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Closed!  Horn Mountain Fire Tower Site Restoration and Clean-up 

(Photo: Horn Mountain Fire Tower)

March 23-27, 2015

Must commit to minimum of two days
Join us this spring in the Rebecca Mountains as we "clean up the past" on the Talladega National Forest! The Horn Mountain Fire Tower is an aeromotor lookout tower and watchmen's quarters, originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1938. It was in regular use until the 1960s, but has fallen into disrepair since it was decommissioned. Not only have time and the elements taken their toll, it is a favorite site for hikers traversing the Pinhoti Hiking Trail to explore, and is located along an open Forest Service (FS) road. As such, it has collected its fair share of "trail debris" in addition to overgrowth by local vegetation. The site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 2009 and, beginning this year, we want to restore this historic treasure to its original form and luster. But, we'll need your help!

PIT volunteers and FS personnel will team up to take on the tasks of tower site clean-up and work on the watchmen's dwelling foundation. Most of our work will focus on site clean-up and repair, and will include pavilion roof repair, cleaning and re-chinking the mortar at the fieldstone overlooks, and excavating, cleaning, and stabilizing the watchmen's quarters foundation.

The FS will provide all tools and site orientation. This is an important project that promises to be a lot of fun - and it's in a very beautiful setting with much to see and do in those hours "off the clock." We hope you'll join us this year as we give the needed TLC to one of Alabama's historic gems!

Number of openings: 5

Special skills: Carpentry, masonry, welding, maintenance, construction, and/or previous historic structure restoration experience helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: Tent and small RV (pop-up/trailer) camping at no charge at Talladega District Campsites at Turnipseed; pit toilets, no potable water; additional camping at Cheaha State Park; developed sites, bathhouses and other amenities, restaurant on site; fees apply; Talladega and Ashland are full-service communities with hotels/motels, restaurants, and a range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging/camping equipment, food, water, and transportation

Nearest towns: Talladega, 10 miles; Ashland, 15 miles; Sylacauga, 25 miles

Applications due: Filled!

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