Horse Camp Gets New Water Tank And Trough!

Photo of horse camp at Boggs Mountain Demonstration State ForestSeveral years ago, the Lake-Mendo Unit of the Back Country Horsemen (BCH) established a horse camp on a beautiful level site at the intersection of Roads 500, 530 and 400. Paul Villanueva, President of this BCH unit, has worked hard with other volunteers over the years to add more facilities: a highline, vault toilet, and fire pit. But it has been a dilemma as to how water could be brought to the camp and made available for horses which can require 5-10 gallons of drinking water a day.

FOBM and BCH held several discussions to find an economical, low impact solution. Finally this past winter, we decided on a 2,500 gallon water tank, providing a gravity-fed trough (covered to minimize evaporation and debris) located at an elevation at least 2 feet lower than the bottom of the tank. The water would be used solely for equine consumption (with signage indicating this) so as to minimize tank refills. A float valve in the trough will regulate the amount of water drawn from the tank.

Photo of Back Country Horsemen member laying down pipe for horse trough at BoggsPhoto of installing water tank at Boggs Horse CampWe successfully acquired a grant from the Cobb Geothermal Mitigation Fund Committee for the materials. Paul planned the system, and with other BCH members, installed the tank, pipes and trough in a couple of weekends this past spring.

FOBM has committed to helping pay for the next two tank refills. With the establishment of a silent ranger at the horse camp, we hope that equestrian campers can help fund the refills as well.

Photo of horse drinking out of brand new trough at Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest horse camp

Photo of horse camp volunteers from the Back Country Horsemen at Boggs

We are grateful to the Cobb Geothermal Mitigation Fund Committee for their generous assistance, to the BCH volunteers who worked tirelessly on this much-needed facility, and for the great collaboration between FOBM and BCH leaders to finally make this happen!  Let us know if you’d be interested in volunteering with FOBM to support our mission to enhance the visitor’s experience at Boggs!

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

Photo of Jordan Carr and Lani Bruntz in front of their Subaru/IMBA TCC Outback!The month of April has certainly seen a flurry of activities at Boggs. We kicked it off with a visit from the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew (TCC) – Lani Bruntz and Jordan Carr. The young trailbuilders whose interests outside of mountain biking include downhill skiing, snowboarding and backpacking, are contracted with IMBA for two years to instruct trail building all over the U.S., driving from one location to another in their signature “logo-heavy” Subaru Outback (click on the photo).

They arrived on Thursday afternoon, April 9th, and proceeded to evaluate the re-route section on Jethro’s Trail that was planned for the Saturday on-the-ground trails instruction at Boggs. Both gave a nod to the preliminary alignment but offered suggestions to improve drainage and “trail flow”, an expression that encompasses heightening the feeling of traversing along natural undulations of the terrain (vs. a constructed straight line), safety, and trail sustainability – minimizing the maintenance needs of a trail.

Photo of IMBA TCC Better Living Through Trails presentation in Lakeport, CA Lake CountyOn Friday, the IMBA crew came to Lakeport and presented “Better Living Through Trails“, which explores the positive relationships between communities and their trail systems, supported by recent case studies on the health, economic and social benefits of trails to communities. The rationale in holding the presentation at the County Board of Supervisors’ chambers was to facilitate participation by county and city staff, as well as citizens who may not wish to make the drive to the South County. Wilda Shock, a member of the Lake County Regional Economic Development group, commented that the destination marketing case studies were particularly insightful. For instance, Oakridge, Oregon, an area that experienced a severe downturn in timber sales, decided to focus on developing sustainable trail systems in national forest lands to build an outdoors recreation economy. The area is now transforming into a world-class trails destination for mountain bikers as well as other recreationists.

Photo of IMBA TCC classroom instruction on trail building at Cobb Mountain Elementary School, Lake County, CA

The following day, trails instruction commenced literally “at school”: Cobb Mountain Elementary School’s multipurpose room served as the venue for the indoor instruction segment of the TCC visit. IMBA has perfected their curriculum based on their Trail Building School, employing detailed illustrations from their Trail Solutions Guide to Building Sweet Singletrack. The lessons covered the phases of trail building, from site selection to flagging, permitting and construction with emphasis on the different building methods, particularly as they related to the afternoon session. We broke for lunch around noon, and then headed to Boggs for field training.

Photo of Subaru/IMBA TCC safety briefing at Boggs - Jethro's Trail in Lake County, CALani and Jordan started the afternoon session with a safety briefing on handling and carrying trail tools such as Pulaskis, McLeods, and Rogue hoes. We then broke up into three groups to handle different segments of the re-route. (A special shout out to Adian Minty and Roy Stahl for helping remove widow makers and downfall!)
The first (upper) segment covered the transition to the new alignment and the bermed climbing turn, the second segment covered the relatively level area along the hillslope, and the last segment focused on the terminus of Jethro’s as it intersects Road 300. [More photos of the trailwork day are available through this link.]
Jethro’s Trail was selected because the former route led trail users down a wide but steep slope that continued to erode and get steeper every year. The re-route work appears successful so far; however, we will continue to monitor Jethro’s and make modifications to keep the trail as low maintenance as possible. These include elevating the bermed climbing turn to reduce the steepness, and extending the terminus further north toward a gentler slope that meets Road 300. Please feel free to contact us if you’d like to join and volunteer to help!
Photo of new terminus of Jethro's Trail, Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest, Lake County, CA

The restored old terminus of Jethro’s Trail

Photo of new terminus of Jethro's Trail, Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest, Lake County, CA

The new terminus of Jethro’s Trail

Remarkably, the trailwork went relatively quickly with a crew of about twenty volunteers, and by 4pm, we were ready to hit the new Mutt & Jess Bakery/Deli/Brewery at Cobb to check out their home brews (phenomenal, BTW!). Their bright magenta beet humus was to-die-for, and could probably make a vegan out of the burliest hairiest carnivore trail builder among us!It was an awesome day, and we were especially happy to have a large contingent of Harbin trail crews join us for the entire session!
Photo of Boggs volunteers and IMBA TCC at Mutt & Jess Restaurant, Cobb, Lake County, CA Photo of Boggs volunteers and IMBA TCC at Mutt & Jess Restaurant, Cobb, Lake County, CA Photo of Boggs volunteers and IMBA TCC at Mutt & Jess Restaurant, Cobb, Lake County, CA
Sunday at last! The Lake County Trails Coalition and High School Mountain Bike Teams (who alas, could not join us on Saturday due to an out-of-town race), led the Sunday social ride with over twenty cyclists and one contented hound. They all rode our Jethro’s re-route … and loved it :) !
Photo of IMBA TCC and Lake County mountain bikers at Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest, Lake County, CA
The Friends of Boggs Mountain would like to thank IMBA for this grant, and of course Lani and Jordan – for their wonderful educational, fun and productive visit to Lake County and Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest!
In addition, we owe a debt of gratitude to the approximately twenty-five local and out-of-town volunteers and participants such as Carlos Perez of Bike Monkey in Santa Rosa, and Chris Clutton from the Mendocino Coast Cyclists in Ft. Bragg who gave their time to learn and apply sustainable trail building techniques here at Boggs.
Last but not least, our sincere thanks and appreciation to business member, Harbin Hot Springs, for accommodating Lani and Jordan during their visit, 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

Above is a snapshot of the crew from this year’s visit vs. the photo below – the last time Subaru/IMBA TCC were here in 2004 (thanks to Tom Smythe for locating photo archives in his amazing filing system!). Back then, the crew worked on the Shaker Trail re-route and armored the seasonal creek crossing at Gails Trail.

Photo of Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew at Boggs 2004

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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!