A national forest has a lot of buildings, including an old-fashioned barn, and one of those is one that was built for the U.S. Forest Service in 1894.
The Forest Service says the Eagle Building is the oldest surviving structure in the U and has a long history dating back to the early days of the U’s logging operation.
And, as the name implies, the Eagle is the most powerful and versatile building in the forest.
It has a built-in antenna, an electrical system, and other functions that can be used to transmit and receive radio signals, the Forest Service notes.
So, how can a person who works in a building that’s about to be demolished make sure the building is built in a way that doesn’t need to be dismantled?
In the case of the Eagle, that means the building’s roof and other parts need to remain intact.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says it can’t do much to fix the roof and the building itself, but they can’t force the owner to dismantle it.
“The FAA does not require a building owner to destroy any structure of its own or to dismantle the structure itself,” says David Estrada, a spokesman for the FAA’s Bureau of Land Management.
“But it’s not a requirement that a structure be built in accordance with FARs [Federal Historic Preservation Act].”
“The building does need to come down, but the building doesn’t have to be destroyed.”
If the building owner wants to take down the roof, they can ask the FAA to help.
“A building owner can ask that the FAA provide them with the necessary permits to demolish the structure,” Estradas said.
The FAA has to issue permits for that, which are often used to help get structures demolished, and it can also take the building down in a public manner.
“It’s very difficult to actually remove the roof of a building because of FARs,” says Estrados.
“There are very strict limitations on the height and width of structures that are protected.”
“You can’t remove a building in a fashion that’s not in compliance with FAR.
But you can take the roof down.”
For example, if the building had been built before a 1930s air raid warning system was installed, that would have allowed the roof to be removed.
The building also needs to meet certain other requirements, including being a single-family residence.
The Eagle Building doesn’t qualify for this exemption, so it has to be a single family residence.
“You cannot just tear it down,” EStradas said, explaining that it’s more complicated to take a structure down than just tear a part of it down.
“And if the structure is a single household, you have to have a lot more work than just tearing it down.”
And if the roof is going to be used for purposes other than being a building, like for a solar panel, it has other requirements.
“If you tear it and you leave a lot that’s on the ground, that will be considered as a fire hazard and an obstruction of the highway, and that will have to come to a determination with the building and the FAA,” ESturs says.
“That’s going to take more time and money than just pulling the roof off.”
That means that if the Eagle building is to be torn down, the owners have to ask the Federal Aviation Authority (FPA) for a permit to do it.
The federal agency, which handles land use and safety issues for the Forest, doesn’t comment on individual applications, but a spokesperson told National Geographic that the agency is “committed to protecting the Eagle National Monument from destruction.”
“The federal agency has a responsibility to protect historic properties, which includes making sure that structures are constructed in accordance of FAR,” ESTRADA says.