Volunteers wanted for Upper Table Rock project

Added will be a tour of the old Camp White 'pill boxes' used in machine-gun training leading up to World War II

The public is invited to lend a hand to remove an old fence on Upper Table Rock on Saturday morning, followed by an archaeological interpretive hike on the old Camp White Army base.

The event, part of a National Public Lands Day and Oregon archaeology celebration, begins at 8:30 a.m.

The project area is located on Antioch Road, roughly 1.7 miles north of the Upper Table Rock trailhead. The Camp White talk and tour led by archaeologist Lisa Rice begins at 12:30 p.m.

The work to remove the fence is being coordinated by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and The Nature Conservancy as part of an effort to benefit wildlife habitat on Upper Table Rock. The project will include cutting and rolling wire fence and removing fence posts. Families are encouraged to participate.

Following the fence work, Rice, an archaeologist with the BLM's Medford District, and personnel from the Camp White Museum will conduct the short walk to the "pill boxes" used for training during World War II at Camp White. The site was nicknamed the "Alcatraz" of army training because of the challenging courses the soldiers endured there.

Tools and drinking water will be provided. Volunteers working on the fence-removal project will receive a free lunch and a National Public Lands Day T-shirt. Participants should wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, boots, gloves and sunscreen, and be able to hike on uneven terrain.

Participants are welcome to join one or both of the events. However, those planning to volunteer for the work party are asked to RSVP to Trish Lindaman at 541-618-2266 or tlindama@blm.gov.

More information about National Public Lands Day is available online at www.publiclandsday.org.

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