Wednesday, October 9, 2019

2019 BCHW Hot Shot Crew Cookout

Our chapter sponsored a cookout dinner at the Robinson Creek Campground (just west of Mazama) on July 16th for Jason Ridlon and the BCHW 'Hot Shot' crew. We fed 40-45 people at the dinner! Jason had been able to secure a grant that helps to fund some of the crews' expenses and our 'welcome dinner' and MVBCH members' efforts were greatly appreciated!

The group also included Amber Goodman of the Forest Service as well as outfitter Aaron Burkhart and his packing crew who would pack food and horse feed pellets in for 3 separate work parties (Tatoosh Butte, the Pasayten airport, and a third work party about 6 miles north of the Pasayten airport). The plan was to clear segments of the Pacific Crest Trail that traverse the northern portion of our state.
A 4th crew was re-decking a bridge up Robinson Creek that burnt 2 years ago. They would travel into the wilderness every day hauling planks on their mules and then back to camp at night.
Chapter members who helped and/or brought food were President Cathy Upper, Jackie Iddings, Mark Brantner, Carol Hebert, Bill and Jan Ford, Mary McHugh, Betty Wagoner and her daughter (and MVBCH member) Jill Freeze. Our 'master steak BBQ-er' was member George Schoenfeld with the help of his wife Michelle Schmidtke!    

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