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New Mexico - Lincoln NF
Closed! Mauldin Barn Stabilization for Further Preservation Treatment

Mauldin Barn 2022.jpg by Mark Gutzman, US Forest Service
Mauldin Barn, Photo by Mark Gutzman

August 1-5, 2022

Volunteers must commit to entire session

Join us this summer on the fantastic Lincoln National Forest! Out in this region of southern New Mexico lies an old homestead. It was the homestead established by the Grandfather of Bill Mauldin, the famous WWII Comic artist of Willie and Joe fame, and the last remaining structure of the property is the barn. What remains of the homestead is now part of the Lincoln National Forest and, in preparation for further preservation treatment, the barn – after having suffered the effects of time and weather – will be stabilized to prevent further collapse. Volunteers will participate in a number of different preservation and stabilization activities to ensure the barn stays secure, and everyone will be assigned tasks based on their experience, interests, and, of course, where we need you most!

There are many "off the clock" activities participants may find interesting, including nearby White Sands National Monument, the Museum of Manned Spaceflight, the National Solar Observatory at Sunspot, and the childhood home of Bill Mauldin himself, in Mountain Park where you can pick apples and cherries, depending on the season. We hope you’ll come out to help us this August!

Please note: all volunteers will be required to follow current COVID-19 guidelines, which may include social-distancing, providing proof of qualifying vaccinations, and/or the wearing of masks. Further, due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, this project could be amended, postponed, or canceled. Selected volunteers are encouraged to remain in contact with project leads to stay apprised of any changes.

Number of openings: 6

Special skills: Previous experience working with large timbers, metal I-beams, general metal work, construction, and/or building stabilization helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: Tent or small (pop-up) RV camping available at no charge at worksite; area campgrounds also available; facilities will vary, and fees may apply; Cloudcroft and Alamogordo are full-service communities with hotels/motels, B&Bs, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own camping equipment/lodging, food, water, daily transportation to and from worksite (if opting to stay at area campgrounds or in town), and any associated campground fees

Nearest towns: Cloudcroft, 14.3 miles; High Rolls, 22.2 miles; Alamogordo, 35.2 miles

Applications due: May 30, 2022

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