In 2011 Lutherhaven Ministries approached Stephan Matz, then Idaho Panhandle NF’s archeologist, about renovating the structures. Lutherhaven offered assistance with grant funding applications and youth volunteers from Shoshone Base Camp to perform the work. Additional volunteers have come from the Forest Fire Lookout Association and local Forest Service employees. Through Lutherhaven’s efforts two major regional grants were awarded totaling more than $25,000. Additional funding was granted by the Forest Fire Lookout Association and combined with funding from the Forest Service, which enabled the groups to begin work on the site this year.
Lutherhaven Ministries owns Shoshone Base Camp, a Christian youth camp which operates Idaho Servant Adventures, a program that brings youth from around the country to North Idaho for public service projects. Steve Matz, now retired from the Forest Service, is leading volunteers from Shoshone Base Camp, the Forest Fire Lookout Association and Forest Service employees performing work on site.
Spyglass is a multi-year project with the goal of incorporating the site into the forest’s recreational cabin rental program, which generates funding for maintenance on-site.
For more information, please contact the Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District’s Fernan office at (208) 664-2318.