Topic ID #32713 - posted 5/21/2014 2:42 AM

Volunteer opportunity: Pyramid Guard Station Preservation, Medicine-Bow Routt NF, CO

Jennifer Palmer

New! Pyramid Guard Station Preservation

June 25-29, 2014 (including weekend)

Must commit to enitre session

Join us this summer to preserve the historic Pyramid Guard Station, tucked away within the beautiful Medicine-Bow Routt National Forest, about 2 hours from Steamboat Springs! The buildings of the Pyramid Guard Station provide a glimpse into what life was like as a Depression-era Forest Ranger - and they are still in use today by volunteer backcountry horse patrols! The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed the guard station between 1934 and 1936, and it has the distinction of being one of the first complexes built by the CCC in Colorado. The structures include an office building, barn, blacksmith shop and woodshed; all excellent examples of Rustic style architecture which exhibit key stylistic characteristics such as log walls, overhanging eaves with exposed rafters, small-paned windows and the use of local materials in construction. The buildings were a part of a campaign to shift the agency's mission from basic land custodianship to extensive resource management and conservation and enhancement of natural resources during Roosevelt's "New Deal", building ranger/guard stations within the forests allowed rangers to react quickly to any threats to those resources. The buildings' construction also represents some of the best of the CCC's construction accomplishments seen in Colorado's Forest Service administrative design.

While the Pyramid Guard Station and its complex retain a high degree of historic integrity, the 80-year-old buildings need maintenance to continue to serve the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, and we need your help! Participants will work with professionals from HistoriCorps to conduct a variety of repairs, including repairing logs and reapplying daubing to the main house, garage, barn and workshop; improving drainage around garage and workshop; and removing vegetation surrounding the buildings.

HistoriCorps (HC) is a public-private venture between the FS and a Colorado non-profit, which specializes in the restoration and preservation of historic buildings on public lands. Volunteers will receive instruction in the proper methods of historic building restoration, and will receive training in the tools, skills, and safety techniques needed to complete each task. HC will provide participants with three delicious meals each day and with all tools and safety equipment. Not only will you have the opportunity to enjoy campfire camaraderie in an amazing setting, you'll gain the satisfaction of preserving this piece of history for future generations while learning historic preservation trade skills! Additionally, there is much to keep you busy during the "off-the-clock" hours, such as hiking, wildlife viewing, hunting, and fishing. So, join us this summer: you'll be blown away by the scenery, the food, and this unique glimpse into the past!

Number of openings: 6

Special skills: Must be physically capable of sustained lifting, bending, kneeling, standing, and associated labor for several hours each day at high altitude (8,420' elevation) and in variable weather conditions; previous restoration, maintenance, construction, and/or related experience helpful, but not required

Please note: Due to the high altitude, the remote location and labor-intensive nature of this project, volunteers with existing heart, breathing, or circulation conditions are discouraged from applying.

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: Limited space available at no charge in main cabin ('first come, first served'); water, toilets; tent and self-contained RV camping available on-site at no charge; no hook-ups; all meals provided; volunteers responsible for personal camping equipment and transportation

Nearest towns: Hayden, 30 miles

Applications due: Ongoing until filled

For more info, view the full listing here.


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