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?!