Crandall Ranger Station, WY 2022
Crandall Ranger Station, WY 2022

Crandall Ranger Station, WY 2022

Crandall Ranger Station, WY 2022

Let not the hard work of the past be left to rot! Built during the Great Depression, Crandall Ranger Station stands testament to the growing role of the US Forest Service in land management.

 

PROJECT PARTNER: Shoshone National Forest

SESSION DATES: July 17-22, July 24-29, and August 21-26

PROJECT SUPERVISOR: Reid Saunders 

CREW LEADER: Rachel Hoff

Project Site Description & History

Located on Crow, Cheynne, and Sioux land land northeast of Yellowstone National Park, part of the history of the U.S. Forest Service is contained within this ranger station. The USFS was formally established in 1905, but the Shoshone National Forest actually predates the movement by fourteen years. Between 1891 and 1905, the Shoshone NF was technically the Yellowstone Timberland Reserve; it later became the first National Forest. Volunteers on this project will get to interact with several cornerstones of American history: the Great Depression (during which this station was constructed); the growth of federal land management practices and policies that went on to influence public land management practices across the world;  the reeling in of unfettered deforestation; and more. Although national forests were historically committed to “preserving an adequate vegetative cover for regulation of stream flow and prevention of erosion, of growing timber to satisfy human needs, and of making the timber, water, and other forest resources available to the people of this country in ways of greatest service,” just thirty years after the construction of the Crandall Ranger Station – USFS was newly bound to managing forests not only like one would crops, but to ensure recreational opportunities and preserve the ecosystem services forests provide. Learn more about the Multiple Use, Sustained Yield Act of 1960 here.

Crandall Ranger Station is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places as it is both associated with the early administration of this forest while also representing early attempts to “provide a non-intrusive yet standard, recognizable Forest Service presence in remote areas of the Forest” as described by our partner. Early stations like these tended to mimic their surrounding environments; modern stations, like those you may have encountered, have a more uniform architectural style. We invite you to join us to preserve and learn from early USFS history! Oh, and did we mention the views here will be jaw dropping?!

 

Location and Logistics

SESSION DATES:  July 17-22, July 24-29, and August 21-26. Please plan to arrive at our campsite no earlier than 5pm and no later than 7pm on the first day of your session.

LOCATION:

ACCESS:    Tent camping only Site is RV/trailer accessible

Tents and truck campers can access our campground. There are no RV spaces available.

WEATHER:  Anticipate highs in the mid 60s and lows in the 30s. Weather conditions may be rainy, cloudy, or sunny. Volunteers are responsible for checking weather conditions before their session begins, and packing appropriately.

ABOUT VOLUNTEERING: HistoriCorps projects are free for volunteers! HistoriCorps will provide all meals, tools, training, equipment, and a campsite. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to the campsite, sleeping equipment, work gloves, clothes and boots, and other personal gear.

Scope of Work

PHYSICAL 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 will learn the skills necessary to rehabilitate the Crandall Ranger Station. This project is considered semi-difficult due to working at an altitude of 6,520 feet.

  • Log crown repair and replacement (25%)
  • Log porch repair and replacement (15%)
  • Concrete stair repair (10%)
  • Chimney repointing (10%)
  • Wood window and screen rehabilitation (40%)
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.

Sign Up!

We’re thrilled this project has inspired you to volunteer! Choose your session and register below:

You will know your registration was successful when you receive a confirmation email. Contact volunteer@historicorps.org for assistance.

HistoriCorps does not charge for its volunteering projects. HistoriCorps relies on donations to continue engaging volunteers to save significant historical sites across America for generations to come. Your donation of any amount will make an incredible difference! Increase your impact – make a generous gift today.

Volunteer Logistics, Policies, and Advice

We’re so glad you’re interested in joining this project! If you’re new to our community, review the Volunteer FAQ first! Please note the following logistics and policies:

  • HistoriCorps is committed to keeping our volunteers, staff, and project communities safe. All volunteers will be required to affirm that they will be fully vaccinated from the Covid-19 virus by the time their project begins. Read our Covid protocols here (updated October 2021).
  • Volunteering with HistoriCorps is free! We will provide all meals, tools, training, equipment, and a campsite or shared indoor lodging. Dinner is not provided on the first night.
  • Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own gear, work gloves, sturdy work clothes and boots, and appropriate sleeping equipment. Check the average temperatures before you start packing – the nights and mornings may be colder than you anticipate! Then, read this advice about how to stay warm when tent camping in colder places.
  • Campsite accessibility varies by project. Some projects can accommodate tents only; others can accommodate small RVs. Please review the project site description above for more information, and if you’re still not sure, email volunteer@historicorps.org for help.
  • If this project does not offer showers, you might want to consider bringing a solar shower or research other methods to clean up after the work day.
  • Volunteer crew sizes generally range from 4-8 volunteers, with two HistoriCorps staff that lead and train volunteers in the work.
  • Safety is one of HistoriCorps’ top priorities, and volunteers can contribute to a safe working environment by ensuring their physical fitness is adequate for the work. See above for this project’s scope of work and difficulty level. Please, call us if you are not quite sure if a project is a good fit for your skills or fitness level. We may be able to suggest a project more suitable and enjoyable for you.
  • Hard hats, eye protection, ear protection, gloves are standard personal protection equipment (PPE) required on all projects. Hard hats must be worn at all times on the project site, unless working in a designated safe space. Field staff will train volunteers on correct use of PPE.
  • Dogs are generally allowed to accompany their humans in project campsites (actually, we love having dogs join us around the campfire!). Dogs are not permitted on the job site for everyone's safety. HOWEVER: HistoriCorps also follows the rules and regulations of our project partner. If the project partner does not permit dogs onsite then HistoriCorps is no exception. Please ask HistoriCorps or the project partner directly if you have any questions about whether Fido is welcome.