Topic ID #31691 - posted 3/10/2014 3:12 AM

Volunteer opportunity: Summit Springs Guard Station Roof Rehabilitation, Ashley NF, UT

Jennifer Palmer

Ashley NF
New! Summit Springs Guard Station Roof Rehabilitation, Part II

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

For more information, view the full listing here.


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