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Closed! Preservation at the Great Basin Environmental Education Center 2016

The_lodge_great_basin_station by USDA Forest Service/Sara Stauffer
The Lodge at Great Basin Station

July 18-22, 2016

Must commit to a minimum of two days

Sanpete Valley and the adjacent Wasatch Plateau in central Utah ring with the history of western settlement and its environmental consequences. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, valley communities were repeatedly hit by catastrophic summertime floods off the Plateau. The Great Basin Experimental Range was established in 1912 on the Manti-La Sal National Forest as one of the first range research stations in the world. Its job was to discover how livestock overgrazing contributed to these floods, and how grazing practices needed to change. The eleven-building Center is on the Wasatch Plateau in Ephraim Canyon, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

The connection between the Plateau and the Valley lives on because the facility is now the Great Basin Environmental Education Center, operated by Snow College in nearby Ephraim. This year’s project is, once again, a partnership between the Forest and the college and will complete a variety of maintenance projects. One project in particular will include work on the Alpine Cabin, an isolated cabin located near the head of Ephraim Canyon. Come and enjoy the beauty and unique history of these buildings as you help care for them again this year!

Number of openings: 16

Special skills: Experience with or interest in historic building preservation is desired; previous construction, historic preservation, history (especially local), and/or general maintenance experience helpful, but not required

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

Facilities: Sleeping rooms with bunk beds, full bathrooms, and a large kitchen all available at the Center at no cost; space for trailers (no hookups) and tents on site; Ephraim, Manti, and Mt. Pleasant are full-service communities, with motels, RV parks with full hookups, restaurants, and a range of other amenities

Nearest towns: Ephraim, 10 miles; Manti, 16 miles; Mt Pleasant, 26 miles

Applications due: May 16, 2016
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