Friends Group Meeting Notes 19 April 2018

Meeting was held at JAKs Brewery.  Dana Nordstrom, Adam Baker, Larry Fariss, Cris and Rich Mock attended.

The Great American Cleanup is 21 Apr at Homestead Ranch.  Four people have signed up: Susan & Alleah Baron, Susan Grosenheider and myself.  This is a rain/snow or shine event that starts at 0900.  I picked up gloves, vests and trash bags from the county.  The plan is to pick up trash around the base area, upper trails and the entrance road.  It shouldn’t take us more that two hours and others are welcome.  Thanks for your help in keeping Homestead great!
We discussed the future of this friends group.  Adam suggested projects such as noxious weed control, staining the bridge and sapling thinning where workers could take some home.  I know I’m interested in that.  Dana mentioned a potential equestrian skills course that she will discuss with her leadership.  Larry suggested leveraging the unofficial Pineries group.  Bottom line is that this is a great park but participation suffers from its distant location.
I’ve led this friends group for three years and have established this free website and a gmail account friendsofhomestead ranch@gmail.com.  I got involved when improvements were made to the pond and ended up on the County Parks Advisory Board where I met a great group of county staff.  Now I’m on the Fairgrounds Corporation.  I really enjoy working with the county but the time has come for a change of leadership for the Homestead Friends group.  I used to walk my dogs frequently but they’re now old and I only get to the park occasionally.  So we’re looking for someone who is more involved to take the group to the next level.  I’ve established a foundation to build on.  So let us know if you’re interested.  I will give you the keys to the website, email and free advice (worth exactly what you paid for).  I plan to stay involved with the county and work the Woodlake Trail that I helped establish several years ago.
Peace out,
Rich & Cris Mock
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