Work planned on Cape Perpetua shelter

Plans are underway for restorative work at this stone shelter a Cape Perpetua. (File photo)

HistoriCorps and Siuslaw National Forest have partnered to restore the West Shelter at the Cape Perpetua Day Use Area, beginning this month.

The popular Cape Perpetua Scenic Area provides access to the highest viewpoint accessible by car on the Oregon coast, an array of education programs at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center and trails to dense forested areas and the rocky coast. 

Cape Perpetua is part of the ancestral homelands of the Alsea people who have stewarded this land for at least 6,000 years. In Alsea language, the Cape was called Halqaik and was later renamed by early explorer Captain James Cook in 1778 after Saint Perpetua. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt formed the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1933, Cape Perpetua became a base camp for young men to learn useful skills; many of the structures, trails and campgrounds in this area were built by the CCC.

HistoriCorps will continue the legacy of the CCC by leading and training volunteers to preserve this picturesque stone shelter. Volunteers will work alongside expert field staff to learn the skills necessary to rebuild the roof system to its original 1934 specifications, and re-roof the building using cedar shakes so that it can continue to benefit those who visit the area.

Visitors planning to explore the Cape Perpetua Day Use Area during this time should expect restoration efforts in the shelter area along the Whispering Spruce Trail. The shelter and trail immediately surrounding the shelter will be inaccessible during this time. Parking at the Cape Perpetua Day Use Area will also be limited during the preservation project. 

To learn more about the project visit: historicorps.org/west-shelter-or

To plan your next visit to the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area visit: https://go.usa.gov/xytvB

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