Topic ID #33113 - posted 7/14/2014 1:23 AM

Volunteer opportunity: Kennaday Peak Fire Lookout Tower PIT Project, Medicine Bow-Routt NF, WY

Jennifer Palmer

Medicine Bow-Routt NF
New! Kennaday Peak Fire Lookout Tower PIT Project

August 25-29; September 3-7, 2014 (including weekends)

Must commit to one full session; may participate in both

Are you looking for a rustic, remote getaway in Wyoming's Snowy Range? Look no further - the Kennaday Lookout Tower is calling your name! At an elevation of about 10,810 feet, the tower is perched atop Kennaday Peak, a popular hiking destination with incredible views of the surrounding area.

The goal of this PIT project is to preserve the Kennaday Lookout Tower so that it can continue to serve as a tourist attraction, and a symbol of early forest conservation. The original tower, a one-story wooden ground cab with a pyramid-shaped shingled roof and drop siding, was constructed in 1932. However, it was replaced in 1964 with a larger, two-story structure in response to the dramatic increase in wildland fires that occurred in the 1950s. The replacement fire lookout has been minimally modified over the years, retaining much of its historic integrity. PIT volunteers and FS staff will join preservation experts from HistoriCorps, a Colorado-based, public-private entity specializing in historic restoration, to conduct a variety of repairs. These will include evaluating and repairing the wood catwalk and railing; re-roofing the tower with rolled asphalt and re-roofing the vault toilet in cedar shingles; rehabilitating the windows and doors; and installing furnishings. HistoriCorps will provide the tools, safety equipment, and training necessary to complete the tasks, as well as three square meals a day, and water for crew during the hot and dusty work.

There is much to see and do in the beautiful surrounding area during the hours "off the clock," too. Volunteers can take a drive on the nearby Snowy Range Scenic Byway which crosses the Medicine Bow Mountains, or they can take advantage of unique opportunities for hiking, sightseeing, hunting and fishing. So learn a new skill or two or hone old ones during the day; explore the unique setting here afterward! We hope you'll join us this summer for a fascinating glimpse into the past as we preserve an important piece of Wyoming's history!

Number of openings: 12 (6 per session)

Special skills: Volunteers must be physically capable of sustained lifting, bending, kneeling, and standing at high altitude (10,000' asl) for several hours each day, and in a variety of weather conditions; previous roofing, maintenance, preservation, and/or related construction experience helpful, but not required

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

Facilities: Tent and RV (up to 32') camping at FS South Brush Creek Campground (~13 miles from Tower); water, vault toilets, no hook-ups; all meals provided; volunteers responsible for personal camping equipment and daily transportation to and from site (site accessible by a dirt road, but low clearance vehicles not recommended)

Nearest towns: Saratoga, 32 miles

Applications due: July 28, 2014

More info here.


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