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.
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!