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September 6, 2014 Workday

About 13 volunteers worked on the Saturday, September 6th workday! After the safety briefing, the group disassembled the old cemetery fence and then installed the replacement cedar posts. First the layout was measured, and then the 8 vertical posts were placed. On a future workday, the rough sawn stringer boards, donated by the Conservation Camp, will be attached as will the 1″ by 4″ pickets. The hand tool lopping of very small firs and dead locust trees around the cemetery makes the area look nicer and less cluttered.

Meeting at Barn with USFS Cultural Resource Staff

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Peter Schmidt and Penny Del Bene from the USFS National Recreation Area office meet with local Bowerman Barn organization members on August 6th. They were able to view the area and get a “lay of the land” to see where the historic wagon road and Bowerman house might have been. A future project using sensitive metal detectors to locate buried nails should be able to answer the question of where the house was located. Discussion of appropriate fencing around the cemetery, based on photos and other considerations of the era, led to an agreement that a picket fence rather than a split rail fence is more likely what was used. Everyone left feeling a general excitement about the historic aspects of the project and future activities. The Bowerman Barn organization thanks Peter and Penny for their time and effort on this project!

California Conservation Corps Replaces Bowerman Pasture Fence

Shasta 22 CCC crew
Shasta 22 CCC crew

The Shasta 22 California Conservation Corps (CCC) work group arrived on June 25th, 2014 for an 8-day work project to repair and replace fencing around the Bowerman barn.  The group worked hard and accomplished their goal of replacing about 3 miles of fencing. All this in spite of unusually hot temperatures on numerous days. The community showed support by bringing desserts such as brownies and  ice cream to the crew, which were greatly appreciated!

The community is very appreciative of this hard work and extends its thanks to the Shasta 22 crew!

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.)

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”