It will add to our overnight occupancy so we can host more campers on a weekly basis.
It will allow us to minister beyond the 10 week summer by developing multi-season winterized cabins allowing us to host spring and fall retreats along with outdoor education groups.
It will provide new adventure and recreation facilities like expanded swimming, convered riding arena, and much more.
|Staff, Guests, & Volunteer Beds||96||196|
|Retreat Center Beds||0||120|
*Proposed Occupancy is projected over phases of growth, and does not indicate total number of occupants at one given time.
Kidder Creek’s programs and facilities are designed to operate several small programs that are scheduled on a rotation. Many of our programs take campers out of our facility to experience wilderness and river adventures.
We have and will continue to minimize noise from our programs by:
During the summer of 2015 an independent company, “Traffic Works,” performed a Traffic Impact Study to assess the potential traffic impacts on South Kidder Creek Road, including the intersection at Highway 3. The study determined that the projected traffic increase will be “less than significant”, based on the Highway Capacity Manual published by the Transportation Research Board in 2010. No mitigation measures were recommended; however, we recognize the impact that more traffic will have on our neighbors. Even though the road can handle the increase, we are implementing practices to reduce our impact.
These practices include:
Ideas for the future:
Our secondary emergency access to the camp has been, and will continue to be, to exit through the Taylor Divide to Patterson Creek Road and out to Highway 3.
This route will continue to be for emergency ingress and egress only.
A portion of this road will be built to allow for our growth. The road will be improved to meet Cal Fire standards. Kidder Creek has the necessary easements from neighbors for this emergency ingress and egress.
Our pond utilizes water from the Barker Ditch. The pond is designed with an outflow returning water to the Barker Ditch for use by the water right holders downstream of camp property. Kidder Creek has met with shared water right owners to discuss this activity and has gained approval from all of the water right owners. The new pond will be lined to minimize water loss. Water loss from evaporation will be made up by water capture in the lined pond during the rainy season.
We will continue to use our existing well to pump water into storage containers. Tests have demonstrated that it can handle a portion of our growth. We recognize that in the future we will need to drill another well, and increase the volume of storage.
We have had early consultations with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Army corps of Engineers, and multiple visits and studies from state and local biologists to help us plan for the future and minimize the impact on natural resources.
We currently utilize the Klamath, Shasta Trinity and Rogue Siskiyou National Forests on the River, in Day Use areas and in the Wilderness. We operate within the limitations of our permit from the US Forest Service. We have a great working relationship with the Forest Service and have consistently worked within the guidelines that are set up for us. Kidder Creek annually pays a percentage of our revenue to the National Forest as required in our use permit.
We minimize our impact by:
From the very first week of camp in 1976, Kidder Creek has been a place where kids are known by name and treated as individuals. When we look to the future, we want to preserve the character of Kidder Creek and the special place where it is held in the heart of our community.
We will continue to be a resource to our community and county, we will always serve the kids in our “backyard” and we will invite others to join us for a life-changing experience in this beautiful valley.
The two boards decided to merge in 2006 for the benefit of both camps. There was no money exchanged and "Kidder Creek Orchard Camp" still exists as an independent 501C3 Non profit.
Mount Hermon makes no money off of Kidder Creek. In fact, Mount Hermon subsidizes the Kidder Creek operations every year because camper fees do not cover the cost to operate camp.
Yes, Kidder Creek pays many of the same taxes that our neighbors pay, however as non-profit organization we do not pay property taxes. Beyond paying taxes Kidder Creek gives back to the community by providing scholarships for Siskiyou County residents to attend camp.
The purpose of the Environmental Impact Report process is to answer this and other questions. We encourage everyone to read the full report.
Kidder Creek Director