The season of Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen (BRBCH) projects is drawing to a close. This week, volunteers will help Bitterroot National Forest with maintenance and improvement work at Rock Creek Horse Camp near the Lake Como Dam.
Crews and their livestock will be at the horse camp on Thursday and Friday, September 16 and 17, and plans include replacing fire rings and picnic table planks, spreading new gravel, and a general clean-up of the camp site. The work will be carried out by combined teams from the BR Back Country Horsemen and the Bitterroot National Forest.
Funding for this particular project comes from the Great American Outdoors Act of 2020, which is part of the National Parks and Public Legacy Restoration Fund. It was created to make up for certain priority deferred maintenance projects. Bitterroot National Forest received nearly $ 2 million for various improvements. Some of the campgrounds have included Charles Waters, Sam Billings, and Indian Trees Campgrounds.
Bitterroot hinterland riders are busy every year in the Bitterroot Forest. This summer, work included work on the main East Fork Trail near the East Fork Guardhouse in the Sula Ranger District, the Blodgett Creek Trail west of Hamilton, the Coyote Coulee Loop Trails south of Hamilton, and resupply trips to St. Mary’s Lookout west of Stevensville.
Each year, they devote around 600 personal hours and over 400 inventory hours to projects, and have been doing so for decades. The Chapter was one of the first groups of backcountry horsemen in the United States, starting in 1976. The Bitter Root Backcountry Horsemen will have their monthly reunion on Thursday, September 16 at the Corvallis School cafeteria on Eastside Highway in Corvallis at 7pm. need to own a horse or mule to be part of the group. Learn more about them on their website.
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