Celebrate National Trails Day® by taking the #PublicLandsProtector Pledge

Each year people all across the country unite on the first Saturday of June in celebration of American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®. In past years our Chapter has hosted an event maintaining the Larry Scott Trail, part of the Olympic Discovery Trail and the Pacific NW National Scenic Trail. This year, we won’t be meeting in person, but we will still protect and promote trails and access to quality green spaces.

The COVID-19 quarantine has put into sharp focus how time spent outside is helpful for mental and physical health, but trails are under threat and not everyone has permanent access to quality green space. Take American Hiking Society’s #PublicLandsProtector Pledge in honor of National Trails Day® and commit to taking at least one action in 2020 to protect trails and fight for equitable access to quality green space.

American Hiking Society will provide easy actions you can take, even while social-distancing. Everyone who takes the #PublicLandsProtector Pledge will be entered to win several outdoor gear prize packages.

Celebrate National Trails Day® with these easy steps:

Pledge: Become a #PublicLandsProtector

Act: American Hiking willprovide easy actions you can take, even while in quarantine

Connect: Share why trails and natural space are important to you. Tag #NationalTrailsDay, #PublicLandsProtector, and @AmericanHiking in your social media posts

Take the pledge


Looking ahead

Remember that we will not have our May 8th meeting. Hoping June will find us together and really have my fingers crossed that we can go camping at LeBar Horse Camp on July 17-19. 
Until we meet again…

Kris Lenke, President

Buckhorn Range Chapter

This is a picture on the fabulous LeBar Trail last summer.

The Magnificent Seven

We, the Magnificent Seven, had a very productive work party today at the Horse Park. We cut massive amounts of scotch broom and beat it into submission placing it into piles. The “Sevens” were Helen, Larry, Robin, Peter , Jeff, Juelie, Kris.


Horse Park Work Party

We are holding a work party on Saturday Feb 1 at the Jefferson County Horse Park on Cape George Road.   The work will begin at 10 am.   If it rains hard, we will be out of there by 10:01.   If it rains a little, we will work much longer.

The task at hand is a simple one – clean up the scotchbroom around the parking lot and make the area more slightly.

I plan to burn that scotch broom pile that has been sitting there since we were young.   We will pile the fire with more broom that we cut with whatever tools we have…………loppers, brush cutters, knives, swords, saws, trained beavers, and hand pull (for the macho).   I know folks are worried about what we will do if we get all the scotch broom pulled.   Not to worry – there’s an endless supply.

We need to get rid of the old steel gate.   Maybe stuff it into someone’s trunk when they aren’t looking.  

Please bring gloves, cutting tools if you have them, and maybe a wheelbarrow too if you have it.  This is a Bring Your Own Refreshments work party so we won’t have the usual oyster shooters and lemons.  

Hopefully this year, we will finally get the opportunity to build the world class Happy Horse Trail across the horse park.

I don’t have any virtual glasses this time so you won’t think you’re working in Hawaii.

Thanks to all who show up!!   It’s 2020 and time to get excited about a new year. 

Contact me with any questions.

Jeff Chapman,

Buckhorn Range Chapter Director


Fear and Riding

Buckhorn Range Chapter of Backcountry Horsemen will host Dr. Heather Macdonald onFebruary 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the Tri Area Center in Chimacum. 

What horseback rider hasn’t at times felt his confidence undermined by perceived threats to his safety? 

Our guest speaker is an outdoor enthusiast, equestrian, and former international mountain guide.  As a practicing psychologist and professor of psychology Dr. Macdonald will help us understand the biology and psychology of fear.

Not merely an academic Dr. Macdonald speaks her own existential understanding of fear having fallen into a crevasse on Mount Denali and experiencing a blizzard in the Himalaya while leading a climb.The presentation is open to the public.  All horseback riders who have ever felt afraid to ride are encouraged to come and bring a friend.


Trail Safe!

Do you work as a trails volunteer for National Park Service? This video series was designed for you, but is useful to everyone! Based on NPS Operational Leadership Training, Trail Safe! captures the core learning objectives of the 16 hour Operational Leadership course while allowing volunteers to learn from their own homes on-line through eight video lessons. Register yourself (and others if you are watching as a group) to receive credit for participation. When you have viewed and registered for all eight individual lessons, each volunteer will receive a Trail Safe! pin and a SPE/GAR card in the mail for your use in the field. Not sure what a SPE/GAR card is? You will after viewing the Trail Safe! series!”



Trail Safe!

TRAIL SAFE! is a unique safety training program designed specifically for National Park Service (NPS) Trail Volunteers, but is useful to everyone! It’s based upon NPS Operational Leadership Training, where the Human Factor of safety is explored.Trail Safe! captures the core learning objectives of the 16 hour Operational Leadership course while allowing volunteers to learn from their own homes on-line.

The Trail Safe! series is found below in eight video lessons, each ranging in length from 18 to 40 minutes long. Viewing the entire eight lesson series will take approximately three hours. Watch them over the course of multiple days, or “binge watch” the entire series in three hours—it’s up to you—but please watch them in numeric order from Lesson 1 through Lesson 8.

After viewing each individual lesson, return to the Trail Safe! main page and scroll down to learn how to get credit. The Training Verification Roster is in email format, with several standard data questions for you to answer (where you volunteer, your mailing address, etc.).

Register yourself (and others if you are watching as a group) to receive credit for participation. When you have viewed and registered for all eight individual lessons, each volunteer will receive a Trail Safe! pin and a SPE/GAR card in the mail for your use in the field. Not sure what a SPE/GAR card is? You will after viewing the Trail Safe! series! Thank you for helping to make the Ice Age National Scenic Trail one of the safest work environments for NPS Trail Volunteers like yourself.

Ready to start? Simply select which lesson you want to watch from the choices below. Click the “play” arrow and in just a few moments your Trail Safe! lesson will play automatically. To turn Closed Captioning on or off, click the CC button on the video.

Audio Description versions are available. Please be sure you are selecting the appropriate version for your needs.

  Trail Safe Lesson 1 – Introduction Windows Version DURATION: 18 minutes, 21 seconds
    Trail Safe Lesson 2 – Effective Leadership Windows Version DURATION: 19 minutes, 45 seconds
    Trail Safe Lesson 3 – Error & Accident Causation Windows Version DURATION: 40 minutes, 27 seconds
    Trail Safe Lesson 4 – Mission Analysis Windows Version DURATION: 27 minutes, 35 seconds  
  Trails Safe Lesson 5 – Stress & Performance Windows Version DURATION: 27 minutes, 21 seconds  
  Trail Safe Lesson 6 – Situational Awareness Windows Version DURATION: 15 minutes, 42 seconds  
  Trail Safe Lesson 7 – Decision Making Windows Version DURATION: 12 minutes, 55 seconds  
  Trail Safe Lesson 8 – Communications & Assertiveness Windows Version DURATION: 23 minutes, 30 seconds
Thank you for your participation in the Trail Safe! video training series. In order to receive credit for your participation, please fill in your answers to the following questions (copy and paste the following template questions in your return email message):
1.Which video lesson did you just complete viewing (i.e. : #1, #2, #3…)? 2.Name of the Trail where you volunteer (i.e.: North Country NST, or specify if other).
3.Name of the Trail Chapter or Affiliate Group (i.e.: Wampum Chapter, At Large, Buckeye Trail Association, etc.).
4.Your name and full mailing address, so we may send your course completion materials to you (i.e.: Jane Smith, 123 Maple Street, Anywhere, USA 12345).
5.Names and addresses of others if you are viewing this lesson in a group setting.
6.Optional: Please let us know what you found most useful about this lesson.
7.Optional: Please let us know any comments or suggestions you have about this lesson.

Please email your responses to the above questions to:
daniel_watson@nps.gov (please include underscore between first and last name). Please title your email: “Trail Safe Training Reply” Thank you, and enjoy the rest of the video series. Upon registering your completion for the entire eight lesson series, you’ll receive your Trail Safe! pin and risk assessment card via mail.
Daniel Watson
Trail Safe! Program Manager
National Park Service
700 Ray-O-Vac Drive, Suite 100
Madison, WI 53711
Office: 608-441-5610
Email: daniel_watson@nps.gov


Halloween Ride!

The date for the Halloween Ride is Saturday, October 19 at the Horse Park. Arrive at 9:30, pre-ride briefing at 10 with first rider going out at 10:15. Drag riders leave at 10:45 or 10 min after the last rider.

As usual, the trail will be well marked and there will be a delicious  Halloween theme snack on the trail.

The ride, at a leisurely pace will take about 2-21/2 hours.

Please rsvp by Thursday October 17.



Buckhorn President buckhornpresident@gmail.com


Buckhorn at the Fair!

Come down and visit us at the Jefferson County Fair Friday thru Sunday, August 9-11th. We’re right between the grandstand and the cow barn, right across from the texas longhorns.

Here we are setting up the booth this evening.

Barb, Pat, Amy and Bob
Larry and Kris horsing around.
Start ’em young.
And that’s a wrap!

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About First Aid On the Trail But Were Afraid To Ask!

Dr. Erik Splawn will be the featured speaker at our June Chapter meeting this Friday at the Tri-Area Community Center. He will cover first aid for your horse when you are out on the trail. Doors open at 6:45, program at 7, business meeting to follow.


Derby Day Work Party

Saturday morning was bright sunshine and perfect for a day building and brushing trails. We had a good turnout (6) for this year’s Derby Day event.

5 crew members continued tread work on the new trail from Cat Lake Rd. Rick had been working on this project at 3 previous work parties so I put him in charge of the tread work while I took a brush cutter and cleaned up the connector trail from the Trailhead Loop to Diamond Point Trail.

For a while it appeared we had a winner in our Derby contest, but since there was a disqualification no one picked the winning horse, Country House. No one picked the second-place finisher either, so we will save the prizes for another time.


Great Turnout for Our April Ride

The weather was perfect, the trail well marked and interesting, delicious post ride refreshments, and 14 riders!!! It doesn’t get any better then that!

Thank you all for coming and for the efforts of Pat, Maryann and Jay, Jeff, Helen and Larry . All of your efforts helped make the ride perfect!

I so appreciate being part of such a great group of people!

Happy trails, Theresa


Living With Cougars

On May 10th, Matt Blankenship, Wildlife Conflict Specialist for the Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW),  will give a presentation at the Buckhorn Range Chapter meeting at the Tri-Area Community Center at 7PM about living with cougars.   Matt handles most of the local investigations and follow-up.   He gave a similar presentation recently to the Cape George Homeowners Association.   Matt is very familiar with situation with the Cape George cougar, the Marrowstone Island cougar, the Sequim cougar, and all points between.   He will answer questions at the end of his talk.    (This sighting is by no means the first as both deer and livestock incidents have occurred.)

The WDFW office happens to be at Point Hudson near the Shanghai Restaurant.   They have a great deal of handouts and materials about dealing with wildlife in Jefferson County.   I’m sure Matt will bring some to the meeting relating to cougars.   When talking with him, I learned a great deal about the things we need to be aware of both as to maintaining our ranches and traveling on trails in the area.   It was clear that the more you know, the safer you are.   It is also reasonable to believe that the less incidents there are, the better it is for the long-term survival of the cougar as well.  

This meeting is open to anyone, and again, highly recommended for local pets, horses, and livestock owners.   Please circulate.