchange or sale.

Troutdale Tanker Base:

Keep and maintain both buildings (2031 and 2239) for administrative purposes.

Sandy River Guard Station:

The guard station (1076) at Sandy River is not needed for administrative purposes and is not being utilized or occupied.

Radio Buildings:

Keep and maintain all radio buildings (2863, 2864 and 2865) for administrative purposes.

Lookouts:

Devil's Peak Lookout (4204) is not needed for administrative purposes and is not being utilized or occupied.

E. Timber Lake Job Corps Center

In 1994 the Timber Lake Job Corps prepared an update to their facility master plan and this update was published in a report titled "Timber Lake Job Corps Center Campus Master Site Plan Update - Final Report". The elements of the Master Site Plan are as follows:

  • Locate a new administration building (3,600 sqft), education building (8,488 sqft), and auditorium (7,144 sqft) at the south end of the middle terrace, forming a "campus center" that would act as the hub of activity. The existing administration (2800 sqft) and education buildings (7,540 sqft), both of poor quality construction, would be phased out. The three facilities would be grouped around a small pedestrian plaza that would be a part of the main pedestrian way that links the three main areas of the campus.

  • Remodel the existing dormitories to accommodate the increased student lodging needs. This remodeling would include the addition of a second floor on 2 of the 4 buildings (14,640 sqft). Three of these dorms are in need of extensive remodeling due to new fire codes, poor ventilation and lighting, and poorly designed rooms.

  • Provide additional recreation and service facilities near the student housing including; a community laundry facility/crafts center (1,728 sqft), a general recreation room (in the basement of an existing dorm), and a "soda shop" in the basement of the dining hall.

  • Locate a greenhouse/classroom in the vocational area (4,176 sqft).

  • Improve automobile circulation and separation from pedestrians by shifting the road slightly to the west in order to create some buffer between it and the sewage treatment plan. Provide public parking at the north end of the ponds and consolidate staff parking to a few key areas.

The soda shop in the basement of the dining hall has been completed, dorm 1 (#1330) has been remodeled into a student counseling/resource center, the general recreation room (in the basement of an existing dorm) has been completed and the following facilities have currently been removed:

  • Old dining hall

  • Old dispensary

  • Canteen trailer

  • WIC trailer

  • Three residential trailers

All government owned trailers (9 for a total of 8,466 sqft) in the lower residential area will be removed and disposed of.


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