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GSENM Stewardship Weekend – National Public Lands Day
September 26, 2020 - September 27, 2020
The 1.7 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is an extraordinary landscape. The monument is world renowned for its remarkable paleontological discoveries, stunning scenery, and outstanding recreational opportunities. Local communities have benefited with significant increases in tourism, new businesses, population growth, and higher per capita income.
Since its designation in 1996, Grand Staircase-Escalante has come to be known as the “Science Monument”—yielding several new species of dinosaur and other paleontological finds and providing habitat for 650 bee species, many that are endemic to the area. The area has incredible camping, hiking and other recreational opportunities. Places like Calf Creek, Peekaboo and Spooky Canyon, Coyote Gulch, and the Hole in the Rock Road are well-known.
Our work will focus on travel management and camping compliance. We will address any signs of camping impacts to natural resources. Tasks will include: track raking, rock and natural materials gathering, vertical mulching, sifting and cleaning nonpermitted campsites. All tools will be provided, including gloves.
Our Objective: To remediate existing impacts resulting from non-permitted travel and camping.
A comprehensive itinerary will be provided to registered volunteers.
- Saturday, September 25th: Project, Day 1
- Sunday, September 27th: Project, Day 2
Level 2 – Our most common trip incorporates mid- to heavy-lifting, work in remote landscapes at varying elevations, an increased diversity of tool use, and an emphasis on physical fitness and hiking competency.
Camping & Meals
Specific location of camping site(s) will be provided in the Welcome Letter sent to registered volunteers.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, SUWA has suspended our provision of food and water during projects. Volunteers are responsible for all of their water and meal needs through the duration of the project.
Participants are responsible for their own food, water and camping gear as well as transportation to and from the project site(s). Volunteers should plan to be away from camp all day each of the work days.
A recommended pack list will be sent along with the project Welcome Letter two weeks prior to the start date.
A Volunteer Agreement is required for this project.
When we have received your form, you will receive a confirmation e-mail within 5 working days of submission. The confirmation e-mail will indicate whether you have been placed on the “project roster” or a “waiting list.”
Three weeks before the start of the trip, you will receive an RSVP to confirm your participation. Individuals on the Waitlist will be contacted if spaces open due to cancellation.
Two weeks before the project start date, registered and confirmed participants will receive a Welcome Letter, with a comprehensive itinerary, including: driving instructions, a Project Map (for mobile devices), a notification about carpools and/or caravans, and additional information in a Pre-Departure email.
If you have any questions at any point throughout the process, please don’t hesitate to contact our program coordinator: email@example.com or (435) 259-9151.