The SIERRA HISTORIC RESTORATION PROJECT is an non-profit organization established in 2012 to rebuild historic structures within Sierra National Forest. Once restored, these buildings including abandoned ranger stations and fire watch towers are available to visitors from across the country and around the world. Rental fees provide ongoing maintenance of the facilities within Sierra National Forest to establish an economically sustainable process by which the restored buildings are self-supportive.
United States Forest Service staff has identified 150 endangered historic buildings in Sierra National Forest, many of which were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. They remain important landmarks in American history, specifically in regards to the American conservation movement, in that these structures exposed a generation of young men to national forest and park lands they would not have otherwise experienced and provided the infrastructure for subsequent generations to appreciate America’s commonly-owned natural resources. Soon after, these young men would deploy once again in service to their country across a world at war, in the sands of North Africa, on the beaches of Normandy, and through the jungles of the South Pacific. These humble structures constitute the industry of their youth; for many, these buildings would be among their last works on Earth.
OUR MISSION IS STEWARDSHIP. Working closely with U.S. Forest Service officials, SIERRA HISTORIC has identified and prioritized buildings on Forest Service land eligible for inclusion on the U.S. Department of the Interior Register of Historic Places. SIERRA HISTORIC is documenting the existing condition of these buildings, determining with the U.S. Forest Service how they might best be returned to service, and producing the necessary documents to manage their restoration so that they can be rented to Sierra National Forest visitors. Proceeds from these use fees will provide revenue for their maintenance. In their new life, these buildings can promote the appreciation of our nation’s public land and pass to our descendants the legacy of natural resource conservation.