Topic ID #32593 - posted 5/9/2014 1:51 AM

Volunteer opportunity: Savenac Historic Nursery Restoration Project, Lolo NF, MT

Jennifer Palmer

Lolo NF
New! Savenac Historic Nursery Restoration Project XIX

July 13-19, 2014 (including weekends)

Must commit to entire session

Savenac Nursery was established as a tree nursery 107 years ago on an abandoned homestead near St. Regis. Over the next 60 years of the Nursery's life, it was destroyed by fire (the Great Burn of 1910), rebuilt twice and, until its closure in 1969, had become the largest tree nursery in the Pacific Northwest, providing over 3 million seedlings throughout the region annually. After Savenac's closure, operations were moved to the newer Coeur d’Alene Nursery, but 10 of the original buildings (built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)), the landscaped grounds, and an arboretum of its exotic trees still remain. In 1999, Savenac was formally listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). With the combined efforts of dedicated PIT volunteers and Forest staff, the legend and beauty of Savenac continues.

This year will mark the Nursery's 19th annual PIT project and, once again, we'll focus on giving Savenac its annual dose of TLC! This summer's projects will include continued work on the Children's Forest near the spruce beds, construction of a display case in the museum for some recently acquired historic material, and repairs on two historic bridges. Additional projects will include, but are not limited to: painting, groundskeeping, trail construction, some minor construction projects, and a host of other, miscellaneous odds-and-ends to keep up the beauty of this historic treasure. We always have a lot of fun, so we hope to see you this summer for Year 19!

Number of openings: 30

Special skills: Water bottle, work gloves, and safety goggles required; construction, carpentry, painting, general grounds-keeping, landscaping, and/or restoration skills helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: FS housing provided at no charge; water, bath facilities; tent camping and limited RV parking available on site, no hook-ups; meals provided by FS; lodging and other amenities available at Lincoln's Silver Dollar Bar and Motel next to the Nursery; St. Regis and Superior are full-service communities with hotels/motels, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging (if opting to stay off-site) personal bedding/camping equipment, water bottle, safety equipment and transportation

Nearest towns: St. Regis, 15 miles; Superior, 30 miles

Applications due: June 2, 2014

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