Historic forest cabin to move Friday




TROUT LAKE — The Willard Tool House, built in 1940 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, will be moved on Friday 16 miles to its new home at Peterson Prairie.

Arsenault, LLC, of Bend, Ore., has been awarded a contract to move the structure, which will be restored and added to the rental program.

The former Peterson Prairie Guard Station, an even older structure, was destroyed by fire two years ago.

The Willard Tool House is a former tool house and bunk house in the community of Willard along the upper Little White Salmon River in eastern Skamania County.

It will be lifted from its foundation, placed on a trailer and driven slowly over Gifford Pinchot National Forest roads to its new location.

The Forest Service and non-profit Mount Adams Institute began restoration of the Willard Tool House in 2013. Additional volunteer work is scheduled this October, with interior remodeling planned into 2015.

Once the Peterson Prairie Guard Station burned, only Government Mineral Springs Guard Station exists for recreation rental in the GPNF and has a high occupancy rate.

Additional information is available on the Mount Adams Institute website at www.mtadamsinstitute.com/support/petersen-prairie-cabin-replacement-project or by contacting David Wickwire at the Mount Adams Ranger District at 509-395-3421 or dfwickwire@fs.fed.us.