La Sal Mountains
June 25 - June 28
The Manti-La Sal National Forest covers more than 1.2 million acres (4,900 km2) and is located in the central and southeastern parts of Utah and the extreme western part of Colorado. The La Sal Mountains are located south/southeast of Moab, Utah in Grand and San Juan Counties. The name of the range dates to Spanish times, when the Sierra La Sal (meaning the “Salt Mountains”) were a prominent landmark on the Old Spanish Trail between Santa Fe and Los Angeles. The range is currently in renewed management planning. Recent decades have seen a sharp uptick in recreational use of the La Sal Mountains throughout four seasons. While winter activities remain limited due to high incident of avalanche, motorized and mechanized travel in the range during all other seasons is rapidly increasing.
We are returning to the La Sal Mountains to continue our work with the Forest Service managing for the impacts of increased motorized and mechanized travel in the region. We will remediate the impacts of non-permitted travel and camping, among other tasks.
Our Objective: To ensure travel compliance in the range in order to protect natural and cultural resources.
Volunteers Needed: (8)
Project Lead: Talitha McGuire
A comprehensive itinerary will be provided to registered volunteers.
- Tue Jun 25 – Fri Jun 28
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.
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.