Latest News Flash

SMMBCH IS GROWING!!  We have a new Chapter!  That makes 9!

We welcome South Central Chapter.  Maury Mertz and Carol Williams are Co Trail Boss.

 HUGE THANKS goes out to Larry Bast of the Eastern Chapter for rescuing the Cuivre River State Park from loosing their $100,000 RTP Grant and improving the trailhead parking lot.  Kelly Brent, MO State Parks Trail Coordinator, recommended Larry because of work he had done in other state parks.  With his work expertise and common (horse) sense, Larry is now their “go to” guy on the states future projects.  Way to go Larry!

Tri Lakes Chapter is hosting a work weekend at Brushy Creek on 10/9-12.

See details here -> help

Thanks to Marsha Copeland, SMMBCH was able to partner with Pepsico to purchase 5000 mesh bags for trail trash pickup. The bags have our logo and the Pepsi logo.  See more here -> partner  Contact Marsha to get bags for your next trash pickup. marshacopeland155@yahoo.com

Be sure to keep the Publications Committee up-to-date with you chapter’s activity so that your calendar can be updated!! Send your web updates to:

Dennis Simpson dennis-simpson@hotmail.com .  Send your face book updates to Cristlyn Randazzo horsin213@yahoo.com .

 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!HOT TOPIC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Annual Meeting at Brushy Creek October 31st through Nov 2nd.

Meeting will start at 9:00 AM on Nov 1st.

Call Brushy Creek for reservations at 573-269-4600.

Needed: New or Good Quality items for the Auctions.

Items for Door Prizes

Silent Auction, Breakfast and Evening Meal provided by SMMBCH

You’re Invited to a Work Event!

Tri-Lakes Chapter is hosting an informal work event for Brushy Creek on October 9-12th.  Tri-Lakes Chapter would like to invite all other chapters and Members-at-Large to attend and participate.  The event would be clipping overgrown trails, mostly across J Highway, and putting up trail markers or replacing trail markers.  Tri-Lakes will coordinate with Brushy Creek for work assignments and work areas.  There are other trail issues needing attention. A more detailed work event will be planned for the spring or another date.
Call Brushy Creek for reservations: 573-269-4600.
Brushy Creek will be offering a discount for SMMBCH members who come to work.
Campsite:  $15 per night
Stalls:  $5 per night
Come for part of the weekend or attend the full 4 days.
DIRECTIONS:  From I-44 at Rolla, go south on Hwy 72 to Salem, then east on 32 to Hwy “KK” to “J”, then east on “J” for 6 miles.
Also – Don’t forget our annual meeting also at Brushy Creek 10/31 to 11/2.  The actual meeting will be on Saturday morning.  Call Brushy Creek for reservations.

THIS IS IMPORTANT! — Parking Lot Closure

 Please be advised and pass this information to other riders you know:

 THE EQUESTRIAN DAY USE PARKING WILL BE CLOSED STARTING TUESDAY, SEPT. 16TH, FOR APPROXIMATELY TWO WEEKS.  THE PARKING LOT WILL BE REWORKED AND GRAVEL LAID DOWN.  YOU MAY PARK IN THE OVERFLOW AREA.  PLEASE PARK RESPECTFULLY TO ALLOW SPACE FOR OTHER RIDERS.  DO NOT PARK IN THE OVERNIGHT AREA.  

 YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE TRAIL HEAD ALONG THE WOODSY TREELINE.  JUST BE AWARE THAT THERE WILL BE HEAVY EQUIPMENT WORKING AND DUMP TRUCKS DELIVERING LOADS OF GRAVEL.  THEY WILL WATCH OUT FOR YOU, BUT YOU MUST BE SURE THAT THEY CAN SEE YOU COMING AND GOING, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE EXITING THE TRAIL HEAD.

 AFTER A WEEK AND A HALF, YOU MAY CALL THE PARK HOTLINE 636-528-5817 TO SEE IF THE DAY USE PARKING IS OPEN AGAIN. 

 THERE WILL BE A CIRCULAR DRIVE WITH A LANE THROUGH THE MIDDLE DIVIDING THE AREA INTO TWO LOTS SO PARKING WILL BE ARRANGED DIAGONALLY WITH SEVERAL GRASSY AREAS WITH HITCHING POSTS AND A LONGING AREA.

 

Indian Trails Chapter builds a new pavilion

tmi kids champ 441 (1)Indian Trails Chapter is very excited to have had the opportunity to build a new pavilion over our donated picnic table for all trail users to use on the multi-use trails at Indian Creek Conservation Area.  The pavilion and picnic table are at the old Baker Cemetery which our chapter reclaimed several years ago and continues to maintain.  This is a great place on the trail to stop for lunch.  There are hitching posts built by our chapter so you can tie up your horse and enjoy a rest under the pavilion. Gene Atterberry also built and placed mounting blocks at the cemetery for riders to use.  The pavilion would not have been possible without the TMI program from SMMBCH  and the great working relationship our chapter has established with our local Missouri Department of Conservation Office.  Many thanks to Kevin Krause MDC for helping us get this project approved.  We are sincerely grateful to chapter member Gene Atterberry and his crew Carroll Moorman, Steve Johns and Dennis Leuschen for their hard work in building the pavilion and the use of Gene’s equipment to build the pavilion.

Service Committee Report

Dedicated members are working all over the state to further our mission through education, advocacy, and service.  Chapter work days are taking place on a regular basis, and several individual members carry their trail tools when they ride, and turn in work accomplished on their own time.  As of Aug. 26, the following has been reported:

Total Hours                                                           3,369

Total Travel Miles                                               32,648

Total Equipment Hours                                          313

Total Stock Days                                                     278

Total Value                                                     $151,788

 

Our work is our credibility and Missouri looks very good when compared to other states, thanks to our committed members.  BCHA wants to know how many trail miles we have worked.   Miles that have been reported  amount to 260 so far in 2014.  However, this is under-reported; notice at the top of the VHR form, on the right side, and try to remember to fill that out with a good estimation of trail miles that were worked.   Thanks to my committee and to individuals for all the good reporting.

Mary K Church, Service Committee Chair; 573-406-2566; mkchurch@centurylink.net

River Springs Chapter News by Candace Hale

In spite of the extreme heat, the chapter has continued to have its monthly ride/work days.    In June, we had several members attend the Fun Ride at Brushy Creek, which is always a fun time.  Two weeks later we returned to Lazy C Wrangler Camp in Oregon County, to finish our Trail Maintenance Incentive.  While we were working, several trailers arrived with riders who praised what we had done.  We are very proud of the end result and hope others, in the future, will enjoy the campground with all its improvements.

In July, we lucked out when the weather turned nice and we rode at Lake Wappapello State Park.  There were many trees down that we will return later in the year to remove in Butler County.  We thought it would be too hot for chain saws, but we did snip and remove limbs before returning to the parking area for a pot luck lunch.

For August we rode out from the Shawnee Staging Area in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.  The trails were clear of downed trees, but we snipped and lopped the overhang and replaced missing trail markers.  We were also lucky enough to see a few of the “wild” horses as we progressed along the trail near the Broadfoot fields.  The three panel information boards at the Broadfoot staging area were missing and we reported that to the ONSR Park officials.

We had some disappointing news from the Ripley County Wagon Train and Trail Ride Assoc.  They have withdrawn from the 0-3 project in Ripley County.  0-3 is a non-designated campground and we had agreed to partner with them and the Mark Twain National Forest Eleven Point District on getting the trails mapped and designated and improvements to the primitive campground.  Our chapter members discussed the project and decided to continue with the partnership with the MTNF.  As soon as the summer heat abates, member Gary Garner and others will be GPS mapping the existing trails and we will also be working on getting a grant to help with the costs.   The proposal includes approximately 30 miles of designated trails that will loop to the Current River and back,  a driving trail for wagons and carriages and an improved campground.

GE GE GE GE GE

 

BROWNFIELD CHAPTER NEWS

Welcome to Robert Weaver and Darlene & Matthew Helmig who recently joined as members of the Brownfield Chapter!

Trail Designation Update:  Designating trails is a long process but almost there!  Per Carol of the forestry on 26 June:  ‘The final heritage report should be going to the State Historic Preservation Office for approval as we speak.  This is the last piece to complete approval.’

And on 18 August, update of the project for designating the red and blue trails is completed ‘and should be receiving a letter from the State Historic Preservation Office for the files by the 1st of September, but got verbal approval that all is good.’

Carol is working with the GPS specialist to get the new loops added onto the trails layer, so the trail map on the Forest Service website can be updated this fall.  She also requested Cole Creek Trail with the new loops be added to The Missouri Equestrian Trail Guide.
Per Carol: “Long time coming and thanks for all the volunteers help!”

The Brownfield Chapter asked approval to submit a grant for a pavilion; however, the response was ‘Forest Plan guides us to “Develop trailheads to the minimum standard that serves the established use.  Place primary emphasis on public safety by providing adequate parking space off roadways.”  Rarely do we have pavilions at any trailheads, unless it is a developed campground/picnic area.’  A nice to have but definitely not a must!

In the mean time, the Brownfield Chapter was approved and received the TMI.  Part of the funds were spent to have two loads of gravel delivered to the campground circle drive then used a tractor to place some of the gravel under the picnic tables and forestry sign (unfortunately spinning in the gravel and in the grass has been a past time of some coming to the campground….).  Signs for naming the ponds along the trails were made and hung the first part of August. The color coded diamonds with nails were ordered for marking the trails and placed on the trails in mid-August along with letters at intersections.  These markers are intended to make navigating the trails easy and the Cole Creek Trail map was updated and published on the Brownfield Chapter webpage to include the color coded trails and the lettered intersections.

bf pic

The last 2014 event will be a fall work day on September 27, Brownfield Chapter’s 4th Annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD) Work Day.  The Tri-Lakes Chapter will be joining us again this year, looking forward to visiting and working with that great group again!  Carol from the forestry is planning on attending the work day and bringing some fiberglass trail post markers with stickers along with a post driver to mark the trails that go through the fields.  She wants to get the new color diamonds up on the new trail sections during the work day (already started but more diamonds are needed in areas where the trail is hard to follow, confirm the trail, and mark the trail in the fields).
Heads up!  Do not plan on riding or camping at Cole Creek Trail the weekend before the work day. The Berryman Adventure group submitted an application to the forestry for a bike/run/canoeing event the weekend of 20 September.  The group is planning to use Cole Creek Campground as their headquarters (about 75 campers) and use the trails for mountain biking and orienteering.  At the time this article was written the Forest Service was completing the special use permit.

 

 

NEMO River Valley Chapter News

June 7- Our first National Trails Day Membership Ride.   Old and new members enjoyed lunch in the barn at Frank Russell, LNT awareness lesson by Becki Krueger, and a ride that required raincoats.     The day was very damp, but spirits were not, and since we gained members, it was a success, despite the rain.

June 19-Eleven volunteers met to do groundwork and clearing around the existing campsites, and those under construction at Frank Russell.   Wayne Lake and John Turner were busy with tractor, loader, chainsaw, 4 wheeler and harrow, which made it easier on those workers with the shovels!  As usual, Shelly, Corp of Engineers manager, was working with us.

July 22- Eight members met at Spalding Trail Head to finish work around the new restroom;  Wayne furnished and operated tractor and loader; John ran his chainsaw.  We cleared picnic area, raked, shoveled, seeded, along with COE personnel Allen and Shelly.  A large amount of water furnished by Culligan was consumed, due to the heat and humidity.

NEMO River Valley Crew at Frank Russell Trail Head: Mary K Church, Wayne Lake, Don Lay, Shelly Howald (COE), Carole Sharp, Donna Turner, Linda Davis, John Turner, David and Marguerite Jones, Gordon Ipson (FOREST Council). Walt Davis helped with the work, not pictured.

NEMO River Valley Crew at Frank Russell Trail Head: Mary K Church, Wayne
Lake, Don Lay, Shelly Howald (COE), Carole Sharp, Donna Turner, Linda Davis,
John Turner, David and Marguerite Jones, Gordon Ipson (FOREST Council). Walt
Davis helped with the work, not pictured.

Marguerite Jones and grandson, Lincoln Talbott, work side-by-side on the landscape work at Spalding Trail Head.

Marguerite Jones and grandson, Lincoln Talbott, work side-by-side on the
landscape work at Spalding Trail Head.

Aug. 14- Wayne and Margaret Lake and Mary K Church enjoyed lunch at the Visitors’ Center, along with local COE personnel, to welcome the new St. Louis District Commander, Colonel Mitchell.

Sept. 27, NPLD-Work day is scheduled to begin at 9 AM, meeting at the Frank Russell Trail Head.

There are numerous projects that need attention, including setting the hitch rail and construction of picnic tables at Spalding Trail Head.  Additionally, we will focus on whatever other projects  our COE managers need assistance with.

Oct. 25- We are scheduled to do Mt. Pleasant Cemetery maintenance.  Work crews will ride from Von’s @ 9:30.

Nov. 1- SMMBCH Annual Membership meeting at Brushy Creek will be attended by several NEMO Chapter members.

TMI project is in process. The carsonite posts have arrived; workdays have not been scheduled to set those, but will be soon.

Several of the chapter  members always ride with  loppers, saw, and clippers, and take care of trouble spots when the see them.   Thanks to these dedicated Back Country Horsemen!

 

 

 

Tri-Lakes Chapter has been busy with trail clearing and cleaning on the multiples public agencies within our area

tri lakes pic

Tri-Lakes Chapter has been busy with trail clearing and cleaning on the multiples public agencies within our area.  Along with the Corp of Engineers property at Truman and Pomme De Terre Lakes, work has also been done on Missouri Conservation Areas of Lead Mine, Compton Hollow, and Busiek State Forest.  It is encouraging that most of the work has been clearing trails of weather debris and clipping.  Trash pickup has been less but with deer season yet to come, this will probably change.

A Chapter Fun Ride was held a t Slabtown in July.  Along with riding for the joy of it, trails still got clipped along the way.  Home-made ice cream was a regular late afternoon treat.  A short drive to the old campsite on the Big Piney River was enjoyed for cooling off time in the river.  The catfish dinner on Saturday night was also a great treat and good visiting time.  Tri-Lakes members were pleased to have other SMMBCH members, Eldon and Diane Kreisel, and Maury Metz, join in the ride and the fun.

Tri-Lakes Chapter was very involved in the mesh bag project.  (See mesh bag article)  The bags were delivered to the Pepsi plant in Springfield, where Larry Dishman, chapter member and Pepsi Lead Mechanic, made sure a place to store them was found until distribution could take place.

August 2nd was the Chapter’s Youth Day Event.  It was held at BC Stables in Fair Grove.  Eight youngster s participated. ( See youth day article).

Something new this year was the planning for a summer social event.  August 23rd an old-fashioned ice cream social and pie supper was held in spite of the weather forecast of 100 degrees.  It was planned as an outside event but quickly turned into an inside event with air conditioning at the Elkland Lions Club.  Four flavors of ice cream were consumed along with an auction of pies, cakes, cobblers, cookies,sweetbreads, and TOMATOES.  It was declared a success and will show up on the 2015 calendar for a repeat event.