Volunteer with SUWA in the Backcountry

Join a Service Project this Summer

Are you looking to give back in a new way this year? Hoping to turn that feeling of unrest and the will for change into action? Join SUWA in the field and experience the outstanding beauty of Utah’s backcountry while protecting some of our most precious natural resources. Broaden your network and make a few new friends along the way.

Scheduled Trips
Elk Ridge in Bears Ears National Monument
Saturday, July 29 to Sunday, July 30

Photo: U.S. Forest Service

On Saturday, July 29th and Sunday, July 30th, join SUWA and the U.S. Forest Service in Bears Ears National Monument. We are collaborating with recreation manager Brian Murdock — as well as a regional biologist, a monument ranger, and field staff — on an Aspen Restoration Project high on Elk Ridge.

The Work
We will install basic exclosures to provide habitat protections for young aspen shoots. Our efforts will build upon ongoing Aspen Rehabilitation led by the Forest Service in recent years, with the goal of re-establishing healthy, mature aspen colonies.

Volunteer work will begin mid-day on Saturday (a caravan to the work site will depart from Blanding, Utah on Saturday morning). Volunteers are encouraged to stay the night and continue working Sunday until early afternoon. Volunteers are welcome for one or both days.

Camping
Volunteers are invited to camp with staff in the meadows at Gooseberry Cabin, a USFS-managed backcountry cabin. Cabin facilities for meal preparation will be available. There will be ample opportunity to speak with Forest Service rangers about their work and perspective on forest management in the Bears Ears National Monument.

To Register
If you are interested and able to attend, please contact Jeremy Lynch to learn more about the project. Opportunities for carpooling are available. More information will be available to interested volunteers.

email: volunteer@suwa.org
phone: (631) 335-9801


La Sal Mountains
Saturday, August 12 to Sunday, August 13

Photo: Guy Schmickle/Explore the Light Photography

On Saturday, August 12th and Sunday, August 13th, join SUWA and the U.S. Forest Service in the La Sal Mountains near Moab, Utah. We are collaborating with recreation manager Brian Murdock and the Forest Service Trail Crew on non-motorized trail management. Our project will define existing designated trail while minimizing impacts on surrounding habitat.

The Work
We will re-route an existing trail to achieve safer, minimal-impact travel. Our goals include resolving potential water management concerns and protecting nearby plant communities from off-trail travel.

Volunteer work will begin mid-morning on Saturday. Volunteers are encouraged to stay the night and continue the project on Sunday. Volunteers are welcome for one or both days.

Camping
Volunteers are invited to camp with staff at nearby Medicine Lake. We will share a community dinner and enjoy the high alpine climate as summer heats up in the valley below.

To Register
If you are interested and able to attend, please contact Jeremy Lynch to learn more about the project. Carpooling is available.

email: volunteer@suwa.org
phone: (631) 335-9801


Mule Canyon
Sunday, September 10th

Mule Canyon ruin. Copyright David Petit

On Sunday, September 10th, join SUWA in Bears Ears National Monument. We will work with monument rangers to manage and restore habitat along the boundary of the Mule Canyon Wilderness Study Area. We will rehab trails, manage invasive site vegetation, and perform monitoring in high travel areas.

Volunteer work will begin Sunday morning. A group lunch will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to camp the night before the event.

To Register
If you are interested and able to attend, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator to learn more about the project.

email: volunteer@suwa.org
phone: (631) 335-9801


Indian Creek
Saturday, October 21st to Sunday, October 22nd

Indian Creek. Copyright Tim Peterson/Lighthawk

Join SUWA in Bears Ears National Monument at Indian Creek. We will assist Monticello BLM field ranger efforts to protect sensitive riparian areas, better define camping and travel corridors, and help educate the public on Leave No Trace principles.

Our aim is to protect nearby habitat and plant communities in the midst of a heavy area use. Minimalist fencing and natural materials will delineate areas of use and restoration.

Volunteer work will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers are encouraged to camp. A dinner is planned for Saturday night.

To Register
If you are interested and able to attend, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator to learn more about the project.

email: volunteer@suwa.org
phone: (631) 335-9801