news Safety and Stewardship: Horse Hill Trail Work + Tails & Tires
Saturday, November 11 – Day of Thanks on Horse Hill
Join us on Saturday, November 11 for our annual Mt. Tam Day of Thanks, as we work to maintain the health of the meadows and grasslands at the Horse Hill Open Space Preserve. Spend the day removing French Broom in the company of like minded volunteers and land managers as we work together to steward the places we love. One Tam is proud to work with sponsors Marin County Bicycle Coalition, the Trail Partners and the Alto Bowl Horseowners Association to put on this day of service.
“Why remove French broom?” Good question. French broom is an invasive plant species that overwhelms diverse grassland ecosystems. Horse Hill has been a restoration site for over 20 years and though its transformation has been remarkable, there is still work to be done.
This rain or shine work day will culminate with a pizza party and raffle prizes. Families and all ages are welcome! Please bring sturdy shoes, layers, and a water bottle. Check-in opens at 8:45 am, service work runs 9:00 am – noon, followed by lunch. This is part of our collaborative efforts for a safe and successful opening of the new Bob Middagh Trail to bicyclists and equestrians next spring.
Sunday, November 19 – Tails and Tires in the Marin Headlands
MCBC and the Presidio Riding Club are pleased to announce a fall Tails and Tires workshop in the Marin Headlands.
Participants will learn:
- Horse psychology – how they see and react to approaching objects
- How to safely pass a horse
- Interactive bike/horse exercises on the trail
- Lessons on basic trail etiquette
- History of land conservation and resource protection
Equestrians are welcome to bring their horses to desensitize them to bikes and hikers are also encouraged to particpate.
STUDENTS: The workshop is good for 3 hours of community service too!