California - Lassen NF
New! The Bridge Campground Survey Project
Volcanic terrain in the Hat Creek Ranger District with Mt Shasta in the background
August 26-30, 2019
Volunteers must commit to entire session
Come learn to survey and record archaeological sites this summer on the Lassen National Forest! The Bridge Campground Survey Project is located in beautiful Hat Creek, roughly 1.5 miles north of the unincorporated community of Old Station. Old Station was once known as Hat Creek Station, and was founded in 1856 as a temporary military outpost and California Stage Company station. The area is also within the traditional territory of the Pit River tribe, and at least one known, armed conflict took place between Euromerican settlers and the Pit River tribe at Hat Creek Station in 1859.
The project area is relatively flat and rocky with elevations between 3,800 and 4,200 above mean sea level. Since the area is near both water and the historic community of Old Station, there is a high probability that never-before-seen archaeological sites (both historic and prehistoric) could be found during this survey – possibly by you! The Hat Creek Ranger District is particularly excited about this survey due to the presence of an historic trail on General Land Office maps of the area from 1882 that is currently unrecorded. In short, we know there is something there, we just don’t know what!
This project is for the novice and the experienced, but we will teach you everything you need to know, including proper survey techniques, mapping, and artifact identification. There is also much to see and do in your hours “of the clock:” fantastic vistas and multiple trails (including the Pacific Crest Trail), points of interest (Subway Cave, Hat Creek Rim Overlook etc), and Lassen Volcanic National Park are within 30 minutes of the project location. We hope to see you in August!
Number of openings: 10
Special skills: Volunteers must be physically capable of hiking at least 3 miles a day, over often rocky terrain and in variable weather conditions, while carrying food and water; previous archaeological survey, mapping, and site recording experience a plus, but not necessary – we will teach you everything you need to know, including starting off the session by re-recording a known archaeological site in the area
Minimum age: 18 years old
Facilities: Bridge and Rocky Campgrounds border the project area, and will be made available to participants at no charge during the session (normally $10 a night); Old Station is a full-service community, with multiple hotels/motels, RV parks, lodges, restaurants, and resorts; Burney is also a full-service community, but is located approximately 40 minutes from the project’s northern edge; volunteers responsible for own lodging/camping equipment, food, water, and daily transportation to and from designated meeting areas (if opting to lodge off-site)
Nearest towns: Project based out of Hat Creek; Old Station, 1.5 miles; Burney, ~15 miles; Fall River Mills, ~30 miles
Applications due: July 1, 2019