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North Stansbury Mountains WSA Service Project

June 11, 2020

The Land

The North Stansbury wilderness study area (WSA) encompasses 10,480 acres and resides 40 miles west of Salt Lake City. The broader Stansbury Mountain range is typical of the Basin and Range Province, rising above the desert between two valley floors. Elevations within the WSA range from 5,200 feet along the base of the range up to 8,800 feet on the southern end near the Forest Service boundary.

The range trends north-south, reaching from the southwest of the Great Salt Lake at Stansbury Bay into the region of the southeast Great Salt Lake Desert. The Stansbury Mountains are mostly a massif, with a continuous ridgeline from north to south, and they are connected at their south with the similarly aligned Onaqui Mountains. Its southwest perimeter is adjacent to Dugway (and the Dugway Proving Ground), and along its western base lies Skull Valley. The south of the range contains the Deseret Peak Wilderness, with much of the range as part of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. The highpoint of the range is Deseret Peak at 11,035 feet (3,363 m). [source]

The Work

Join our small crew as we head into the North Stansbury Mountains WSA to monitor and restore boundary integrity. Working east to west, we will restore WSA signage, remediate the impacts of non-permitted travel and camping, and monitor for sites of incursion into these protected lands.

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

  • monitoring hikes of wilderness boundary;
  • installation of WSA boundary signs;
  • remediation of travel and camping impacts (campsite clean-up, raking, vertical mulching, etc).

Our Objective: To survey and bolster WSA boundary integrity to ensure protection of natural resources contained within the North Stansbury Mountains.

A comprehensive itinerary will be provided to registered volunteers.

  • Thursday, June 11th: Project Day + Dinner [BYO]

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

Camping is optional.

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.



June 11, 2020
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