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Canyon Country WSAs 3

October 26 - October 27

The Land

A multitude of wilderness study area’s constitute Moab’s periurban wilderness – magnificent in their scope despite an onslaught of pressures from the nearby community’s thriving recreation industry. Vast proposed wildernesses features are cut by canyons drawn by perennial streams and ephemeral washes, lush with riparian vegetation. Pinyon-juniper forest fills out the higher elevations, above an expanse of Navajo sandstone domes, fins and arches.

Off-road vehicle use, mountain biking, and popular hiking routes flank the wilderness study area, putting pressure on boundaries and jeopardizing the integrity of the resource. We work with the local Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to manage for these recreation impacts where they impede upon wilderness-quality lands. 

The Work

Nonpermitted travel and impacts in and adjacent to WSAs will be remediated with a variety of techniques, including:

  • Raking, vertical mulching, and other surface naturalization strategies;
  • Placing heavy stone and downed logs to naturalize the impacted travel area;
  • Installation of education signage to prevent future incursions.

Volunteers Needed: (8)
Project Lead: Talitha McGuire 
Contact: talitha@suwa.org

A comprehensive itinerary will be provided to registered volunteers.

  • Sat Oct 26 – Sun Oct 27

Project Rating 

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.

SUWA provides select meals, snacks and drinks during the project. Volunteers are responsible for all additional meals not specified in the Welcome Letter during their stay.

Volunteer Responsibilities

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  (4) weeks prior to the start date.

Registration & Acceptance Timeline

A 2024 General Volunteer Application is required for this project. 

  • When we have received your form, you will receive a confirmation e-mail within (5) working days of submission.
  • In order to ensure participation by the most diverse applicants, we log all applications until (8) weeks prior to the project. At this point, you will first receive a call from our stewardship team to further discuss the project.
  • Following this call, you will receive an e-mail confirming whether you have been placed on the “project roster” or a “waiting list.”
  • If you are selected for the project roster, you will then complete a Volunteer Agreement.
  • Individuals on the Waitlist List will be contacted if space opens due to cancellation within (2) weeks of the project start date.
  • At (4) 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 (when applicable), a notification about carpools and/or caravans, and any additional information pertinent to the project.
  • Within (2) weeks of the project you will receive a direct call from our stewardship coordinator to answer any additional questions you may have.

If you have any questions at any point throughout the process, please do not hesitate to contact us here or by calling  (435) 259-9151.



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