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USFS Youth Conservation Corps installs fence

Volunteers installing Fence around cemetery.
USFS Youth Corps painting picket fence around cemetery.
Volunteers and USFS Youth Corps Install Fence.

The USFS Youth Conservation Corps installed and painted a picket fence around the cemetery on July 15-16. The white picket fence is more historically appropriate than the deteriorated rail fence it replaces.

Interpretive Sign Manufactured and Delivered to USFS

New 4′ by 6′ sign to be installed at the Bowerman Barn soon. [click to enlarge]
A new 4 foot by 6 foot interpretive sign that will be mounted in front of the Bowerman Barn has been manufactured and shipped to the Weaverville USFS office. Installation of the sign awaits the arrival of the mounting frame which should be available soon! The sign includes historical details and a map of the interpretive trail.

HistoriCoprs Volunteers work on Restoration of Barn

A team of HistoriCorps volunteers spent a week at Bowerman Barn in early October to help complete some critical stabilization projects including some foundation and beam replacements involving traditional mortise and tenon joinery pegged together with hardwood pegs.

The group, camping, on site endured some of the first cold nights with frost of the season.

HistoriCorps’ mission is to save and sustain historic places for public benefit through partnerships that foster public involvement, engage volunteers and provide training and education.  HistoriCorps is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides volunteers of all skill levels with a hands-on experience preserving historic structures on public lands across America. Volunteers work with HistoriCorps field staff to learn preservation skills and put those skills to work saving historic places that have fallen into disrepair. HistoriCorps works to ensure America’s cultural and historical resources exist for generations to come.

Funding was provided by the USFS and the Trinity County Resource Advisory Committee.

Volunteer Builds New Trail Section

Local volunteer, Russ Robinson, brought his earth moving equipment to the Bowerman Barn to build a gently sloped new section of trail connecting the existing asphalt area behind the barn to the Guy Covington Road. Thank you Russ!

Sunday May 21, 2017 Workday


A group of volunteers turned out on Sunday afternoon on May 21 to prepare the barn and trail for the Memorial day weekend visitors. The group cleared weeds around the barn, cut small trees along the interpretive trail, removed barbed wire, and cleaned the inside of the barn.

Volunteers and USFS Meet to Develop Interpretive Sign

On January 12, 2017, volunteers, Carol, Pam, and Erik met with USFS staff, Cindy, Phyllis and Valerie to discuss the layout and content of the interpretive sign. The sign will be approximately 4 feet high by 6 feet wide and include information about the Bowerman family, the barn construction and function, and the interpretive trail.

On January 14th, volunteers photographed features in the interior of the barn. The recent snow required some effort to remove before getting into the barn.

Visitors Enjoy Docent Guided Tour of the Barn and Ranch

On Saturday July 2, 2016 visitors had the rare opportunity to visit the inside of the Bowerman Barn guided by docent, Carol Fall. The inside is only accessible during guided tours due to structural issues. Future docent tours will be announced on this website and local media.

Site Visit by Forest Service and Volunteers

Volunteers and Forest Service members map and discuss the interpretive trail.
Volunteers and Forest Service members map and discuss the interpretive trail.

On April 12, 2016, Forest Service personnel and volunteers met at the Bowerman Barn to discuss the interpretive trail. The group walked along the proposed trail to define the path and the location of interpretive markers. The County Resource Conservation District, which will help build the trail, was represented by Shiloe Braxton, District Manager. Forest Service personnel attending were Vinci Keeler, Phyllis Swanson, Peter Schmidt, Cynthia Luzietti, and Charles Clark. Volunteers included Carol Fall, Pam Augspurger, Erik Anderson, and Mariko Tanaka.