Bradshaw expects the timber to bring in about $250,000. He said that would outweigh any negative effects on the camp.
"It wouldn't hurt the park at all," he said.
Bradshaw said he would require that only one road be built into the timbered area to remove the trees. No trees would be cut near camp facilities.
"People wouldn't even be able to see where it's been timbered unless they were riding on the horse trails," Bradshaw said.
Camp Manager Justin Lynch worked for both the U.S. Forestry Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service before coming to Kanawha County. He usually doesn't favor timbering but said this proposal could be beneficial if done correctly.
"I come from a conservation background," he said. "As long as it's done right, and a proper plan is followed, I think it can be good for the forest."
The plan is to selectively cut trees, rather than clear-cut.
Many of the trees are very old and the forest has become overgrown, said Kerri Wade, a West Virginia University extension agent who advises the foundation board.
"It's at a point where the old timber is not in good shape and it needs to be cleared out," Wade said.
Board members want to keep the campgrounds healthy and attractive, she added.
"We'll be following best practices," Wade said.
A forester would have to draft a management plan before any timbering could take place, Bradshaw said.
The board is working with West Virginia University's Division of Forestry and Natural Resources to develop the management plan, he said.
A timbering company would be contracted through a competitive bidding process, Bradshaw said. He said the project would begin next spring at the earliest.
The issues will be discussed today in the commission chambers in the county courthouse. The meeting starts at 5 p.m.
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