Black Butte D-6 Cupola Lookout RESTORATION PROJECT

Black Butte D-6 Cupola Lookout

Friends of the Metolius is collaborating with the Forest Service and other community groups to restore the historic fire lookout cupola on the peak of Black Butte (the most visited site on the Deschutes National Forest), with the ultimate goal of creating an interpretive site for visitors.  There are fewer than eight cupola-style lookouts remaining on National Forest Service lands in Region 6. Black Butte Cupola is a generally unaltered example of its type and retains a high level of architectural integrity. It is in immediate need of restoration.  We need your support to complete the restoration.

The restoration will be accomplished in two phases between September 2019 and October 2020 through the efforts of contractors and volunteers and Sisters Ranger District Archaeologist. Phase 1 construction work will occur in Fall 2019. Phase II will occur during summer/fall 2020 and involve staging the cupola as an interpretive site with appropriate furniture, interpretive panels on the interior and Plexiglas shutters or storm windows with steps so visitors can view the interior when the cupola is not open to the public.

Please consider volunteering by emailing [email protected]  with Cupola Volunteer in the re: line.

We could also use your financial support.  Contributions may be made through the website or by mailing a check to FOM, PO Box 101, Camp Sherman, Oregon 97730.  To restrict your donation to the cupola project just send a note with your check or send an

email to [email protected] when you donate online.