Forest Service bestows Volunteer Award

Grants Pass resident Jim Ford received a 2008 Volunteer Award on Tuesday from the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region for his efforts to restore and maintain the historic Cedar Bark House on the Powers Ranger District.

Ford, along with his family, was cited for working in partnership with the agency on the project for the past six years. In addition to volunteering his time, he coordinated the efforts of more than 1,000 hours of volunteer labor, saving taxpayers thousands of dollars, according to Scott Conroy, supervisor of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

"Mr. Ford serves as an inspiration to many people for his leadership and personal commitment to the restoration and maintenance of the Cedar Bark House," Conroy said in a prepared statement. "He has been the spearhead behind the work to restore the Cedar Bark House . . . his efforts have truly been tremendous."

The unique structure was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the CCC in 1933 as a government work program that put thousands of young men to work on public lands.

Local residents refer to the Cedar Bark House as the Ferris Ford House because Ferris Ford, Jim Ford's father, left his mark with his work in the forest. He was a Forest Service employee serving as a CCC camp superintendent in Oregon and Washington, and worked on what was formerly the Siskiyou National Forest.

Ferris Ford died in the mid 1950s as a result of injuries suffered while attempting to save another person in a landslide along the South Fork of the Coquille River, a short distance from the Cedar Bark House.

Once the Cedar Bark House is fully restored, the agency plans to make it available to the public for overnight stays as part of its recreational rental program.

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