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


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