CAS-GJ endeavors through fundraising and volunteer efforts to contribute to projects that benefit the rich cultural heritage of Western USA, with emphasis but not limited to the area around Grand Junction. Projects should be consistent with our Mission Statement and its themes of Fellowship, Education, Stewardship and Research.
If you'd like to contribute money, material or time to any of these projects we'd be most appreciative. Checks can be mailed to: CAS-GJ PO Box 4853, Grand Junction, CO 81502, payable to "Grand Junction Chapter CAS". Please include a note or indicate on the check which project you'd like to contribute to. Thanks. Questions can be directed to any of the board members under "Contact". For projects on GJ BLM managed land, board member, Janice Shepherd is the BLM Liaison.
In Dec 2017 CAS-GJ held a very successful fundraising effort to contribute to community projects and the costs of running our chapter. The Community Fund Committee will be considering considering the following projects as well as other worthy cultural heritage projects in our community. Please contact Geoff Peterson, board member, for more information.
Mt. Garfield Middle School Education and Volunteer Day
After observing a lot of graffiti along Mica Mine Trail and Rough Canyon trail, students from Mt. Garfield wanted to help remove that graffiti. An Education and Volunteer Day was organized in April 2017. It was such a success that the teacher and the BLM Archaeologists would like to repeat it with this years students. Members of the Ute Tribe will again participate to give their perspective on rock art and landscape appreciation.
Funds Needed for: Bus transportation, water containers and energy snacks for the children
Goal: $300 Raised as of Feb 25th: $84.00 More information.
Devils Canyon Cabin Repairs
The historic sheepherder's cabin in Devils Canyon has a hole in its roof and other damages including graffiti on the inside walls. This project's goal is to repair the cabin and provide some interpretative material. The cabin is in Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness so all the repairs must be done by hand.
Funds needed for a variety of building materials.
Goal: Still working on price list. Raised as of Feb 25th: $55.00 More information.
Calamity Camp Cabin and Fence Repairs
Calamity Camp is a historic uranium mine camp that dates back to 1913. It was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. This project's goal is to update the roofing paper on one of the cabins and to replace about a mile of fence. The posts for the fence will be made by BLM firefighters when time permits.
Funds needed for: roofing roll and fence hardware
Goal: $60.00 Raised as of Feb 25th: $23.00 More information.
Site Steward Monitoring Program
The Site Steward program is comprised of concerned people (CAS membership is not required) committed to protecting and preserving the cultural resources around Grand Junction. Volunteers are trained to monitor sites and to recognize evidence of
damage due to natural processes or overuse and vandalism. They are the
eyes and ears of the agency and they assist in the preservation and
protection of sites.
GJ BLM Archaeology team provides the training. Trained volunteers are encouraged to adopt sites within GJ BLM managed land but can also reach out to CNM and the Ntl Forest Service for possible sites to adopt in those agency managed lands.
The next training session is May 4th and 5th. Class size will be limited to about 10. Because of the sensitive nature of sharing site locations and a desire to match trained volunteers with the right locations, completing an application to attend the training is required. Deadline for submission is March 30th 2018. The application can be found here. The CAS-GJ event page can be found at: Site Steward Training event