West Shelter, OR 2019

 

PROJECT PARTNERSiuslaw National Forest

SESSION DATES:   September 15-20  |  September 22-27

PROJECT DIFFICULTY: 

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

We camped at the nearby Cape Perpetua Campground, which offers easy access to the pleasant town of Yachats, OR. 

LOCATION:  Two hours west and north of Eugene, OR

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Project Site Description & History

Perched on a prominence 800 feet above the Pacific Ocean, this shelter’s location will thrill and inspire volunteers. The Siuslaw National Forest writes, 

“The Cape Perpetua Headland is the highest viewpoint accessible by car on the Oregon Coast. On clear days, views extend 37 miles out to sea, and along 70 miles of coastline. Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, encompassing 2,700 acres of coastal habitat, was set aside for unique ecological characteristics found where the temperate spruce rainforest transitions to the sea. Early explorer Captain James Cook first observed the headland in 1778 and named it after Saint Perpetua. In 1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt formed the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Cape Perpetua became a base camp for young men to learn skills. Many of the campgrounds, trails, and plantings you see are the work of the CCC.”

HistoriCorps honored and continued the legacy of the CCC by leading and training volunteers to preserve this picturesque stone shelter. 

Cape Perpetua offers more than 20 miles of hiking trails that offer many unique natural and cultural/historical features. The nearby town of Yachats is a lovely destination for tourists with artist galleries, bakeries, a brewery, and more.

Siuslaw National Forest shares this fantastic video about Cape Perpetua!

Scope of Work

Volunteers worked alongside expert field staff to learn the skills necessary to preserve this prominent shelter. 

  • Strip deteriorated shingles and disassemble roof system – 25%
  • Rebuild roof system to original 1934 specifications – 25%
  • Re-roof building using cedar shakes – 25%
  • Protect roof logs by injecting borate gel and applying boiled linseed oil to rafter system – 15 %

If volunteers finish the roof, we will focus on the following task items – 10%

  • Rebuild historic log bench
  • Clean stones 
  • Repoint mortar as necessary
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 a task’s percentage is, the higher the likelihood you will practice that skill.