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COLUMBIA — The U.S. Forest Service is temporarily moving its employees from the Enoree Ranger District Office in Newberry County to other locations in Union County and Columbia so renovation of the existing Enoree Ranger District administrative facilities can begin.

Renovation of the existing 3,500-square-foot building will consolidate the Tyger District Office in Union County with the Enoree Office into a single administrative unit.

“We will be temporarily closing the doors to our Enoree District Ranger Office on Sept. 1, 2013,” said Enoree District Ranger Beth LeMaster. “Some of our employees will be moving into our Tyger Office, some to Columbia, while others will be stationed at the ranger house. Although this may create a short-term inconvenience for our customers as well as our employees, renovating the Enoree office is a huge leap forward for long-term efficiencies.”

The Enoree Ranger District office renovation will include an addition of approximately 4,680 square feet to accommodate the full district staff from both the Enoree and Tyger district offices.

The renovations are certified by the Green Building Initiative’s “Green Globes” program, optimizing energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy; conserving water; and reducing the environmental impacts of materials. This includes the use of locally-sourced wood as construction material.

The improved facility is designed to include a visitor area, parking spaces for 50 employees and 10 visitors, and an outdoor covered pavilion.

“Perhaps the greatest benefit of combining the two offices is dramatically lessening our overall carbon footprint,” said LeMaster. “Consolidation will lower operating costs by eliminating the duplication of services, maintenance and utilities. It will also help us to better serve the public with all our services located out of one office”

When funding becomes available, the renovations to the work center complex will include additional outbuildings and parking spaces, and updates of the fuel station and antenna tower.

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