sand mountain society

About Sand Mountain Society

The Sand Mountain Society is a volunteer-based grass roots organization dedicated to the conservation of valuable heritage and natural resources. 

It's all about conservation

We strive to develop creative solutions to generate win-win scenarios for resources and the public.  Our focus, always, is on conservation.  We were recycling historic materials before "green" was a term to describe an environmental ethic. 

This conservation philosphy is reflected in our first project where we moved the long-abandoned and condemned lookout cabin from Whisky Peak in southern Oregon to Sand Mountain, where -- using additional materials salvaged from around the Region that would otherwise have been discarded -- we re-built the complete exisiting lookout that is the basis of our name. 

Our presence in the restored building during the summer months has served to support US Forest Service protections for adjacent heritage and geologic resources while concurrently -- and importantly -- providing interpretive services to inform the visiting public and promote wise use.

We have continued our program of recycling materials from historic structures that cannot be saved for re-use in other structures that can be saved.

Latest News

SMS participates in Heritage Fair at Timberline Lodge

September 4, 2012 — (Government Camp, OR) The SMS was invited to participate in a Heritage Fair celebrating the 75th anniversary of Timberline Lodge...

SMS participates in Centennial Celebration

July 20, 2012 — (Fish Lake, OR) The SMS was invited to participate in the Willamette National Forest's Centennial Celebration...

Fire Lookout Restorations

For 22 years now the SMS has been the leader in the restoration of historic fire lookouts in the Pacific Northwest.  From the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest along the Canadian border in the north to just a few miles north of the California border, the SMS has participated in eleven full-blown restoration projects, taking the lead on eight on them.

Latest Projects

East Butte Lookout Salvage

Material salvaged from East Butte Lookout on the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest was critical to the reconstruction of Sand Mountain Lookout.  This was especially true of the 18 windows that were stashed in the back of Cabin Lake Guard Station by a USFS employee who had been told to bu

Carpenter Mountain Lookout

Carpenter Mountain was abandoned as a lookout station from about 1969 to 1993.  During that period, the lookout was maintained by volunteers, one of them the noted writer and lookout preservationist, Doug Newman of Eugene.&

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