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Closed! Painting a 1908 Relic: The Big Flat Guard Station
Big Flat Guard Station

August 1-5; 8-12, 2016

Must commit to one entire session; may participate in more

The Big Flat Guard Station is one of two administrative sites on the Fishlake NF, both of which date to 1908 – just several years after the creation of the Forest Service. The Station complex sits at 10,000 feet above sea level, near the edge of a large, beautiful meadow surrounded by an abundance of conifers and sparse aspen. Unfortunately, time, disuse, and the elements have taken their toll, and the Station and its outbuilding are in need of some tender, loving, care. For that, we need your help! During the two, week-long sessions this summer, PIT volunteers and Fishlake staff will begin this year’s endeavor by repainting the ranger's house, two stall barns, and the outhouse all back to the original colors (dark redwood and white trim).

The area is chock full of attractions, so there is much to see and do during your hours “off the clock!” In the evening near dusk, you can drive a mile down the road and see bull elk emerging from the tree line! Central Utah also offers many parks and monuments to visit, such as Fremont Indian State Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Capitol Reef National Park; several picturesque lakes and reservoirs like Puffer Lake, LaBaron Reservoir and, of course Fish Lake; and hiking trails like Skyline National Recreation Trail! All of these parks, monuments, lakes, and trails are within only a few hours’ drive (some much, much closer), and the scenery to and from is spectacular, offering many vistas for the photographer! We will also employ a cook to provide dinners Monday through Friday of each session. So, come help beautify this historic Utah treasure; stay for the views and activities! We hope to see you in August!

Number of openings: 20 (10 per session)

Special skills: Experience with house painting would be helpful, but not required.

Minimum age: 12 years old, under 18 with a responsible adult

Facilities: Tent and RV camping available on site at no charge; chemical toilet, water, and evening meals provided by FS; no hook-ups; Beaver is a full-service community with hotels/motels, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging/personal camping equipment, daytime meals, extra water, and daily transportation (if opting to stay off-site)

Nearest towns: Junction, 15 miles; Beaver, 20 miles; Marysvale, 30 miles

Applications due: Filled

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