Veterans Legacy and Lane County to celebrate transfer of Forest Work Camp during dedication ceremony on Nov. 9

Veterans Legacy and Lane County to celebrate transfer of Forest Work Camp during dedication ceremony on Nov. 9
Posted on 11/08/2018

Veterans Legacy and Lane County will celebrate the transfer of the former Forest Work Camp to Veterans Legacy, which will use the property to house its rehabilitative programs for veterans. The sale price was $1.00. The property will be known as Camp Alma.


The ceremony is Friday, November 9, at 12:00 p.m. at Camp Alma (21500 Siuslaw River Road, Veneta). The event is open to the media and to the public.


“Transferring the property to Veterans Legacy is a fantastic way to support a program looking to treat a critical need in our community,” said Board of Lane County Commissioners Chair Jay Bozievich. “It also has the secondary benefit of eliminating the high cost of a mothballed facility from the County’s limited budget.”


“This vote of confidence from the Commissioners is indeed humbling and an honor for Veterans Legacy,” said Dr. LeBow.  It serves as a challenge to redouble our efforts to get up and running to serve our veterans in need as well as make the citizens of Lane County proud of their part in the process and results”.


The ceremony will include remarks from Veterans Legacy Board Director John LeBow and Lane County Commissioner Gary Williams – concluding in a ceremonial signing of transfer documents and changing of the flags.


Tours of Camp Alma will be available after the ceremony.


About Veterans Legacy:

Veterans Legacy is a non-profit, 501c3 organization focused on providing integrated treatment in a rural setting to veterans. Veterans Legacy treatment includes therapeutic agriculture and utilizing multiple resources to address the individual’s medical and psychological needs. It aspires to provide treatment for PTSD and other adjustment disorders while continuing supportive therapy for associated co-morbidities such as drug and alcohol addictions.


Property Background:

The property is 105.7 acres located 40 minutes west of Eugene. It first opened as the Sheriff’s Forest Work Camp in 1991. It was ultimately closed in 2008 due to budget reductions and turned over to Lane County Public Works. Staff recommended to the Board that the camp could be of more beneficial use by selling, transferring or leasing the property to another entity. In 2016, after a competitive public process, the Board of Commissioners leased the property to Veterans Legacy with an option to purchase. In 2018, Veterans Legacy requested to purchase the property.