Fire Watchman's Camp/Warming Hut

$850 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 1 month
Last year, NREC finished restoring the first manned fire tower in the nation at our Visitors' Center in Greenville, ME. It is magnificent to see the tower standing tall over the Moosehead Lake region again.

This year we plan to reconstruct the fire watchman’s camp that was built on the trail to the top of Big Moose (formerly Squaw) Mtn.  The cabin will have dual purposes.  First, just like the fire tower, there will be educational material about the natural and cultural history of the area.  Last year, over 7,000 visitors stopped by the Visitors' Center campus.  So, this is a great opportunity to enhance their experience.

Most importantly, the camp will serve as a warming hut for the afterschool cross-country ski program that is held at the Visitors' Center.  It is a windy location and the kids need a place to change into their gear and also to wait for their parents to pick them up after a vigorous afternoon of gliding through the woods of Maine.  There will also be a storage area so the kids can leave their gear each week and not have to carry it to school or on the bus.

The total project will cost about $30,000 and we want to raise 1/3 of that through GoFundMe and other donations that will be used as match for grants this spring.  We plan construction in the fall of 2017.

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Posted by Tim Obrey
9 days ago
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There is a lot of history associated with the old fire watchman's cabin on Big Moose (Squaw) Mountain. Check out these two ladies taking a break from hunting on the front steps of the camp. The camp looked pretty good back then! Please help NREC rebuild the camp at our Visitors' Center campus and provide a warming hut for the local cross-country ski program. Let's get the kids outdoors and provide some healthy winter activities! Thanks to the Moosehead Historical Society for some of these great photos.
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Posted by Tim Obrey
26 days ago
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Here's a photo of the original fire watchman's cabin on Big Moose (formerly Squaw) Mtn taken in 1972. That's a young Bill Spach standing in the doorway. Can't wait to get the cabin rebuilt at the NREC Visitors' Center and have Bill pose for another photo! We're working hard to raise the funds and we appreciate everyone's support. Please share this with your friends!
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$850 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 1 month
Created February 17, 2017
JK
$100
Jean Kelly
13 days ago
DB
$50
Deanna Burtchell
23 days ago
BC
$150
Bill Cobb
27 days ago
SS
$100
Sara Sinclair
1 month ago
JM
$25
Judith S McLaughlin
1 month ago
LS
$50
L William Spach
1 month ago

I'll also donate an authentic Fire Watchman's Camp wood stove for the project, that was rescued from the Big Spencer Mountain Fire Watchman's Camp, just before it was demolished in 2011. :)

RD
$50
Ron Dobra
1 month ago
$200
Christopher Morris
1 month ago
PM
$25
Patti McLaughlin
1 month ago
TS
$50
The Seebacks
1 month ago
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