Fire lookout towers like this were once critical assets in the fight against forest fires. Today, advances in fire management technology has rendered lookouts relics of the past, and just a handful of fire lookouts are still actively staffed. Because they offer incredible views and are often located in spectacular areas, fire towers are often popular destinations for hikers, and several are even available for overnight guests – imagine sleeping thirty feet off the ground! The Buck Mountain Fire Lookout Tower stands guard on the Mogollon Rim, just 40 miles south of Flagstaff. Today it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and could, with some HistoriCorps TLC, one day be opened up to the public for rent.
At 200 miles long and rising 2,000 feet from the landscape, Mogollon Rim (pronounced muggy-on
) is a geologic marvel. The Rim is a celebrated destination for Arizonans seeking it cooler climes during scorching southern summers. It offers expansive pine forests and several fishing areas
along with miles of hiking, biking, and horse-riding
trails. The Rim itself features sedimentary, volcanic and metamorphic rock dating as far back as the Precambrian era (Earth’s oldest).
There are few experiences that inspire awe in the landscapes around us as much as climbing a mountain, mesa, or fire tower. Enjoy the view on this project, and know that your work will serve not only the forest’s past, but its future.
SCOPE OF WORK DIFFICULTY:
HistoriCorps is committed to educating and training volunteers in preservation skills, with an overarching mission of inspiring a preservation ethic in all those involved. Learning and working alongside expert HistoriCorps field staff, volunteers and learned these traditional skills necessary to restore several elements of the Buck Mountain Fire Lookout Tower.
Repair/replace stair treads and railings – 15%
Sand and refinish floor – 15%
Restore roof hatch door – 10%
Repair and refinish built-in furniture – 10%
Repair Cab siding – 25%
Repair/replace Catwalk handrails – 10%
Inspect and replace roof overhang framing – 10%
Repair shutters – 5%
Please note: Tasks vary by day and by week, depending on a variety of factors including: weather, project priorities, previous groups’ work, and more. Though it is likely you will get to learn and practice most or all of the above tasks, it is not guaranteed. The higher percentage of the scope a particular task is, the more likely you will get to practice it.