Prez Says from BCHW President Kathy Young
Summer of 2017 and what are the Back Country Horsemen of Washington up to? The new Mt. Olympus Chapter has been out cleaning up trails on the Bogachiel, Pierce County Chapter has had several work parties out of the Sahara Creek Horse Camp, and you can count on Skagit County chapter to have a monthly work party at Les Hilde Trailhead. The BCHW hot shot logging crew is just coming out of the Pasaytan Wilderness after a few days spent opening trails out of the Andrews Creek Trailhead. That event included crews from BCHW, WTA and PNTA as well as a huge effort by the Methow District FS crews to get the Andrews Creek trail cleared of logs so BCHW could get in to get started further out. Grays Harbor cleared the West Fork of the Humptulips trail #806. Some of the members of the Pierce County Chapter have assisted in an Eagle Scout Project, and Wenas members will be assisting a Girl Scout to complete a bridge project later this summer. Iím sure that I could go on and on with the work that is being done out on our public lands by our incredible and skilled members. I have trail/work reports from Buckhorn Range, Cascade Horse Club, Tahoma, TrailDusters, Mt St Helens. Iíd love to name all of you who are out there working; itís my fault that I simply canít keep up with all the reports. So just keep on posting, get the word out about the fine and important work that is being done.
August will bring us to our 5th Annual State Wide Work Party. Who knew back at that first event at Lion Rock that we would be so engaged with each other and the success of our joint collaborations? SWWP6 is already in the preliminary planning stages. Letís keep the momentum going, and ride on! Iím convinced that we are meeting our mission, thanks to the support of all of our members. Numbers count. We welcome new members and truth be known, horses are optional. If you believe in the mission of keeping our trails on public lands open and accessible we can use your support.
Kathy Young, BCHW
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