Topic ID #33117 - posted 7/14/2014 1:29 AM

Volunteer opportunity: Re-roofing the Blacksmith Fork Guard Station 2014, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache NF, UT

Jennifer Palmer

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache NF
New! Re-roofing the Blacksmith Fork Guard Station 2014

August 25-29, 2014

Must commit to entire session

Join us at the Blacksmith Fork Guard Station this summer as our rehabilitation project at the Station enters its second year! Blacksmith Fork Guard Station is located on the Logan Ranger District, within the Left Hand Fork of Blacksmith Fork Canyon. It was built sometime around 1934, during the "New Deal" Era, when efforts to recover from the economic impact of the Great Depression produced work relief programs including the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Works Progress Administration (WPA). Young men working for these relief programs built many of the guard stations, campgrounds, amphitheaters, and other facilities found on the Forest. Forest recreation employees used the Station regularly until 1982, when it was abandoned after the adjacent stream flooded and destroyed the Station's water system. Since then, lack of maintenance, the elements, and the passage of time have taken a heavy toll on the structure and, more recently, it has been the target of a great deal of vandalism. In 2012, work began to rehabilitate this guard station and, in the final stage of these efforts, it is ready to be re-roofed - and we need your help!

PIT volunteers and Forest staff will take on the task of re-structuring and re-shingling the building and giving those final touches of TLC to get the Station back in shape. The goal is to have it completely restored by fall of 2014, when it will be placed into the Forest Service's National Cabin Rental System. This "adaptive reuse" of the guard station will aid in its continued preservation and will make it available for the public to use and enjoy for generations to come! August is a superb time to be in this area, so come be a part of history and enjoy this beautiful part of the country - we hope to see you this summer!

Please note: previous roofing (especially shingling) experience is preferred. While not specifically a requirement, selection preference will be given to individuals meeting this criterion. Please indicate on your application if this applies to you.

Number of openings: 6

Special skills: Must be comfortable working at heights (work will be above ground); must be physically capable of lifting, bending, stooping, climbing, kneeling, and/or standing for extended periods each day, and in a variety of (sometimes unpredictable) weather conditions; previous roofing (especially shingling) experience preferred; previous construction, maintenance, and/or additional related experience helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: Tent and small RV (trailer) camping available at no charge at base camp (Guard Station work site) in Left Hand Fork of Blacksmith Fork Canyon; water, toilet facilities, showers (outdoor set-up or trailer shower); no hook-ups; meals and utensils provided; Hyrum, Providence, and Logan are full-service communities with hotels/motels, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging/personal camping equipment, and daily transportation to and from work site (if opting for accommodations outside of camp)

Nearest town: Hyrum, 10 miles; Providence, 12 miles; Logan, 14 miles

Applications due: July 28, 2014

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