Summit Creek Volunteer Day

Join us June 1, 2024 to improve riverscape health along Summit Creek in Smithfield, Utah by building beaver dam analogs (BDA) and post-assisted log structures (PALS). Summit Creek is a left-bank tributary to the Bear River and meets the Bear River just upstream of Cutler Reservoir. The project landowner is the United States Forest Service.

Course Logistics

Saturday June 1, 2024 from 9:00a to 3:00p

Participant Waiver
on June 1, 2024 at Summit Creek

Getting There

Carpool from Lee’s Marketplace - 9:00A

Students carpooling should meet at the Smithfield Lee’s Marketplace at 9:00 AM.

Meet at Summit Creek - 9:30A

We will park at the USFS parking lot on Summit Creek Rd at 9:30 AM (about 30 minute drive from Logan). The project coordinates are 41.8693439, -111.7575455.

NOTE: For emergencies, North Cache Valley InstaCare in Hyde Park is the closest medical center to this field site @ 20 minutes away.

What do I need to bring?

Field Gear

Your safety is our top priority, but you are the most important person in ensuring your safety and comfort. So bring common sense. This is Spring in the mountains. You should be prepared for anything from sunny skies and sunburn, to snow and hypothermia (yes we’ve already had our first snow-storms, and yes we will work in the snow). The current forecast is for rain. We will be hiking through and doing work in small, cold, wadeable streams.

  1. We strongly recommend a pair of chest waders and wading boots, to keep you warm and dry.
  2. You also should bring whatever outdoor clothing and gear to keep yourself comfortable. Layers, coats, gloves, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a dry change of clothes and footwear for afterwards are all a must. No open-toed shoes will be allowed.
  3. Wear work clothing suitable for a construction site.

We will provide you with basic personal protective equipment (PPEs like work gloves, eye protection, hard hats, ear protection). However, if you have any of your own personal PPE you are more comfortable in, please bring it.

If you have any allergies or medical conditions that we should be aware of, please notify us of those when filling out your participant waiver.

Lunch and Snacks

A light lunch will be available for volunteers thanks to our local Texas Roadhouse. You will also want to bring plenty of water and other other snack or drinks you will need to workoutside for several hours.