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Basin Butte Lookout Restoration

Orchid: 2009 Excellence in Historic Preservation

8 miles north of Stanley in the Salmon-Challis National Forest

Basin Butte 1

This Forest Service fire lookout with views of the Stanley Basin and the Salmon-Challis National Forest was constructed in 1934. Until 1989 when its use was discontinued, it served as an integral part of the fire suppression system for that forest. In 2008, a partnership of the Passport in Time Volunteer Program, Yankee Fork Ranger District Fire Crew, the Challis Youth Conservation Corps (YCC), the Salmon River Chapter of the Fire Lookout Association, local volunteers, and personnel from the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management was organized to rebuild the catwalk, replace the shutters, install a new door, and move a historic outhouse into place on the site. The catwalk, shutters, and door were built according to the original plans for the lookout. The Salmon-Challis National Forest plans to make the lookout available to the public through its cabin rental system. Preservation Idaho is proud to honor this project with an Orchid Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation.

Basin Butte 2

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