Pinedale Ranger Station, AZ 2019

 

Located near an unlikely fisherman’s paradise in the southwest, this historic ranger station is a gem in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest!

 

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PROJECT PARTNER: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

SESSION DATES:  July 21-26  | July 28- August 2  |  August 4-9

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE TIMES:  Plan to arrive between 6pm and 8pm on the first day of your project session, and depart after lunch on the last day. Work will generally start around 8am each day, and we’ll wrap up around 4pm.

PROJECT DIFFICULTY:   

SITE INFORMATION:      Tent camping only  Site is RV/trailer accessible

LOCATION:  In the small town of Pinedale, AZ in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. There is plenty of space for tents and RVs/trailers, but there are no hookups. Please note, days will be warm (in the mid-80s), and we may plan to start an hour or so earlier in the day to take advantage of the cooler morning temperatures. Night temperatures will be in the 50s. We recommend bringing a solar shower.  Email volunteer@historicorps.org with any questions.

GOOD TO KNOW: No prior experience is required. HistoriCorps will provide all meals, tools, training, and equipment for volunteers on this project. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to and from the lodging site. If a project requires a commute, we will plan to carpool to and from the jobsite. More general information is at the bottom of this page. 

HistoriCorps does not charge for its volunteering projects. The majority of project costs are covered by our project partners and grants, but as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, 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.

Project Site Description & History

“What makes this Forest so special? It’s the water…lots of it…draining the high mountains and forming numerous lakes and streams…a fisherman’s paradise in the arid Southwest. The Apache-Sitgreaves has over 30 lakes and reservoirs, and more than 1,000 miles of rivers and streams, which is more than any other Southwestern National Forest. The White Mountains contain the headwaters of several Arizona rivers including the Black, Little Colorado, and San Francisco.” – Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

Designed by USFS architects and then constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934, the Pinedale Ranger Station is notable for its American Craftsman and Bunglaow style architecture. This significant building has earned its place on the National Register of Historic Places. Its primary purpose as an administrative buildings was to manage timber sales that were primarily connected to the lumber mill town of Standard only three miles away. 

Pinedale rests at a higher elevation (about 6,000′ of altitude), which draws visitors from the valley holding Phoenix and Tucson looking for a cool summer getaway. Higher even still, about 2 hours away, is Dzil Ligai Sí’án (also known as Mount Baldy), which is considered a sacred site for the Apache. The forest boundary meets the Apache Nation’s land about halfway up the mountain’s slope. This area also features the prominent Mogollon rim and eight cold water lakes (a rarity in the region!). Our partner shares, “From the Mogollon (pronounced: muggy-own) Rim’s 7,600- foot elevation, vista points provide inspiring views of the low lands to the south. The Rim extends two hundred miles from Flagstaff into western New Mexico.”

 

This special, enigmatic region holds incredible history, scenery, and hundreds of miles of hiking trails to enjoy. Join this HistoriCorps project to bring the historic Guard Station back to public service! Our interesting and varied scope of work will go a long way toward keeping this building in public service for generations to come.

Scope of Work

Volunteers will work alongside expert field staff to learn the skills necessary to undertake and accomplish this significant preservation project. Paint is often the first line of defense against the wear and tear of time and environmental factors when it comes to preservation, and a well-protected building is also less likely to be vandalized. We’ll be doing our part to rehabilitate this ranger station so it can continue to watch over the forest!

  • Repaint historic wood surfaces in order to protect the building’s exterior: 50% (HistoriCorps is a certified lead-safe firm)
  • Repair and replace deteriorated trim and siding: 10%
  • Rehabilitate historic window sashes and frames 10%
  • Reglaze windows 10%
  • Replace broken glass 10%
  • Repaint windows 10%
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.

Ranger Station barn in dappled sunlight

This area of Arizona has stupendous waterways and lakes to enjoy!

Logistics & More

  • Read our Volunteer FAQ! If you still have a question that's not answered there, above, or below, please email us at volunteer@historicorps.org. We're always happy to help.
  • Once you register you will receive an auto-confirmation in your email inbox. If you do not receive this confirmation, contact us at volunteer@historicorps.org to let us know. 
  • Each project session has one volunteer slot for a Kitchen Helper. If you're interested in lending our Crew Leader & Camp Chef a hand in meal preparation, choose the "Kitchen Helper" position when you register. Kitchen Helpers are welcome to participate on the preservation work if they like, but are not necessarily expected to.
  • Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own tent or other sleeping setup (unless indoor lodging is provided), as well as sleeping gear and other personal gear including sturdy work clothes and work boots. Volunteers are also responsible for their own transportation to and from this project. 
    • Note: If you have a large RV/trailer, please contact us to confirm that your rig will fit in the available space. 
  • All volunteers are required to review and agree to the HistoriCorps Waiver & Release and Code of Conduct during the registration process.
  • We help you prepare for your preservation project through providing a "pre-arrival packet" via email. The packet contains a lot of information like: logistics, safety precautions, a suggested packing list, benefits for volunteers, and more.
  • HistoriCorps projects are multi-day sessions, where you will develop your skills over the course of the session, as well as build camaraderie with your crew and make a significant contribution to the preservation of this building. We can only very occasionally accommodate volunteers who require a shorter session. Please email us at volunteer@historicorps.org for more information.

We are always ready to answer your questions. Once you register, expect us to be in touch a few times before your project begins to confirm attendance, offer advice, and share updates. Thank you always! Really, we can't do it without you.

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After registering, you should receive an auto-confirmation via email. If you do not receive this confirmation, please contact us at volunteer@historicorps.org.