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Recording an Historic Railroad in the CRGNSA & Mt. Hood NF

Bridal Veil PIT Version 3.jpg by Chris Donnermeyer, US Forest Service
 Archaeological Survey of the Bridal Veil Lumber Company Railway



OR-4383
July 30-August 3; August 13-17, 2018

Must commit to 1 entire session; may participate in both

Join us this year within the beautiful Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Mt. Hood National Forest! We are seeking PIT volunteers for assistance in recording an historic logging railroad. The railroad has been long abandoned and out of use. But, during the Eagle Creek Fire in the fall of 2017, features were discovered in relation to the structure. We are hoping to fully record the site and its features along the length of what has been exposed and what is known about its historic trajectory. It is an important part of the history of this region, and you will be able to say you helped get the railroad “back on the map” – we hope to see you this summer!

Number of openings: 16 (8 volunteers per session)

Special skills: Volunteers must be physically capable of hiking long distances each day over varying (often steep) terrain, and in a variety of weather conditions; the successful applicant should also be detail-oriented, and able to work both independently and with a group; previous archeological survey, site recording, mapping, photography, and/or historic (particularly railroad) artifact identification helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: Tent and RV campsites available at no charge at beautiful Ainsworth State Park (~25 miles from site area); water, flush toilets, showers; limited availability (reservations recommended), but full hook-up pads (hook-ups at volunteer expense); the Forest Service may be able to provide housing (located 45 minutes from the work site); if selected, please discuss details and availability with the project leader at time of contact; other amenities available within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area; amenities vary, and fees may apply; Cascade Locks, Stevenson (WA), and Hood River are full- to limited-service communities, with camp sites, motels, restaurants, and a range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging/camping equipment (and bedding, if opting for FS housing), meals, water, and daily transportation to and from designated meeting areas

Nearest towns: Project based out of Ainsworth State Park; Cascade Locks (closest to CRGNSA), 10 miles; Stevenson, WA, 12 miles; Hood River, 30 miles

Applications due: June 4, 2018

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