Topic ID #32957 - posted 6/19/2014 1:39 AM

Volunteer opportunity: Floor Installation at Gypsy Copper Powderhouse, Colville NF, WA

Jennifer Palmer

Colville NF
New! Floor Installation at Gypsy Copper Powderhouse

July 29-31, 2014

Must commit to entire session

Join us this summer for another rehab project at the Gypsy Copper Powderhouse! The Powderhouse was initially constructed as part of a larger, historic copper-mining complex, and is thought to have been built by the Hudson Bay Company in 1840. The Powderhouse and nearby mining cabin are the only buildings of the overall complex that remain intact, and are the two oldest standing structures on the Colville National Forest. The Powderhouse and other features of the surrounding mining complex have been the subjects of several past PIT projects. We have re-roofed the structures, have done building maintenance and landscape work, and have even completed surveys and surface artifact collections within the confines of the mining facility. But, it is anticipated that this will be the last PIT project for Gypsy - all that remains is to install the floor! PIT volunteers and FS Heritage Program personnel will spend several days preparing the foundation and laying the planks. After that, Gypsy will stand on her own! We invite both volunteers who have worked with us before and those new folks interested in seeing this iconic structure finally restored to its original condition. We hope to see you in July as we bid a fond farewell to our work on the Gypsy Copper Powderhouse!

Number of openings: 6

Special skills: Previous carpentry, construction, maintenance, historic restoration experience and/or knowledge of power tools helpful, but not required

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

Facilities: Dispersed tent camping available at no charge near Gypsy Meadow; additional tent and RV/trailer camping possible at East Sullivan Lake campground; water, bathhouse, hook-ups; fees may apply; Metaline Falls and Ione are full-service communities with hotels/motels, restaurants, and a range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging/personal camping equipment (including bear canisters), food water, and daily transportation; volunteers must comply with animal-proof food storage orders when occupying FS campsites

Nearest towns: Metaline Falls, 15 miles; Ione, 25 miles

Applications due: June 30, 2014

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