NEMO River Valley Chapter


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Mary K. Church 573-406-2566

Wayne Lake       573-985-7132;

Karen Woodruff 660-216-7473

NEMO Work Schedule for 2017 

It is likely that additional projects will be scheduled as the need arises.  Also, it is always possible that plans will need to change due to weather.  We will keep you posted.


Fifteen volunteers gathered at Mark Twain Lake – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers near Monroe City, MO, to help  NEMO River Valley Chapter Back Country Horseman  maintain trails in observance of National Public Lands Day.  Workers organized into teams and were able to cover over 20 miles of trails, including Lick Creek Trail and from Frank Russell Recreation Area, including the main loops. Several large trees, downed in recent winds, were cleared, and dead limbs removed from trails. Lopping, clipping, removal of undergrowth, and trail marking were also accomplished. Thanks to all the volunteers who were able to help, and to our land managers who are our partners in making this facility possible for horsemen and other trail users.

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NEMO Chapter Youth Day 2016

NEMO River Valley Chapter held their Sixth Annual Youth Day, Sat., May 7.  Thanks to Eric Joiner and Monroe City Ambulance District for a lesson on first aid, and supplies for the youth to include in their saddle bags.

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NEMO River Valley Chapter Youth Day participants and their awesome horses, ready for some education.

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Brody, our youngest rider, on Hoss.


Troy and John, always ready to help where needed.

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LNT Instructor, Becki Krueger, teaching the emergency dismount.

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  Youth learn to identify some important parts of the horse.

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Gaining some Leave No Trace awareness and having some fun.

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NEMO River Valley  appreciates support from our COE managers at Mark Twain Lake near Monroe City. We also are supported by Culligan Water of Hannibal who provides bottled water for ALL our events, and The Hitching Post on Route J near Mark Twain Lake who provided part of the food for Youth Day and ice for ALL our events.


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John Turner, NEMO River Valley Chapter member, headed the installment of mounting blocks at two major equestrian staging areas at Mark Twain Lake, near Monroe City; the Frank Russell and Spalding Trail Heads.

He was assisted in the building of the kits during the month of January by David Jones and Dan Ernat.  Setting of the blocks had to wait until the weather was more conducive.  On March 22, John was assisted by Wayne Lake, Don Payne, and Corps Of Engineers’ Shelly Howald–one of our land managers, who is always willing to pitch in, with the installation.  These mounting blocks are a welcome addition to these staging areas!  Thanks to John and crew, and Mark Twain Lake COE managers, who made it happen.

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Here’s the finished TMI project at Mark Twain Lake