Part of the history of the U.S. Forest Service is contained within this cabin. The USFS was established in 1905, and that same year the Park Range Forest Reserve (what we know today as the Routt, or Medicine Bow-Routt, National Forest) was dedicated. National forests are 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,” as described by the USFS. Learn more here.
According to our partner, in 1912 the Forest Service established this site as a seed collection and drying center for spruce and pine cones. Originally called the “North Fork Administrative Site,” its name was changed to Seedhouse Administrative Site in 1929. Four years later, the site gained a two-room dwelling that incorporated a concrete foundation, wood drop siding, a tin roof and Celotex interior, as well as a garage. (Celotex was one of a variety of processed wood products Regional designers utilized during this era.) The site was seasonally inhabited by forest rangers on duty in the Region.
In this forest, trees like lodgepole pine, Engelmann spruce, and Douglas firs dominate the landscape; in midsummer, wildflowers burst into bloom, though at these elevations their splendor is fleeting. Hiking in this area is almost unparalleled, and anglers will especially appreciate the streams full of trout on this project. In the winter, the road to Seedhouse Guard Station is unplowed, which makes it a wonderful destination for winter enthusiasts like snowmobilers, skiers, and snowshoers. The guard station is available for overnight rentals most years, and our work this season will ensure it can continue to serve the public as an interpretative and recreational resource.
Join us in the mountains this season to restore the Seedhouse Guard Station’s most important barrier against weather and time: its exterior paint. Oh, and be sure to bring a bathing suit – Covid restrictions pending, there are several excellent hot springs in the area!