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La Sal Mountains Service Weekend

August 8, 2020 - August 9, 2020

The Land

The Manti-La Sal National Forest covers more than 1.2 million acres (4,900 km2and 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 the other three seasons (spring, summer, fall) is rapidly increasing.

The Work

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. Work tasks will vary by need, and are slated to include:

  • building log and block instracture to manage travel near open meadows and other areas of sensitive natural resources;
  • remediating the impacts of non-permitted travel and camping (signing; raking; vertically mulching).

Our Objective: To ensure travel compliance in the range in order to protect natural and cultural resources.

A comprehensive itinerary will be provided to registered volunteers.

  • Saturday, August 8th: Day 1 of Project. Gather at 9:o0AM for Orientation.
  • Sunday, August 9th: Day 2 begins at 9:00AM.

Project Rating 

Level 3 – Heavy lifting, high-elevation, remote travel, and extended durations away from common conveniences. Leave No Trace principles are essential during all of our trips but require the most thought and planning at Level 3. These trips may involve on-site training for technical skills and tool use. Excellent physical fitness is a must at this level.

Camping & Meals

Volunteers will camp at a location TBD.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, SUWA is temporarily suspending its provision of food. Volunteers are responsible for all food and water 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 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: volunteer@suwa.org  or  (435) 259-9151.



August 8, 2020
August 9, 2020
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