According to ALC General Manager Egan P. Willard, the most recent fire destroyed the Swanson's Dam Camp sometime in early September, an act that prompted the organization to offer a $50,000 reward to capture the arsonist(s) responsible.
The New York State Police is investigating the arson, Willard
said.The club also has hired AMRIC Associates, East Syracuse, as security a consultant.
SIXTH CAMP TO BURN
The Swanson's fire was the sixth arson fire to destroy one of the remote, rustic ALC camps, all of which were located in the Little Moose tract of the club.He
pointed out that on or about May 29, 2000, the Proctor Camp was burned to the ground.That arson was followed by the burning of Camp 9 and the Gorge Creek Camp, which was burned on or about April 15, 2003.
The Proctor Camp was rebuilt, but was torched on or around June 15, 2003.
According to Willard
, ALC workers discovered the burned remains of the Otter Brook Camp April 28, 2005.
The most recent arson, that of the Swanson's Dam Camp, took place at the Honnedaga tract of ALC
said.All of the camps are located in remote parts of the 53,000-acre club.
The camps can only be reached by canoe or down rough logging roads.
said that the Club is concerned that the arsonist could start a major forest fire in the Adirondacks.
said anyone with information can contact him at (315) 369-3025, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to POB 8, Old Forge, NY 13420.