Gerald Freeman Campground Volunteers Won’t Be There This Year
For years volunteers came to Gerald Freeman to clean up the winter debris, paint, rake leaves, cut trees, haul debris off, fix picnic benches, get benches out of the river after floods, show up after numerous floods to get the grounds ready for campers, and so much more. But, this year after the rules has changed for compensation of all the work the volunteers perform, they decided it’s not fair to them since they use their own vehicles, power-washers, chain saws, gas, tools, and other items most of the time and have decided not to show up. The Corp of Engineers (COE) decided to change the compensation from 1-day Free camping for every 4-hours work to 1-day Free camping for every 16-hours work! The work these volunteers do would take $1000’s of dollars to hire outside workers to do, where most of the site they stay on during the year would be vacant anyways.
The volunteers have always been ready to assist the COE when there is a flood, high winds that caused damaged, or other emergencies that the COE didn’t have the manpower to handle. The COE made the changes and Brandy Accord, the new project manager is in charge and won’t budge and meet the volunteer’s half way. Camping Season opens April 12th for the 2019 season and if you happen to be camping let the COE know if the campground isn’t up to par and maybe their new changes can be rethought.
***For years Danny and I volunteered and enjoyed camping all year by vouchers and by paying for nights. Until you volunteer you don’t realize how much work is done prior to the opening season. I have a feeling the COE will realize how much the volunteers did when the season opens on April 12th.