Utah

Ashley NF

Closed! Summit Springs Guard Station Roof Rehabilitation, Part II

UT-4189
May 27-June 5, 2014 (including weekends)

Must commit to full session

Come spend part of your 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.

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 thorugh the FS Cabin Rental Program. This spring's work will build on our accomplishments in 2013. Last year, non-historic windows and doors were replaced with custom-made doors and windows accurate to the building's period of construction. Non-historic wood paneling was removed from the interior, interior walls were painted in original colors that were discovered in a closet, and first and second story floors were sanded and refinished. This year, we will replace the badly deteriorated roof with new cedar shingles and continue work on the Guard Station's interior. So, there will be more than enough work for volunteers who may not feel comfortable working on the roof top!

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 rental 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 May!

Number of openings: 4

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 community with motels, restaurants, and a 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: April 7, 2014


AshleyNF

Closed! "Swetting" to the Oldies: Swett Ranch Historic Preservation

UT-4215
August 18-22, 2014

Must commit to entire session

Join us this summer on the Ashley National Forest as we "Swett" through a bit of Utah history! Historic Swett Ranch is a classic example of an early pioneer homestead. Oscar Swett homesteaded the family's original claim in 1909, accumulating additional acreage over the next fifty-eight years and, with his wife, Emma, raised nine children. They were surrounded by resources of the mountains, and had only a few distant neighbors, operating the ranch by man and horsepower, long after trucks and tractors were available. Oscar used native logs and lumber in construction of buildings and fences. The majority of the Swett Ranch structures remain in their original locations, and the ranch is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

However, the structures have suffered the effects of time, weather, and disuse, and are in need of care and a little TLC - so we need your help! This year, PIT volunteers and Forest staff will fix up the original cabin and nearby outbuildings and other structures. At the cabin, we will replace shingles on the roof and we'll replace chinking on the log walls. The cabin will also need repairs to its windows. Additionally, we plan to repair the roof of the stables, repair or replace fencing around the site, and complete other repairs and maintenance as needed and as time allows. This really is a special and beautiful place, and what a unique piece of history! We hope you'll join us in August as we "reconstruct the past" at Swett Ranch!

Please note: we will accept applications only until the project is filled, so apply today!

Number of openings: 8

Special skills: Must be physically capable of repetitive lifting, bending, stooping, and other, related preservation tasks at high elevations (8,000' asl) for extended periods each day in an outdoor setting, and in a variety of weather conditions; Previous roofing, carpentry, construction, historic preservation and/or maintenance experience is preferred and helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: Tent and RV camping sites available near project area at Forest Service campgrounds, private resorts, and in nearby towns of Dutch John, Manila, and Vernal; amenities vary, fees may apply; Dutch John and Manila offer several accommodation options and have a small range of other amenities; Vernal is a full-service community with hotels/motels, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging/personal camping equipment, food, water, and daily transportation to and from designated meeting area

Nearest town: Dutch John 15 miles; Manila, 29 miles; Vernal, 37 miles

Applications due: Filled!


Fish Lake NF

Closed! Alma Christensen Trail Reconstruction Project 2014

UT-4205
July 14-18, 2014

Must commit to full session

Join us on the Fish Lake National Forest this summer as we return to beautiful Clear Creek Canyon! The historic canyon boasts towering walls of volcanic tuff, and leads to the tranquil remnant of the waters that cut the canyon long ago. The creek is lined with cottonwoods, and is peaceful and picturesque. The canyon's history and prehistory are as spectacular as the scenery: the ancient Fremont people lived here over 1,000 years ago and, more recently, in 1826, was part of the path taken by Jedediah Smith, famous all-American mountain man, while on his way to California. Also found here - and which will be the focus of this year's PIT project - is the Alma Christensen Trail. The trail was built in 1986, and followed the well-worn skids of Alma Christensen (1890 - 1957), who harvested and dragged cedar posts from the heights to his home in Clear Creek Canyon to create fence-lines and other structures. Alma and his family lived on and worked the land from around 1917 to 1944, and the Christensen ranch often doubled as a boarding house, school, and restaurant, and is said to have had the only telephone in the region.

In conjunction with the opening of the Fremont Indian State Park in 1987, the Christensen Trail became an interpretive path, managed jointly by the Park and the Forest Service. However, time, erosion, and use have worn down the path, and it is in need of a little care and maintenance. So, this year, PIT volunteers and Forest staff will work along approximately three miles of the trail to replace water bars and re-establish tread. There is much to see, do, and explore in this beautiful area during your hours "off the clock" as well, so we hope you'll join us in July as we repair this wonderful piece of Utah history!

Number of openings: 10

Special skills: General maintenance, landscaping, basic construction, and/or restoration experience helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 10 years old, under 18 with a responsible adult

Facilities: Tent and small RV (pop-up) camping available at no charge at FS Clear Creek Campground, nestled in a side-canyon shaded by cottonwoods; water, flush toilets; no hookups; Richfield is a full-service community with motels, restaurants, and a variety of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging/personal camping equipment, food, and transportation

Nearest town: Joseph, 8 miles; Marysvale, 16 miles; Richfield, 18 miles

Applications due: Closed!


Fish Lake NF

Closed! Looking for Traces of the Old Spanish Trail 2014

UT-4206
July 28-31, 2014

Must commit to full session

Join us in July for another hike along the Old Spanish Trail! Between 2009 and 2013, Forest Service staff and PIT volunteer crews have found wagon traces, swales, cairns and blazed trees left behind by mountain men and vaqueros traveling back and forth between Santa Fe and California (ca. 1831 - 1848). In the fall, typically more than 200 mule trains left Santa Fe for Los Angeles, and in the spring, thousands of horses and mules were herded back to New Mexico, driven by hundreds of men. Some of these men would leave marks on the history of the American West - Jedediah Smith, Old Bill Williams, Kit Carson, and Capt. John Gunnison are only a few of those whose footsteps still echo along the historic Trail.

Part of the Old Spanish Trail also wound its way through the mountains and passed through this area, where the Fish Lake cut-off intersected the main route. Once again this year, PIT volunteers and Forest staff will survey and metal detect for other traces of this National Historic Trail that may be found on the Fish Lake NF. This is beautiful country, and there is much to see and do in your "off hours," so we hope to see you this summer!

While it is not a requirement for volunteers to own metal detectors or to have metal-detecting experience, it is certainly helpful and most welcome if you do - the numbers of detectors we have on hand is somewhat limited. Please indicate on your application if you own and can bring a metal detector, and/or if you have metal-detecting experience.

Number of openings: 15

Special skills: Previous archaeological survey, mapping, artifact identification, and/or metal-detecting experience helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: Primitive tent camping at no charge along dirt road at the side of the Old Spanish Trail); chemical toilet provided by FS; potable water available ~4 miles from camp; Richfield and Salina are full-service communities with motels, restaurants, and a variety of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging/personal camping equipment, food, water, and transportation

Nearest town: Salina, 30 miles; Richfield, 48 miles

Applications due: June 23, 2014


Manti-La Sal NF

Closed! Porcupine Rim Rock Art Survey

UT-4182
May 12-16, 2014

Must commit to full session

Join us on the Manti-La Sal National Forest this spring for another hike into the past! Porcupine Rim, in the Maloy Park area, is located approximately 10 miles east of Moab. The area is home to multiple rock art panels, prehistoric and historic sites, and some outstanding views of the surrounding red rock canyon country, including Castle Valley, and populated by piñon, juniper, and mountain shrub plant communities.

During the course of our PIT project in this majestic area, we will locate and document a particularly significant rock art site and associated lithic scatter, and we will survey the adjacent area for other sites, features, and cultural phenomena. Participants will work with Manti-La Sal archaeologists to complete detailed scale drawings and photograph the rock art panel. We will also complete Intermountain Antiquities Computer Systems (IMACS) site forms, create site maps and inventories, and complete in-field artifact analyses. Our work here will be interesting, picturesque, and will provide unique insight into this area's prehistoric and historic past. We hope you will join us in May and be part of the team!

Number of openings: 12

Special skills: Must be physically capable of hiking approximately 4 miles each day at high altitudes (roughly 7600' asl), over moderate to difficult (broken/bushy) terrain, and in a variety of weather conditions; previous archaeological survey, artifact and feature recognition, site recording/mapping, sketching, photography, and/or GPS experience helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 15 years old, under 18 with a responsible adult

Facilities: Undeveloped tent and small RV (pop-up) camping available at no charge in the Maloy Park area; vault toilets, no potable water, no hook-ups; Moab is a full-service community with hotels/motels, B&Bs, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging/personal camping equipment, food, water, and daily transportation to and from designated meeting area (access to site area via the graded Sand Flats Road; undeveloped but traversable by most vehicles)

Nearest town: Moab, 10 miles

Applications due: March 31, 2014


Manti-La Sal NF

Closed! Tracking the Ancient Ones: Artifact Cataloging at Edge of the Cedars Museum, Part III

UT-4187
April 28-May 2, 2014

Must commit to full session

In the 1970s, archaeological surveyors working on the Manti-La Sal National Forest in Southeastern Utah documented hundreds of Ancestral Puebloan sites on the flanks of Elk Ridge and the Abajo Mountains. They also collected thousands of surface artifacts. These collections are invaluable sources of information for determining the ages and functions of sites. In fact, they are often the only source of dating and cultural use information for some sites, as later, illegal artifact collecting has erased the ability to accurately interpret them. The artifacts recovered during the 1970s' studies are curated at Edge of the Cedars State Park and Museum in Blanding. Edge of Cedars Museum is a premier facility that boasts many fine Southwestern archaeological exhibits, including unique artifacts, rock art, and even a stabilized ruin.

Come join Edge of the Cedars Museum staff and archaeologists from the Manti-La Sal National Forest once again as we continue to catalog these collections! You will learn or brush up on how to identify Ancestral Puebloan ceramics and get introduced to skills in stone artifact identification, or hone ones you have. You'll also see the inner-workings of a working museum and learn how both artifacts and the data we can derive from them are preserved. Most of all, you'll learn how the information captured in the artifacts brings to life a complex story of life and migration during Ancestral Puebloan times. We hope to see you again this spring!

Number of openings: 12

Special skills: Previous artifact identification (especially Ancestral Puebloan ceramics) and/or laboratory experience helpful, but not required

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

Facilities: Blanding is a full-service community with motels, RV parks, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities; RV parks (full hookups and some with wireless Internet) and several amenities also available in Bluff and Monticello; volunteers responsible for own lodging, meals, and daily transportation

Nearest town: Project based in Blanding; Monticello, 24 miles; Bluff, 25 miles

Applications due: March 17, 2014


Uinta-Wasatch-Cache NF

Deadline Extended (through 8/8/14)! Re-roofing the Blacksmith Fork Guard Station 2014

UT-4216
August 25-29, 2014

Must commit to entire session

Join us at the Blacksmith Fork Guard Station this summer as our rehabilitation project at the Station enters its second year! Blacksmith Fork Guard Station is located on the Logan Ranger District, within the Left Hand Fork of Blacksmith Fork Canyon. It was built sometime around 1934, during the "New Deal" Era, when efforts to recover from the economic impact of the Great Depression produced work relief programs including the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Works Progress Administration (WPA). Young men working for these relief programs built many of the guard stations, campgrounds, amphitheaters, and other facilities found on the Forest. Forest recreation employees used the Station regularly until 1982, when it was abandoned after the adjacent stream flooded and destroyed the Station's water system. Since then, lack of maintenance, the elements, and the passage of time have taken a heavy toll on the structure and, more recently, it has been the target of a great deal of vandalism. In 2012, work began to rehabilitate this guard station and, in the final stage of these efforts, it is ready to be re-roofed - and we need your help!

PIT volunteers and Forest staff will take on the task of re-structuring and re-shingling the building and giving those final touches of TLC to get the Station back in shape. The goal is to have it completely restored by fall of 2014, when it will be placed into the Forest Service's National Cabin Rental System. This "adaptive reuse" of the guard station will aid in its continued preservation and will make it available for the public to use and enjoy for generations to come! August is a superb time to be in this area, so come be a part of history and enjoy this beautiful part of the country - we hope to see you this summer!

Please note: previous roofing (especially shingling) experience is preferred. While not specifically a requirement, selection preference will be given to individuals meeting this criterion. Please indicate on your application if this applies to you.

Number of openings: 6

Special skills: Must be comfortable working at heights (work will be above ground); must be physically capable of lifting, bending, stooping, climbing, kneeling, and/or standing for extended periods each day, and in a variety of (sometimes unpredictable) weather conditions; previous roofing (especially shingling) experience preferred; previous construction, maintenance, and/or additional related experience helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: Tent and small RV (trailer) camping available at no charge at base camp (Guard Station work site) in Left Hand Fork of Blacksmith Fork Canyon; water, toilet facilities, showers (outdoor set-up or trailer shower); no hook-ups; meals and utensils provided; Hyrum, Providence, and Logan are full-service communities with hotels/motels, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging/personal camping equipment, and daily transportation to and from work site (if opting for accommodations outside of camp)

Nearest town: Hyrum, 10 miles; Providence, 12 miles; Logan, 14 miles

Applications due: July 28, 2014