University of Michigan plans to build 30 cabins near Yellowstone Park

ANN ARBOR, MI – The University of Michigan’s Board of Regents will consider building 30 modular cabins and a recreation center at a research and training facility it owns near Jackson, Wyoming. 

The Board of Regents will vote on a proposed $6.5 million project that would demolish most of the Camp Davis Rocky Mountain Field Station’s student-assigned cabins and bath houses that originally were constructed when it was established in 1929.

A total of 30 new modular cabins would be constructed, each approximately 300 square feet, including a living/sleeping area and a bathroom with a shower, according to a Board of Regents action request. 

The camp’s Johnston Hall recreational facility, which was destroyed by a tree during a recent winter storm, also would be replaced with a new 1,800-gross-square-foot recreational facility that would include open recreational space, restrooms and a laundry room. The project also includes required upgrades to the electrical, water supply, and septic systems to support the new cabins and recreational hall. 

Located approximately 30 miles south of Jackson near the village of Hoback Junction, the university-owned property abuts the Hoback River and the Bridger Teton National Forest. The station is within close proximity of Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks.

The 120-acre facility, which is owned and operated by UM and managed by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, offers courses in geology, environmental science and the humanities. It also is used for academic conferences, alumni gatherings and guest programs, according to the action request. 

If approved, funding for the project would be provided from College of Literature, Science, and the Arts gifts and resources.  

For more information on Camp Davis, visit UM’s website. 

Source