Mike Kasper, we will miss you.

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!


Boggs Mountain Fiesta


The “Minty” Connector Trail

Adian Minty on a section of the proposed connector trail at Boggs

Adian Minty on a section of the proposed connector trail at Boggs

Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest is working with Konocti Regional Trails (KRT) to develop a connector trail from Boggs to the village of Cobb. KRT is currently preparing a CEQA (CA Environmental Quality Act) initial study draft, to solicit comments from agencies such as CAL FIRE, Caltrans, Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, Cobb Area Water District, PG&E, County of Lake staff, as well as local schools, the surrounding community and general public. Gerri Finn, Boggs Forest Manager, has given her enthusiastic support for this project, and will be providing input in the environmental review.

The connector trail is less than a mile, begins at the base of the Interpretive Trail, and will follow the state property line on the southern border of the forest toward Hwy 175. It will then turn south toward the Emerson property, requiring an approximately 700-ft trail easement, and an encroachment permit from Caltrans until it ends at the intersection of Estates Drive and Hwy 175. Caltrans has proposed installing flashing beacons to the north and south of the intersection to warn motorists of pedestrians.

Professional trail builders are being considered to help flag and construct a 4-ft wide multiuse path with trail dozers on some steep areas as shown in the photo. A puncheon (a low bridge with no rails) may also need to be built for a seasonal creek crossing. Fundraising, donations and grants are being considered to help pay for the trail construction. Volunteer trail crews will also be deployed to do finishing work.

The connector trail is the brainchild of Adian Minty, a Cobb community volunteer, father of Cobb Elementary School children, and avid mountain biker. It is his aspiration for this trail to provide safe access to Boggs for school children who need to ride a bus just to get to the forest less than a mile away. It will also provide access to the village of Cobb’s shops and restaurants for Boggs visitors, and for community residents who wish to walk or ride their bikes to the forest from their homes.

For more information, please contact KRT Trails Coordinator and Friends of Boggs Volunteer, Gigi Stahl, at fobmtn [at) gmail {dot} com.

Speaker Event on Trails and Invasive Species in the MNF

View from the Bloody Rock Trailhead in the Snow Mtn Wilderness

View from the Bloody Rock Trailhead in the Snow Mtn Wilderness

The Friends of Boggs Mountain will be hosting a talk by Joshua Hamrick, Student Conservation Association (SCA) Wilderness Inventory Intern of the Upper Lake office of the Mendocino National Forest (MNF), on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at 10am at Boggs Mountain.

Joshua, an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology graduate from Marshall University in West Virginia, came on board the MNF this past April, and has spent the last three months scouting trails in the Snow Mountain Wilderness, assessing the prevalence of various non-native invasive plant species in the area. Among the target list of about 35 plants are Yellow starthistle, Canada, Bull and Milk thistles, Teasel, Scotch, French and Spanish broom, Tamarisk, and various grasses. The audience will learn how invasive species can impact native habitats and wildlife, and ways we can help preserve our native habitats.

Student Conservation Association/MNF Intern Joshua Hamrick on the Cold Creek Trail

Student Conservation Association/MNF Intern Joshua Hamrick on the Cold Creek Trail

Part of Joshua’s internship includes projects in wilderness education and outreach, and those interested in visiting the Snow Mountain Wilderness and other areas of the Mendocino National Forest will benefit from his knowledge gathered from recent hikes and backpacking explorations of the area. Joshua will continue his backcountry explorations through the end of June, and those who are fit and capable of hiking steep, off-trail areas and are interested in volunteering to help with surveys can contact him directly at joshuahamrick@fs.fed.us.

Please bring a foldable chair for the talk; refreshments will be available. The venue will be across the main parking lot, and the talk will begin at 10am. The forest entrance is located off Highway 175, just 1 ½ miles north of Cobb Village, at the blue State Fire Station/Boggs Mountain Forest sign. For further information, please contact Gigi Stahl at 707-809-5299.