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Fire Lookout Restoration Projects

For more than 20 years the SMS has led the way in the restoration of historic fire lookouts, guard stations, and other symbols of public service constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

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Our volunteers together donate thousands of hours each year toward:

The SMS has been the leader in fire lookout restoration since 1989.

The Watchman Lookout

The SMS has been invited to participate in the restoration and maintenance on one of Oregon's most prominent fire lookouts: The Watchman on Crater Lake Rim.  The Watchman is our first partnership project with the National Park Service Read more

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.& Read more

Gold Butte Lookout

Gold Butte was a model partnership project between the SMS and US Forest Service.  The connection for the partnership was made by Ron Johnson, a retired Forest Service dispatcher who devoted himself in his last years to the preservat Read more

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