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The West Desert
June 13, 2023 - June 15, 2023
Utah’s West Desert is a remote, sprawling collection of magnificent landscapes containing a series of distinctive “island” ranges including the Deep Creek Mountains, the House Range, the Wah-Wahs, Notch Peak, and more. Spanning several counties and hundreds of miles of remote roads, many of the regions spectacular features are protected as wilderness study areas (WSAs) and managed by the local BLM. Limited resources and expansive territory combine for a particular need to recruit volunteers to ensure proper monitoring and maintenance of the West Desert’s diverse and unique landscapes.
Our crew will travel far and wide across the West Desert assessing off-road vehicle travel and camping compliance at a series of sites in select wilderness study areas, remediating where appropriate. We will install needed signage and managing off-road vehicle travel. Work tasks will vary by need, and are slated to include: assembling (with hardware) posts and signs; hoisting and leveling mid-weight to heavy materials; the use of manual tools such as rakes, picks and shovels; team-moving of boulders and other large natural debris. WSA focus: Notch Peak and Swasey Mountain.
Volunteers Needed: (6)
Project Lead: Jeremy Lynch
A comprehensive itinerary will be provided to registered volunteers.
- Tuesday, June 13th through Thursday, June 15th
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 elect meals and snacks 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 at least (2) 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.” Individuals on the Waitlist will be contacted if spaces open due to cancellation within (2) weeks of the project start date.
At least (2) 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 additional information in a Pre-Departure email. You will also receive a direct call from our Project Coordinator to answer any 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.