Topic ID #33115 - posted 7/14/2014 1:26 AM

Volunteer opportunity: OTO Dude Ranch Main Lodge Roofing Project 2014, Gallatin NF, MT

Jennifer Palmer

Gallatin NF
New! OTO Dude Ranch Main Lodge Roofing Project 2014

August 4-15, 2014 (including weekends)

Must commit to entire session

Join us for our third and final year at the Historic OTO Dude Ranch! OTO is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), and was the first licensed dude ranch in Montana. In 1898 Dick Randall, his wife Dora, and their two small children, son Gay and daughter Bess, purchased rights along Cedar Creek, two miles east of the Northern Pacific Line in the shadow of the Absaroka Mountains. Randall started out as a wilderness outfitter and guide. By 1910, the business was so popular and had so many guests that the family began building the first five of the ten existing cabins. In the spring of 1912, OTO officially opened to "dudes." Construction of the main lodge began in 1914 and was completed in September of 1920.

Gallatin National Forest purchased the Randall lands (some 3,265 acres) in 1991 for elk habitat as part of the Northern Yellowstone Winter Range Acquisition Project. The OTO Dude Ranch complex is now an administrative site, which encompasses 28 acres and is comprised of several historic buildings. The passage of time has taken its toll on the structures, and OTO Dude Ranch needs your help! Specifically, the main lodge is in need of a new roof. PIT volunteers and Forest staff will stabilize the building by installing the new shingle roof, and doing the tasks associated with stabilization of the structure. Additionally, there will be an opportunity to clean and record historic horse tack before it is stored away, and there may be a chance for us to do some foundation work on OTO's 10 cabins. All tools and building materials will be supplied, and there will be camp talks given by Forest Service professionals a couple of nights each week. The scenery is breathtaking, and there is much to see and do during "off hours." We hope to see you in August!

Please note, this is Grizzly country, so please strictly obey all food storage and safety rules! Also, we will accept applications only until the project is filled, so apply today!

Number of openings: 10

Special skills: Previous roofing, construction, historic restoration, general maintenance, and/or artifact cleaning experience helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: Housing provided at no charge in FS cabins (8 two-bunk cabins); chemical toilets, water, shower tent provided by FS; RV parking availiable off site; no hook-ups; all meals provided by FS; volunteers responsible for personal bedding/pads and transportation

Nearest towns: Gardiner, 10 miles

Applications due: Ongoing until filled

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