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Horse riders raise funds for their trail maintenance work

The 17th annual fundraiser auction of the Whatcom Chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen is set for Feb. 28 starting with the silent auction at 5:30 p.m. in the Everson Auction Barn (7291 Everson-Goshen Road). Live bidding starts at 7 p.m. 

Proceeds from this event underwrite this locally based, non-profit group's extensive trail maintenance efforts on private, city, county, state and federal forest lands keeping them open and ecologically sound for all users.

In addition to doing repair and upgrade work on the trails themselves, the group tackles improvement projects at trailheads and provides pack stock for county, state and federal trail crews to carry supplies and equipment for maintenance on more remote trail sections.

Another special activity performed by its members each year is the stocking of several backcountry lakes and ponds with trout done for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.  

Whatcom BCHW meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Laurel Community Grange on Guide Meridian.

For more details about the BCHW auction call Bill McKenna (360 599-2526) or Sam Miller (360 325-2833) and Nancy Giordano (360 961-0822).