, the state's land attorney with the Agency of Natural Resources , recalls going to the Legislature with a proposal-based on the federal model.The camps would be allowed to stand on the land for 50 years or the life of the leaseholder , whichever came first.
The idea was to extend equal treatment to all leaseholders on public land.But the Legislature balked.
The Legislature felt it was not acceptable , and wanted to give the camps on state land a better deal , she
The whole idea of having a private benefit on a public land goes against the notion of the land being open to everyone , notes Ms. McGrath
Still , the phase-out was never fully embraced or completely understood by everyone who owns and uses their camps to pursue traditional interests like hunting , fishing , trapping , and lately , snowmobiling.
Last month the association held its annual meeting at Bob Bancroft's camp , which is located on a spur off South America Pond Road going toward Unknown Pond.South America Pond Road pretty much marks the western boundary of the proposed ecological reserve.Just off the road's shoulder to the east is Ferdinand Bog , which features the largest open wetland in the former Champion lands and plays host to a stunning variety of natural communities.