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Closed! Whitehawk Lookout Repair and Maintenance

112968_d03 by USDA Forest Service by Joe Bergstrom
Whitehawk Lookout

July 11-15, 2016

Must commit to entire session

The Boise National Forest invites you out to the spectacular and wonderfully remote Bear Valley for the 2016 rehabilitation of the historic Whitehawk Fire Lookout! The lookout sits atop Whitehawk Mountain at an elevation of 8,369 feet above sea level, and was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1933. The structure has been determined eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), and is a representative example of Forest Service, fire-related resources constructed during the New Deal-era. The lookout is of a standard plan and retains its historic integrity, despite minor alterations since its construction. However, time and the elements have taken their toll on this national treasure, and we need your help to keep ‘er in tip-top shape: the lookout remains important for fire prevention, and is still staffed by the Boise National Forest every summer! So, during this PIT project, we will rehabilitate the exterior and interior of the lookout. The work will include minor carpentry…and plenty of scraping, painting and window repairs. We hope you’ll join us this summer as we give Whitehawk Lookout a much-needed facelift!

Number of openings: 4

Special skills: Volunteers must be physically capable of repetitive lifting, bending, standing, kneeling, and other strenuous, construction-related tasks for long periods each day, and in a variety of weather conditions; previous construction, carpentry, historic restoration, maintenance, and/or related experience helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: Tent and small RV (pop-up, trailer, etc.) camping available at no charge at FS base camp in Big Meadows below lookout; water, chemical toilets, picnic tables, and solar showers provided; no hook-ups; Stanley is a full-service community, with hotels/motels, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities, however, it is located approximately 45 miles (~1 hour, 40 minutes by car) to the east of the work site; volunteers responsible for own lodging/camping equipment and meals; daily transportation between designated meeting area and work site provided by FS

Nearest towns: Lowman, 20 miles; Stanley, 45 miles

Applications due: May 9, 2016
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