Leaving the Trail 2020 - Passport in Time

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Closed! Leaving the Trail - Hunting for Heritage

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The North Umpqua Trail
June 15-19, 2020
Volunteers must commit to entire session

Come join us in discovering 10,000 years of prehistory of the North Umpqua Trail! In what is likely more than 100 years of use, the North Umpqua Trail has never had an archaeological inventory conducted, leaving valuable knowledge buried and threatened; prehistoric use of the North Umpqua River corridor remains a mystery. However, a rise in recently discovered archaeological sites in close proximity to the Trail have come to the forefront of our preservation needs on the Umpqua National Forest. Increasing and heavy recreational use of the trail, as well as the myriad natural disasters that continue to impact it, have created a dire need to understand and document the cultural history along the River. This Passport in Time project will consist of surveying several sections of trail located in old-growth forests along the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River. You will get a one of a kind experience surveying areas with 180-degree views of the river, measuring rare and invaluable artifacts and/or features, creating photo inventories of both archaeology and common wildlife encountered along the river, and working with GPS equipment to record locations. Not only will an inventory like this one only be possible with the help of the public through programs like PIT, this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to hike this adventurous trail – see you in June!

Number of openings: 6

Special skills: Previous archaeological survey, GPS, mapping, photography, artifact identification, and/or area history/prehistory experience helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: Tent and small RV (e.g., pop-up or truck bed) camping available at no charge at designated FS campgrounds; water, pit or chemical toilet; no hook-ups; Dry Creek is east from our projected starting point, but has only a single convenience store; Glide and Roseburg are full-service communities with hotels/motels, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own camping equipment/lodging, meals, and daily transportation to and from designated meeting areas (please note that we may begin at different locations every day

Nearest towns: Dry Creek, ~12 miles; Glide, ~19 miles; Roseburg, ~35 miles; Winston, ~38 miles

Applications due: April 6, 2020

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