Ashley NF

Closed! Summit Springs Guard Station Roof Rehabilitation, Part III

June 8-18, 2015 (including weekends)

Must commit to entire session

Come spend spring with us in the High Uinta Mountains! Once again, the Flaming Gorge Ranger District is offering volunteers the opportunity to work on the Summit Springs Guard Station. Summit Springs is a nationally significant, historic Guard Station originally constructed during the 1930s. The Guard Station's purpose was to provide shelter for Forest Rangers and other Forest officers who typically spent the majority of their time on patrols and resource management projects in remote, back-country locations.

This spring's PIT project will build on our accomplishments in 2014. Last year, the main Guard Station received a brand new cedar shingle roof (1,700 square feet total), volunteers meticulously touched up paint on the building interior, and expertly helped assemble and install screen/storm windows. This year, we will replace the badly deteriorated rooftops on the bunkhouse and shop/garage with new cedar shingles. And, don't worry: there will be more than enough work to go around for volunteers who may not feel comfortable working on a roof. In fact, we will also need to take measurements and do planning for how to restore the Station's kitchen in the fall of this year, so stay tuned! Volunteers will work alongside historic preservation experts from the Historic Building Preservation Team and other members of FS staff who are committed to the long-term preservation and this outstanding cultural resource, which will be "recycled" into use through the FS Cabin Rental Program.

Summit Springs GS is one of a growing number of historically significant Ranger Stations and back-country Guard Stations that are or will be available for use by the public. Volunteers at Summit Springs will work in a breath-taking, scenic area with ample opportunity for wildlife viewing, hiking and world-class fishing. See you in June!

Number of openings: 5

Special skills: Previous roofing (particularly cedar shingle), carpentry, painting, and historic structure restoration helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: Primitive tent and small RV camping welcomed on-site at no charge; no facilities; Manila is a full-service community with motels, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging/personal camping equipment, food, water, and daily transportation to designated meeting area (if opting to stay off-site)

Nearest town: Manila, 20 miles; Dutch John, 30 miles; Vernal, 45 miles

Applications due: Closed!

Manti-La Sal NF

Closed! Preservation at the Great Basin Environmental Education Center, Part II

August 10-14, 2015

Must commit to minimum of two days

Sanpete Valley and the nearby Wasatch Plateau in central Utah ring with the history of western settlement and its environmental consequences. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, valley communities experienced catastrophic summertime floods. In 1912, the Great Basin Experimental Range was established as one of the first range research stations in the world. Its job was to discover how livestock overgrazing contributed to the floods, and how grazing practices could be changed in order to reduce the impacts. The Center's eight principal buildings were constructed during two periods, the first built between 1912 and 1913 and the last between 1934 and 1936. These buildings embody both the research successes of the facility and the inter-relationship of the Forest and its associated communities. The Great Basin Experimental Range was in continuous operation until 1972, and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). It is now known as the Great Basin Environmental Education Center (GBEEC), and is operated by nearby Snow College.

This PIT project is a continuation of one we began in 2012, and will, once again, take place as a partnership between the Forest and Snow College. It will be comprised of a variety of maintenance projects, which, this year, will include work on the Alpine Cabin, an isolated structure located near the mouth of Ephraim Canyon. The headquarters complex includes a museum, amphitheater, offices, and much more. Come enjoy the beauty and unique history of these buildings as you help care for them - see you in August!

Number of openings: 15

Special skills: Maintenance, construction, landscaping, and/or related special skills and/or experience with or interest in historic building preservation desired and helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 14 years old, under 18 with a responsible adult

Facilities: Sleeping quarters with bunk beds, full baths, and a large, communal kitchen available at no charge at the Center; space on site available for trailers (no hookups) and tents; Ephraim, Manti, and Mt. Pleasant are all full-service communities with hotels/motels/B&Bs, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging (if opting to stay outside of Center), bedding/camping equipment, food, and transportation

Nearest town: Ephraim Canyon/Ephraim, 10 miles; Manti, 16 miles; Mt Pleasant, 26 miles

Applications due: Filled!

Manti-La Sal NF

Closed! Wasatch Plateau Archaeological Survey Project

August 24-28, 2015

Must commit to entire session

Do you enjoy magnificent, high-altitude, mountain views? Do you like hiking through meadows full of wildflowers, all the while searching for flakes and stone tools that remain in prehistoric stone quarry sites? If so, then this is the project for you! The Wasatch Plateau Archaeological Survey Project is looking for PIT volunteers to spend an amazing week camping at the Historic Seeley Guard Station alongside archaeologists from the Manti-La Sal National Forest, as we survey and record large, prehistoric stone quarry sites.

The Wasatch Plateau - the area in which we will be working (at ~10,000 feet asl) - is located in central Utah, and has large outcrops of chert (a very high-quality toolstone) that ancient American Indians used as quarries to procure materials for making everything from projectile points to knives and hide-scrapers. We have only just started to scratch the surface of these quarry sites and have many questions about how and when they were used and, with your help, we will unlock more of the mystery! We will be looking for the quarry sites as we explore the beautiful high country, and will photograph, describe, and map them and their contents as we find them. Our project will involve hiking over relatively flat terrain, but at high altitude and up to two miles a day, so come prepared with sturdy (and broken in) boots, and a thirst for this hike into the past - see you in August!

Number of openings: 8

Special skills: Must be physically capable of hiking moderate distances over relatively flat terrain, at high elevations, and in a variety of weather conditions; previous archaeological survey, mapping, site recording, sketching, photography, and/or artifact identification is quite useful, but not required

Minimum age: 14 years old, under 18 with a responsible adult

Facilities: On-site tent and RV camping available at no charge at the historic Seeley Guard Station; pit toilet, no potable water, no hook-ups; Ephraim is a full service community with motels, restaurants, and a range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging/personal camping equipment, food, extra water, and daily transportation to and from designated meeting area (if opting to stay in Ephraim or one of the other towns)

Nearest town: Ephraim, 16 miles; Manti, 23 miles; Mt Pleasant, 31 miles

Applications due: July 27, 2015

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache NF

Closed! Boxes from the Bowels, Part III: Rehab of Excavated Materials from U-W-C NF

March 9-13 , 2015

Must commit to entire session

Come to Ogden this spring for another round of artifact curation! Between the 1980s and the present, archaeologists for the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest excavated several sites on Forest Service lands as part of ongoing projects. Due to limited time and funding, many artifacts collected from these sites had never properly cleaned, sorted and identified. That changed in 2012 with our first "Boxes from the Bowels" project, and it and the subsequent PIT project in the series completed this task. This year, the artifacts require formal cataloging so they can be curated. This will involve measuring, weighing, and describing artifacts, andentering all of these data into a digital database. The goal of this two-week PIT project is to complete this process for the collections from Strawberry Valley, Forest City, and Mill Creek Commissary.

In 1888, Strawberry Valley was the location of a massive military training maneuver by troops from Fort Douglas and Fort Duchesne, UT, and Fort Bridger, WY. The collection of artifacts from this site contains some of the most significant historic archaeological finds in the state of Utah, and includes a wide range of material classes from militaria to liquor bottles. The Forest City site was a large mining camp with a diverse population in use from the 1870s into the 1880s. The artifact collection contains a significant assemblage of late 19th century artifacts that give specific and detailed insight into how people lived and worked during this time and in this locale. Finally, the Mill Creek Commissary was a large logging camp in use from the late 1800s into the early 1900s, and served as a supply point for the multitude of loggers scattered throughout the Uinta Mountains. Its collection contains an incredible amount of bottle glass accumulated from the - mostly male - population's affinity for spirits.

Volunteers will get a hands-on glimpse of materials from each of these sites and a feel for the times and peoples they represent. Each participant will gain experience in the proper techniques of archaeological laboratory techniques from Forest Service staff, and will be exposed to the process of curation practices. Volunteers will also provide the Heritage Program the much-needed reinforcements to get all the artifact collections from these sites properly archived, cataloged, analyzed, and ready for curation! Everyone will be exposed to all aspects of the cataloguing and curation process, so gain some new skills or hone old ones, and join us for a third year of fun and education through the "Boxes from the Bowels" curation project!

Number of openings: 8

Special skills: No special skills are required, but preference will be given to those comfortable using computers and performing digital data entry. Applicants should also be detail-oriented, organized, and possess a willingness to learn. All volunteers must be physically capable of sitting and/or standing for long periods of time each day.

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: Project will take place within the Archaeological Laboratory, located in the basement of the Social Sciences Building at Weber State University; restrooms and drinking water available during work hours. Unfortunately there is no available Forest Service housing in the greater Salt Lake City/Ogden area, so volunteers will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and transportation. However, Ogden, Roy, and Layton are full-service communities with a full range of hotels/motels, restaurants, shopping, and other amenities. If you are or were a member of the United States military, Hill Air Force Base is only a few miles away from the project location.

Nearest town: Project located in Ogden; Roy, 5 miles; Layton, 8 miles

Applications due: January 26, 2015

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache NF

Closed! Roofing the Tony Grove Guard Station

August 24-28, 2015

Must commit to entire session

Join us on the beautiful Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest (UWCNF) this summer as we rehabilitate one of Utah's historic gems: the Tony Grove Guard Station! The Tony Grove Guard Station is located in Logan Canyon, and was originally constructed in 1907, during the Forest Service's infancy, and saw its first use as facilities and headquarters for the Forest Rangers. It was updated in 1934, during the "New Deal" Era, as the hub for the Tony Grove Tree Nursery. Many a famous building and other historic works began to appear on the scene here in Utah and nationally during this period, as efforts to recover from the economic impact of the Great Depression produced work relief programs such as the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Works Progress Administration (WPA). Young people working for these relief programs built many of the guard stations, campgrounds, amphitheaters, and other facilities on the UWCNF.

Unfortunately, just like many other constructs built by the CCC and WPA during the Great Depression and shortly thereafter, Tony Grove Guard Station has suffered both the toll of time and of the elements, and has fallen into disuse. Our goal this summer is to give the touch of TLC the Station needs, and we want your help! We will spruce up the Station with some general maintenance, and we will install a new cedar shingle roof. Volunteers will work with FS staff to complete the job, and you may just walk away with some new skills (or you may hone a few)! The goal is to have the guard station completely restored by spring of 2016, when it will be placed into the National Cabin Rental System. This "adaptive re-use" of the Station will aid in its continued preservation as it becomes a living, breathing structure once again, available to the public, and for use by recreationists for generations to come!

Previous experience with roofing/shingling is required for this project; please indicate your experience on your application.

Note: We will only take applications until all slots are filled, so apply today – see you in August!

Number of openings: 6

Special skills: Must be physically capable of (and comfortable with) working at heights, and must be physically capable of sustained lifting, bending, kneeling, and all else that goes along with roofing; previous experience with roofing/shingling is required for this project; additional general maintenance, carpentry, and/or construction experience helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: The project’s base camp will be located on-site at Tony Grove; tent and trailer/RV camping available at no charge; potable water provided by FS; bathroom facility (toilet only), tent or trailer showers; no hook-ups; all meals, cookware/utensils, and camp cook provided (during breakfast and dinner) to participants; Logan is a full-service community with hotels/motels, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging (if opting to stay off-site)/camping equipment, and daily transportation to and from work site (if opting to stay outside of Tony Grove)

Nearest town: Logan, 14 miles; Hyrum, 22 miles; Brigham City, 40 miles

Applications due: Filled