CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Money may not grow on trees, but members of the Kanawha County 4-H Foundation are hoping to turn trees into money.
The foundation is exploring a sale of timber from most of the Camp Virgil Tate acreage to raise funds to help the struggling facility.
The funds could be used for a number of projects, including fixing the swimming pool, which has been closed since 2008, and renovating the cottages, board President Damron Bradshaw said.
The foundation would decide how to use the funds, Bradshaw said.
However, the timber sale must be approved before the board can start deciding how to use the money.
The board is proposing to timber about 70 acres owned by the foundation, Bradshaw said.
However, it also hopes to timber about 400 acres owned by the Kanawha County Commission.
So a total of 470 acres would be timbered. The camp consists of about 500 acres.
"I'm all for it," Bradshaw said.
Commissioners will take up the issue during a regularly scheduled meeting today.
Commissioner Kent Carper will ask the county's planning commission to study the proposal and hold a public hearing. That would give anyone who opposes the project a chance to speak up.
"Does it make sense to do this?" Carper asked. "Right now, I'm not sure."
Bradshaw said he welcomed a public hearing.
"That way everyone can have their say," he said.
Carper wants to know whether the timbering would keep people from using parts of the camp. He also wants to determine if timbering would damage the facilities.
"And I'd want to make sure the funds they get from this would outweigh the impact on the grounds," Carper said.