Thank you FOBM Volunteers and the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew!

Just a quick snapshot of the crew in 2015 vs. the last time Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew were here in 2004 (thanks to Tom Smythe for locating photo archives in his amazing filing system!). We had a great time, the weather was perfect, trailwork conditions at the bottom of Jethro’s Trail could not have been any better 5 days after the last rain!

We will continue to monitor Jethro’s and make modifications to keep the re-route as low maintenance as possible. Please feel free to contact us if you’d like to join and volunteer to help!

Once more, many thanks to business member, Harbin Hot Springs, for accommodating our IMBA guests – Lani and Jordan, to the County of Lake and Cobb Mountain Elementary School for providing the indoor presentation venues, to business members Hardester’s Markets, Mountain High Coffee and Books, and to Safeway for providing food & beverages for our hard-working volunteers!

Photo of Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew at Boggs 2015

2015 Subaru/IMBA TCC and Volunteers worked on the Jethro Trail re-route at the intersection of Road 300.

Photo of Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew at Boggs 2004

2004 Subaru/IMBA TCC and Volunteers worked on the Shaker Trail re-route and armored the seasonal creek crossing at Gails Trail.

Welcome!

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This is the Website of the Friends of Boggs Mountain, a volunteer non-profit whose mission is to enhance the visitor’s experience in the forest through educational, interpretive, and recreational programs, help in development of facilities, and assist with maintenance and infrastructure improvements at Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest (BMDSF). The organization cooperates with BMDSF management and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to meet those objectives.

We hope these pages give you interesting and/or useful information about BMDSF, and encourage the public to join us and provide suggestions to promote a great forest experience here at Boggs Mountain. Enjoy the beauty of Boggs!

Mike Kasper, we will miss you.

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Photo of Mike Kasper and Boy Scouts from Troop 315

Mike Kasper with Asa (left) and Nathan McVay, who completed his Eagle Scout bench project on the Mac’s and Interpretive Trails.

The Friends of Boggs Mountain are saddened to share the news of Mike Kasper’s passing on March 31, 2015. Our hearts go to his family. We are grateful to Mike for all his volunteer efforts as a board member of the Friends of Boggs Mountain: he was active in overseeing youth projects such as the park bench Eagle Scout project shown above, trail maintenance, children’s hikes, and helping with treasury activities. He and his faithful dog, Chip, hiked in the forest which he loved for its tranquility, and as a place for reflection and friendly encounters with other visitors. You can visit Mike’s SFGate obituary page to learn more about him and the impact he made on other people’s lives.

Mike and his easy smile will be dearly missed by his friends and many Boggs visitors.

IMBA’s Coming To Town

Photo of Lani Bruntz and Jordan Carr, Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew instructors

Lani Bruntz and Jordan Carr, Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew instructors, will be visiting Lake County in April.

FOBM is delighted to announce that we were recently awarded an educational trail building grant from the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA). The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew (TCC) are scheduled to come to Lake County on April 9th and will be at Boggs through Sunday, April 12th. Please note that this is a FREE event.

The Subaru/IMBA TCC, on the road since 1997, is IMBA’s grassroots educational program, with regional trail crews that travel throughout the US in Subaru-sponsored vehicles. The IMBA crew coming to Boggs will feature a “trails duo”, Jordan Carr and Lani Bruntz. The crew will hold presentations on the benefits of trails to communities, as well as sustainable trail building techniques based on IMBA’s highly-respected Trail Building School in the classroom as well as outdoors in Boggs Forest.

Celebrating its 13th year in 2015, the Friends of Boggs Mountain was among a select few to have received this nationwide, competitive grant.  And this isn’t IMBA TCC’s first time at Boggs. The first crew came out here a few years after FOBM was formed. Back then, the TCC worked with FOBM volunteers to improve a seasonal creek crossing at popular Gail’s Trail, as well as a re-route of the Shaker Trail to connect to Gails near that crossing.

The application process was paperless, completed online, and exhaustive. IMBA’s quite rigorous in their expectations with regard to outreach, and inclusiveness to all types of trail users, not just mountain bikers. For this reason, it was a perfect program for FOBM, which addresses the needs of hikers, horseback riders and cyclists who love the forest.

In that spirit, FOBM is planning to reach out to FOBM members, government and community leaders, and folks on the Konocti Regional Trails (KRT) distribution list to inform them of this wonderful opportunity. The newly-formed IMBA Chapter, the Lake County Trails Coalition, is also anticipated to play a big role in this program.

In the hope of enlisting greater participation in other areas of the County, FOBM plans to hold one presentation on Friday, April 10, 3-5pm at the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers in Lakeport (255 N. ForbesSt.) on “Better Living Through Trails” with case studies on how trails have benefited communities.

The trail building school venue will be at Cobb Mountain Elementary School on Sat. April 11, from 9-noon, and then at Boggs from 1-5pm for hands-on trail building techniques. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided, courtesy of FOBM.

A social ride in the forest will take place on Sunday, April 12, at 10am, and will be led by the Lake County Trails Coalition and High School Mountain Bike Teams.

Please register for this free event.

Many thanks to business member, Harbin Hot Springs, for accommodating our IMBA guests, to the County of Lake and Cobb Mountain Elementary School for providing the indoor presentation venues, to business members Hardester’s Markets, Mountain High Coffee and Books, and to Safeway for providing food & beverages for our hard-working volunteers!

You’re invited to a HOLIDAY FIESTA!

In case the image does not appear below, here are the details of the holiday fiesta:

Friday, Dec. 5, 2015, 6-9pm (no fixed start time, join us at your convenience!)
At the Little Red Schoolhouse on 15780 Bottle Rock Rd., Cobb

The Friends of Boggs Mountain are hosting this FREE event open to the public. A wide selection of drinks and delicious treats from the Monterrey Mexican Grill & Bar will be accompanied by musical performances by Cobb talents, Saro & Reikor Deacon!

PLEASE RSVP by Nov. 28!  WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!

Boggs Mountain Fiesta