Brownfield Chapter

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Trailmaster

Robin Vaughan vfarms88@gmail.com                                                                       
Phone: 573-765-9936 facebook logo

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The Brownfield Chapter was recognized by SMMBCH on July 27, 2011.  The main focus of the group is to improve the trail system at Cole Creek Trail (aka Brownfield) and work with the U.S. Forest Service so the area can remain open to the public to enjoy.

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2017 Events

15 AprilJoint Chapter Work Day – Kaintuck with South Central Chapter (ride out 10:00)

22 AprilSpring Work Day – Cole Creek Trail (Earth Day) 

The forecast for rain and colder weather has caused the 22 April work day to be rescheduled, tentatively for 29 April weather permitting!  Stay tuned!

The forecast for more rain has caused the tentative reschedule date of 29 April to be cancelled.

3 JuneFun Ride – American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day at Cole Creek Trail

30 September – Fall Work Day – National Public Lands Day at Cole Creek Trail   (joint South Central Chapter)

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Great turn out for the Brownfield Chapter annual membership meeting on 8 February 2017!  Thank you to everyone that attended (19 total) and welcome to the new members – Beth H., Luis and Kathy C., Sue and David M.  Also thank you to all that renewed their Brownfield Chapter membership.  Everyone’s support is greatly appreciated and helps in the efforts to keep trails open for equestrians.

A huge thank you to Bandana’s in Lebanon for allowing us to hold our meeting in the banquet room – great food and service!

 During the meeting:

* A brief overview of the start of Back Country Horsemen, the growth of State Chapters, and the Brownfield Chapter being formed was provided.

* The improvements to Cole Creek in 2016 were mentioned along with the new projects for 2017.
* Members were reminded to track hours and work accomplished to ensure all volunteer work is recognized as contributions and reported to the land managers, SMMBCH, and Back Country Horsemen.
* Members were also encouraged to submit pictures and information/articles to post on the Brownfield Chapter Facebook page and submit for the SMMBCH newsletter.
* Proposed dates for Brownfield Chapter events was presented and approved.  Members were also reminded to check email and the Brownfield Chapter Facebook page for unscheduled events.  

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Anyone interested in trails, the BCHMO organization, or becoming a Chapter member are welcome to volunteer as we work with the U.S. Forest Service to maintain the trail system by cleaning up and clipping the trails. Do as little or as much work as you want OR simply bring your horse to ride the trails! Ride out with the group at 9:30 or by yourself – bring lunch to eat on the trail and bring a side dish for the evening meal (hamburgers) along with a beverage.

All trail riders are welcome at Brownfield Chapter events – not just members! No pressure to become a member (although always welcome). Work as much or little as you want OR just ride to see what Cole Creek Trail has to offer. Maps of the trails will be available during events.

Thank you to everyone that attended the 2016 events at Cole Creek Trail.  A lot of work was accomplished and we met new riders to the area.

Trails Map

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* BCHMO is offering the New Member Initiative in 2017, a paid member can receive free membership for 2018 after recruiting 2 new memberships. The member’s name must be placed in the ‘Referring Member’ line on the membership application to receive credit. Recruitment Incentive

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View Cole Creek Trail in a larger map

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Directions to Cole Creek Campground (primitive/no facilities, free camping):

GPS coordinates: 37.668926,-92.355305

* From I-44 take Exit 145, the Hwy 133/Oasis Truck Port exit
*  Turn left and go over the overpass bridge if coming from Waynesville (West)
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Turn right on the top of the ramp if coming from Lebanon (East)
* Turn left onto Hwy AB
* Take the first right on Hwy AB which is not very far at all…..Spring Road
* Drive 2.5 miles and turn left onto Hwy K (this will be the first paved road on the left)
* Drive 5.9  miles on Hwy K and turn left at the Hwy K/Hwy AC junction onto Flagstone Road (back onto a gravel road)
* Drive 1.1 miles,  there will be a Y with a stop sign – turn left onto Village Road
* Drive 0.3  miles, the camp is on your right.

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The Cole Creek Trail area and campground is being maintained and improved – thanks to the Brownfield Chapter members, other volunteers (to include other members of SMMBCH and non-members), SMMBCH support, and the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service (Mark Twain National Forest)!  All efforts and volunteer work is very much appreciated and working together is essential to maintain the area. The work accomplished improved the overall area and trails.

 Future projects for Cole Creek Trail:
* Update the information on the bulletin board to include a Brownfield Chapter partnership sign
* Post more signs such as ‘Leave No Trace’ in different areas

Improvements in 2016:

A lot of work and improvements were accomplished in 2016 during the work days and throughout the year to make Cole Creek Trail better:
* Trash cleaned up along the trails and surrounding area
* Trees and other obstacles removed to make the trails safer
* Replaced diamonds marking the Yellow Trail that were removed
* Posted new signs to include ‘No Dumping’ and ‘Pack It In Pack It Out’
* Replaced the roof on the bulletin board
* Placed a mounting block in the campground
* Installed a trail register box close to the bulletin board and mounting block
* Updated brochures of Cole Creek Trail provided by the Mark Twain National Forest (MTNF)   were placed in the register box
* Numerous hours spent clearing/trimming the trails by foot and horseback
* Several trips with the tractor or lawn mower to cut the campground grass
* Trimmed the campground with a weed eater & used weed killer as needed
* The Brownfield Chapter also joined the South Central at the Paddy Creek Wilderness Area in May – wooden trail signs   were posted on the loops while clearing the trails
* A loop to the Yellow Trail was added to offer riders an option to not ride back to camp on the same trail
* The Brownfield Farm loop was added to provide another riding opportunity (nice ride with fantastic views to include the Gasconade River).  The loop includes an option to cross the Gasconade River to ride at ‘West Brownfield’.

Improvements in 2015:
* The Trail Maintenance Improvement funds were used for more diamonds for marking the trails better and 2 hitching rails and 3 sets of high lines were installed at Cole Creek Trail campground

* The U.S. Forest Service National Public Lands Day Grant submitted to the National Environmental Education Foundation providing funding to place packing chat on the circle drive at Cole Creek Trail campground and on the Orange Trail between the cedars where it is muddy during the spring and rain days
* Another old trail was reclaimed – Lefty’s Loop

* A new trail was added – Cochise River Trail which has 3 river access spots
* The trail map was updated and posted to the Brownfield Chapter webpage.

*Trash was picked up from the area and disposed of properly, along with two truckloads of trash from three dumping sites.

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Cole Creek Trail has several miles of trails to offer, 25+ miles along with 4.5 miles of lightly traveled gravel road from the Cole Creek camp to the Gasconade River.  The trails offer several options to make your journey longer, shorter, or just different.

The map was created by a personal GPS and each trail is color coded to match the markers on the trail and shows the letters at the trail intersections to help with location.

The Orange and Yellow trails were declared as designated by the US Forestry Service and marked with the appropriate colored diamonds. The Red and Blue trails were designated in 2014 and are now marked with the appropriate colored diamonds.  There are also a few unmarked trails which not designated but can be traveled for different options – most of these trails connect the Blue and Red trails and there is also a short trail connecting the Orange and Blue trails.  Also not marked yet is a reclaimed trail (Lefty’s Loop) and the new river trail (Cochise River Trail) which have been requested to be designated by the Forestry.

Yellow numbered markers (cattle ear tags) have been placed on trails exiting to the gravel road. Odd numbers are on the far side of the road from camp (numbered 1-15) and camp will be to the right when exiting on this side.  Even numbers are on the same the side of the road as camp (numbered 2-24) and camp will be to the left when exiting on this side.  The higher the number the farther you are from camp.