Pierce County Back Country Horsemen
of Washington

Special message - A long time member Mike Lentz. Past president, trail Boss, organizer of many work parties at Elbe and a man who you could go to if you wanted to know what was going on with the Forest service and DNR, is now in the hospital. His condition is not good and he would love to see some of his friends. A visit would be very appreciated. Our friend is in room 437 at Good Samaritan hospital. If you're unable to go and visit please give him a call.

Jim Sharbono
Vice President

Current Events

We surveyed the arena at Lacamas Grange to see what work is needed to maintain it. Deb harrowed the arena for about 30 minutes. There is very little sand, less than a half of an inch at best. hard packed and covered by weeds. Lots of rocks popped up. See attached pictures.

+ 1 Gallon of roundup or equivalent, Spray and let set for 1 to 2 weeks.
+ Rock pick team, 5 or more workers with buckets, couple hours work.
+ Two truck and trailer loads of coarse sand (4 truck loads)
+ Spread sand.
+ Grade with box grader.
+ Harrow as needed

PCC will need to provide a tractor, sprayer, box grader and harrow. We will need a work party one day to pick rocks and spray then another work party to spread sand. After that we will need to harrow and spray as needed, probably once a month.

The grange said they will pay for the vegetation killer and sand. Someone will need to call and confirm.

I can provide the equipment for the initial clean up.

All in all I would say this is a good deal for the chapter. Not much work and very little cost. Probably 5 or more volunteers for a couple days then 1 or 2 people half day once or twice a month. We will need a committee chairperson and a couple volunteers with small tractors and harrows. Couple worker bees would be nice as well. I am not volunteering to be the committee chair.


There was a fun time at our Chapter Prize Ride this year. Nearly 100 riders showed up at Elbe State Forest to ride the trails, dine on our BBQ lunch and socialize with other horse owners. It was great to see so many children riding with their parents and enjoying their mounts. Be sure to watch for an announcement for our next prize ride in July of 2022. Funds from our events go directly to maintaining public facilities to help insure our public lands stay safe and open to our USA citizens.

Proceeds benefit PCC maintenance of public lands in Washington State. We promise tons of fun and loads of work . . . did we mention fun? Contact: Lead Trail Scout Sam Nohra for more information - evosam97@gmail.com - 253-691-8185 - Mobile - 360-458-4631 - Home

Here's an article from The Suburban Times about our efforts restoring the Gateway Bridge: Keeping the Trails Open to God's Country - Thanks to everyone who participated with work, money, and ideas. Enjoy!

Check out our project for the Upper Elk Spur trail in Elbe State Forest.

We are networked with Back Country Horsemen of Washington. (BCHW), in 25 other states. Come join us for good friendship, good information, volunteer opportunities, and the chance to make a difference!

BCHW Mission Statement

BCHW is affiliated with the Back Country Horsemen of America and therefore adopts the BCHA mission statement as follows:


1. To perpetuate the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America's back country and wilderness.

2. To work to insure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use.

3. To assist the various government and private agencies in their maintenance and management of said resource.

4. To educate, encourage and solicit active participation in the wise use of the back country resource by horsemen and the general public commensurate with our heritage.

5. To foster and encourage the formation of new chapters in the state organization.

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