Volunteer with SUWA in the Backcountry

Join a Service Project this Summer or Fall

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
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 the Forest Service Recreation Manager and 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


Chipeta Canyon
September 23rd/24th

Chipeta Canyon. Copyright Ray Bloxham/SUWA

Celebrate National Public Lands Day with SUWA in Chipeta Canyon on the Tavaputs Plateau. On Saturday we will work with the BLM’s Vernal Field Office to restore fencing around the Chipeta Cabin site spring. On Sunday, we will hike a nearby canyon in appreciation of the area’s wildness and solitude.

To inquire and register, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at: volunteer@suwa.org


San Rafael Swell
September 30th/October 1st

San Rafael Swell. Copyright Ray Bloxham/SUWA

Join the Field Volunteers in the San Rafael Swell for National Public Lands Day. We will work with area recreation managers to protect habitat along the Crack Canyon Wilderness Study Area. Help rehabilitate WSA boundary points and learn how to read the landscape to monitor and report compromised habitat.

To inquire and register, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at: volunteer@suwa.org


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


Salt Wash
Friday, November 3rd

Salt Wash. Copyright Ray Bloxham/SUWA

Join the Field Volunteers in Salt Wash for a volunteer project this November. More details TBA. To inquire and register, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at: volunteer@suwa.org