NEMO River Valley Chapter, local affiliate of Show-Me Missouri Back Country Horsemen (SMMBCH) and Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA), will hold its annual re-organizational meeting to elect officers and to schedule projects and events.
Area trail riders are invited to attend the re-organizational meeting which will be Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Boudreaux Visitor Center, Route J at Mark Twain Lake. Social time is at 4:30 p.m., the carry-in dinner begins ata 5 p.m. with the meeting following at 6 p.m. For information contact Mary K. Church (573) 406-2566, Becki Krueger (660) 727-3295, Wayne Lake (573) 985-7132, or visit www.showmebch.org .
SMMBCH is a service organization composed of trail riders who work to “perpetuate the commonsense use and enjoyment of horses” on our public lands, through education, advocacy, and partnership. Locally, NEMO River Valley Chapter partners with managers at Mark Twain Lake to maintain Joanna and Lick Creek Trails, both multi-use trails.
In addition to regular trail maintenance, and holding an educational Youth Day and trail ride, chapter members are proud to have partnered with COE in 2012 through completion of four new equestrian-friendly campsites near the Frank Russell horse stalls, as well as a fellowship area that will safely accommodate a campfire and group seating. These improvements were made possible by a Challenged Partnership Agreement grant; chapter members agreed to donate $10,000 in labor and materials, as their contribution. Members used their talents and resources to donate materials and build hitch rails, as well as clearing the area and setting them; grills, tables, and lantern hooks were also assembled and set as needed.
Additionally, through NEMO River Valley’s partnership on a Recreational Trails Program grant, a restroom is in place and functional at the Frank Russell trail head, and one will also be installed at the Spalding Trail Head when weather permits.
Members use their trail horses and mules for most of the trail maintenance, and on scheduled project weekends enjoy camping and trail riding.