The Office of historic Preservation, Department of Parks and Recreation has notified the Forest Service that the proposed interpretive trail and interpretive panel “… will result in no adverse effect to historic properties per 36 CFR 800.5(b)”
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.
After much hard work by all, a new Interpretive Plan has been approved by USFS District Ranger, Lesley Yen.
On Wednesday August 3, 2016, volunteers met with USFS personnel at the Young Family Ranch in Weaverville to discuss the Interpretive trail plan. Attending from the USFS were Valerie Glowinski, Peter Schmidt, Cynthia Luzietti, and Phyllis Swanson. Volunteer attendees were Carol Fall, Pam Augspurger, and Erik Anderson.
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.
Docent guided tours will be available at the Bowerman Barn and Ranch on Saturday July 2nd from 1 to 3 pm.
We invite you to visit the Bowerman Barn and Ranch as guides describe pioneer life in the 1880’s.
Imagine living along the main transportation route between California and Oregon, housing team-sters and their mules, selling butter and beef to miners and exploring the Trinity Alps. Join us and learn about the life of these early settlers of Trinity County.
We invite you to visit the Bowerman Barn and Ranch as guides describe pioneer life in the 1880’s on Saturday, May 28th from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm and Sunday, May 29th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
During the docent guided tour times, the barn will be open and visitors are invited to view the interior. The walking tour around the barn is over uneven ground and sturdy shoes are recommended. There is no charge for the tour.
The Forest Service mules are back in the Bowerman pasture in preparation for the summer season.
Volunteers are needed for the next work day on Sunday May 22 from 1 pm to 3 pm to layout the interpretive trail. The work will consist of weed-whacking, cutting branches, raking etc. to make a nicer trail for the upcoming Memorial day weekend docent tour events. 1 pm is the safety briefing and the finish up will be about 3 pm. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
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.
The Trinity Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) met on April 4, 2016 and approved funding of $8,000 for the “Bowerman Homestead Trail and Web Map” proposal. The funding will be used for two components. The first component is to construct the interpretive trail through the Bowerman Homestead site connecting historic features. The second component involves creating accurate, user friendly information available via an updated interactive website and smart phone application. The RAC funding is from the Secure Rural Schools Authorization Extension, Public Law 110-343.