Topic ID #33116 - posted 7/14/2014 1:27 AM

Volunteer opportunity: "Swetting" to the Oldies: Swett Ranch Historic Preservation, Ashley NF, UT

Jennifer Palmer

Ashley NF
New! "Swetting" to the Oldies: Swett Ranch Historic Preservation

August 18-22, 2014

Must commit to entire session

Join us this summer on the Ashley National Forest as we "Swett" through a bit of Utah history! Historic Swett Ranch is a classic example of an early pioneer homestead. Oscar Swett homesteaded the family's original claim in 1909, accumulating additional acreage over the next fifty-eight years and, with his wife, Emma, raised nine children. They were surrounded by resources of the mountains, and had only a few distant neighbors, operating the ranch by man and horsepower, long after trucks and tractors were available. Oscar used native logs and lumber in construction of buildings and fences. The majority of the Swett Ranch structures remain in their original locations, and the ranch is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

However, the structures have suffered the effects of time, weather, and disuse, and are in need of care and a little TLC - so we need your help! This year, PIT volunteers and Forest staff will fix up the original cabin and nearby outbuildings and other structures. At the cabin, we will replace shingles on the roof and we'll replace chinking on the log walls. The cabin will also need repairs to its windows. Additionally, we plan to repair the roof of the stables, repair or replace fencing around the site, and complete other repairs and maintenance as needed and as time allows. This really is a special and beautiful place, and what a unique piece of history! We hope you'll join us in August as we "reconstruct the past" at Swett Ranch!

Please note: we will accept applications only until the project is filled, so apply today!

Number of openings: 8

Special skills: Must be physically capable of repetitive lifting, bending, stooping, and other, related preservation tasks at high elevations (8,000' asl) for extended periods each day in an outdoor setting, and in a variety of weather conditions; Previous roofing, carpentry, construction, historic preservation and/or maintenance experience is preferred and helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: Tent and RV camping sites available near project area at Forest Service campgrounds, private resorts, and in nearby towns of Dutch John, Manila, and Vernal; amenities vary, fees may apply; Dutch John and Manila offer several accommodation options and have a small range of other amenities; Vernal is a full-service community with hotels/motels, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging/personal camping equipment, food, water, and daily transportation to and from designated meeting area

Nearest town: Dutch John 15 miles; Manila, 29 miles; Vernal, 37 miles

Applications due: Ongoing until filled

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