We had a great time kicking off our summer season of service up AF Canyon. Our group met up at the horse transfer station and divided with one part tackling repairing and installing new signage on the station kiosk, while the other part installed and repaired fencing.
Near the end of last season the brand new horse transfer station kiosk was vandalized and the signage smashed into pieces. If you have ever wondered how your donation money to BOAR is used, in this case we volunteered to purchase the replacement sign panel and materials needed for the kiosk repair using donated funds. This alleviated the burden off the Forest Service budget and freed up their funds for other things. The group was able to quickly repair the sign, and moved on to cleaning up trash from our adopted FR-085 trail along with scouting out future project needs along the way.
The second group had quite the adventure installing fencing. Although the rail repairs and installs were handled quickly, the various post holes that had to be dug were through some of the rockiest dirt ive seen up there that might as well have been straight stone. Every few inches we were battling bowling ball sized rocks needing to be removed, but the group didn't give up and achieved the goal for the day by building an offset fencing opening on a walking trail to allow hikers access while deterring unapproved motorized use in the area.
Both groups then met up by Tibble Fork reservoir and repaired a section of fencing that was falling apart. 2 posts and various rails had to be cut and installed. A member also found the speed limit sign that had fallen down into the bushes, which we were able to reinstall.
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend this project. It was a blast and we are looking forward to our future projects together! We also are excited to announce that this year we have a fun new volunteer sticker depicting our Boar character with a Sasquatch. These stickers will be given to those who hit 10 hours of service this year, which will include the hours accumulated during the government shutdown service projects at the beginning of the year.
Til' Next Time!