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Utah - Manti-La Sal NF
Closed! Preservation at the Great Basin Station 2017

South_house_painted_2016.jpg by Charmaine Thompson, US Forest Service Archaeologist
Great Basin Station building painted by PIT volunteers in 2016

July 17-21, 2017

Must commit to a minimum of 2 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 Station is on the Wasatch Plateau in Ephraim Canyon and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

This connection between the Plateau and the Valley lives on because the facility is now the Great Basin Environmental Education Center (GBEEC), operated by Snow College in nearby Ephraim. This project is a partnership between the Forest and the College and, once again, we will complete a variety of maintenance projects at the Center, including painting this year. Come and enjoy the beauty of the landscape and the unique history and beauty of these buildings as you help care for them this summer!

Number of openings: 10

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 are all available at the Center at no charge; 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; volunteers responsible for own bedding/personal camping equipment, lodging (if opting to stay off-site), meals, and transportation

Nearest towns: Project based in Ephraim Canyon; Ephraim, 10 miles; Manti, 16 miles; Mt Pleasant, 26 miles

Applications due: Closed

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