Volunteers attend to Timothy Lake trails on horseback
This year, a group has traveled on horseback and removed more than 200 logs from trails around the state, including at Timothy Lake in the Mt. Hood National Forest.
Last month the Territorial Riders Back Country Horsemen of Oregon, or TRBCHO, held a five day work party at Timothy Lake, staying at the area's equestrian campgrounds as they completed a logout for the area's trails.
The Back Country Horsemen of Oregon is an organization dedicated to ensuring public lands remain accessible to equestrians. Last year, they completed 14,000 volunteer hours. The group has nine chapters statewide, including the Territorial Riders.
The TRBCHO has worked at Timothy Lake since 2014 and serves as the caretaker for the stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail in the area.
TRBCHO member Tim Lagasse said that work party participants ride the trails on horseback until they find a log or branch to remove.
"It's good for people who are older or with physical challenges. It lets them get out there," he added.
Around nine members of the chapter, which has a total of 80 members, participated in the May work party.
This year, the group had to adapt to several changes in the aftermath of the Riverside Fire. The campground's water generator was lost to the flames, so Portland General Electric provided water for the horses. Each horse drinks around 10 gallons of water each day.
Lagasse said that the group enjoys the work, which is completed in partnership with PGE and the U.S. Forest Service.
"There are times when there's a lot to do, and everyone pitches in. We usually do a potluck one night. It's a lot of fun," he said. "The experience of camping with horses is fun. It's a nice getaway from normal life."
For additional information about the Territorial Riders Back Country Horsemen of Oregon, visit bcho.org.
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