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June 21 Workday

About a dozen volunteers attended a workday event on Saturday June 21st. The group gathered at 8:30-9:00 am and started rose bush cutting and general maintenance. Due to the hot weather conditions, the group stopped at 10 am. The group consensus is to start earlier on future hot weather workdays. Check News and Announcements for the next workday date and time.

Painting raffle results


Bowerman Barn watercolor by Joy Wiltsee
Bowerman Barn watercolor by Joy Wiltsee

A gorgeous original watercolor painting of the Bowerman Barn by Joy Wiltsee was raffled at the Trinity Lake Wine & Jazz Fest on July 19, 2014 to raise funds for improvements to the Bowerman Barn and surrounding historic area.

Congratulations to the winner, George Bauman, from Long Canyon.

The raffle raised about $650! Thanks to all who participated.


New Bench Installed

On Friday May 9, 2014 volunteers installed a new bench in a tree-shaded area adjacent to the barn. Many thanks to the Trinity River Conservation Camp Crew who both made and donated the bench. Volunteers also continued with the invasive rose bush cutting.

The picnic table is now ready for visitors to enjoy.

Picnic Bench ready to use
Picnic Bench ready to use

News from first workday

The first volunteer work day on Saturday April 5, 2014 was a big success. After the sign-in and safety briefing, the group split up and worked on several tasks: positioning and painting the picnic table, cutting the invasive roses, cleaning up the family cemetery, and general cleanup. A big thanks to all who participated! (Hover on thumbnail for caption and click to enlarge image.)

Details for Volunteer work Day

The April 5th volunteer work day is coming up soon. The latest weather forecast is for “20% chance of showers and a high temperature of 62 F.”

The “tailgate” safety lecture starts at 10 am. It is required for USFS volunteer liability coverage so there will be cookies and coffee to encourage everyone to get there a little early. More baked goods are welcome.

Suitable work clothes such as sturdy shoes and long pants are also required. Also bring work gloves, rakes, paint scrapers and long-handled loppers if you have them.


After the safety briefing, the group will split into teams to 1) install a picnic table, 2) clean-up the cemetery, 3) cut non-native roses in the pasture, and 4) general chores such as installing signs, working on a temporary parking area, and cleaning up trash.

At about 12:30 pm will be a lunch break. Bring your own lunch or a dish for potluck. Tables, drinks and snacks will be provided. Bring your own chair if possible.

See you there!


Volunteer work day April 5, 2014

The first volunteer work day at the Bowerman Barn and homestead has been scheduled for Saturday, April 5th, 2014. Join us at 10 am for sign-in and a safety lecture, which is required by the USFS for all volunteers. We will split into teams to install a picnic table, clean up the cemetery, cut non-native roses in the pasture, and other tasks.

Bring your lunch or a dish for a potluck at 12:30pm. Tables, drinks, and snacks will be provided. Please bring your own chair. Call Carol Fall at 530-286-2855 for more information.

USFS Mules return to the Bowerman Pasture

The USFS mules and horses have been wintering at the pasture of the Bowerman ranch. The hardworking mules and horses are used to pack supplies such as food, mail and tools to back country crews. They also supply firefighters when conditions such as weather and smoke prevent the use of the helicopters.

USFS mules wintering at the Bowerman ranch pasture.
USFS mules wintering at the Bowerman ranch pasture.


Carol Fall and "Pancho"
Carol Fall and “Pancho”