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November 16, 2010

Eagle Island Camp for sale

â Expenses, dipping attendance cited for National Historic Landmark property

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EASEMENTS

As for the efforts of Friends of Eagle Island, Engelhart said if they were looking to raise funds to buy, "they're going to have to compete against the open market, in a timely fashion."

Eagle Island Camp is not on the Architectural Heritage list of threatened historic sites, at least not yet.

"Someone could come along and buy it who is a wonderful steward," Engelhart said. "There is no reason at this point to put it on an endangered list. We don't know what's going to happen next, but we're definitely paying attention.

"We have written to the Girl Scouts and provided information about the benefits of preservation and conservation easements.

"We are just letting them know those options out there, and after 70 years of loving and caring for this island, we think they should have some sense of responsibility about its future. An easement is a mechanism to do that."

An easement could protect some previous usage rights.

Hardy, in starting up fundraising, asked what may be the key question:

"We are motivated by a common thought: What if Eagle Island was sold and ceased to be a summer camp and I did nothing to stop it—

E-mail Kim Smith Dedam at: kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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