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What is the Friends of Chappie Division of the Redding Blacksheep 4WD Club?
Friends of Chappie is a group of volunteers who help make our local Chappie-Shasta OHV area better for everyone.  Chappie-Shasta is 50,000 plus acres of OHV landscape accessible over the Shasta dam in Shasta Lake City.  Whether you're a horseback rider, mountain biker, hiker, into quads, side by sides, dirt bikes or 4WDs this is land set aside for us. Over the years we have worked hard to develop a working relationship with BLM that has helped to improve the off roading experience for those that use the area. As you can imagine this takes many volunteer man hours, coordination and thousands of dollars.

BLACK SHEEP 4WD club of Redding CA. was established in 1981 as a member of the
California Four Wheel Drive Association.

Black Sheep 4WD club encourages safe and responsible off-highway land use. We support Tread Lightly.

Good stewardship of our public lands is critical to ensuring access and enjoyment of these wonderful places for future generations.  Besides, it’s just the right thing to do. We practice this by obeying rules and regulations set forth by public land agencies. We respect private land owners. We clean up after ourselves. Black Sheep takes good stewardship a step further though. We actively volunteer to assist with trail clean up and maintenance. We volunteer and donate to organizations like CAL4WHEEL. We
engage with our local OHV area through our FRIENDS of CHAPPIE division to make improvements to the area.

FRIENDS OF CHAPPIE traces its beginnings to the devastating Carr fire of 2018. The Post
Wildfire OHV Recovery Alliance (PWORA) was seeking volunteers to help Chappie-Shasta OHV Area recover from the fire. Black Sheep answered the call and began a cooperative relationship with the BLM managers of the area. We quickly learned how much these areas rely on public involvement. What we bring to the table determines what BLM can do for us. Working together we have built challenging new features for drivers with advanced skills and 4x4’s built for tough terrain.

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Entirely volunteer and donation driven!

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Our volunteers have helped with:

  • Trail clean up and maintenance
  • Barrier replacement
  • Signage install
  • Creation and maintenance of multiple rock courses
  • Erosion control and litter clean up
  • Trail development and improvement

Because safety is always a priority we have worked with BLM to develop signs that help to communicate trail and course changes.

Clean up and Development

Fun and Wheeling

BREAKING: Trails Restored and Re-opened After Wildfire

Del Albright

4-5 minutes

The Carr fire of 2018 in Northern California affected, partially devastated and closed 52,000 acres and 200 miles of OHV and Jeeping trails in... [pics & vid] BREAKING: Trails Restored and Re-opened After Wildfire

The Carr fire of 2018 in Northern California affected, partially devastated and closed 52,000 acres and 200 miles of OHV and Jeeping trails in theBureau of Land Management (BLM) managed Chappie-Shasta OHV Area. Not only was this devastating for the region and the community, but it was an awful blow to the off roaders and 4×4-ers who enjoyed the miles and miles of trails.

BUT, thanks to a core group of volunteers and supporters, instead of a long-term closure [potentially years], less than two months later the area is open to the public again – and many areas restored!

Because of both behind-the-scenes meetings, politics, adaptive management by agency leadership, and the Post Wildfire OHV Recovery Alliance’s (PWORA) long-term commitment to wildfire recovery efforts on public lands combined with the volunteer work party of October 20th, 2018, the area was reopened and returned back into the hands of the users.

Chappie-Shasta is a famous and awesome off-highway vehicle area, enjoyed by side-by-sides, dirt bikes, ATVs and jeeps/4×4’s, located right by the dam of Lake Shasta, along the Sacramento River.

Under the guidance of PWORA, using the Recreational Incident Command System (RICS), and supervised by the BLM, 35 volunteers put in one hard-day’s work to install dozens of no-dig barriers, clean out untold numbers of plugged culverts, and add signage where the wildfire had ravaged the area.  Prior to the work day, the BLM staff already pre-staged barriers and supplies, and conducted quite a bit of rehabilitation work.

Split into two groups, the Big Gulch Group and the South Group, lead by volunteers each with a BLM Agency Rep, the work took place flawlessly. In fact, the vast majority of the crews were back in camp for an early dinner, with a giant burger cooked on the grill with all the fixings sponsored by Metalcloak, a Rancho Cordova business that also sits on the PWORA Board of Directors.

Several clubs and groups participated including: Overland Bound; Redding Black Sheep Jeep Club; Nor Cal Jeeps; Redding Dirt Riders; Marin County Motorcycle Association; Cal4wheel; Beale AFB Jeeps; and individuals who just wanted to help.

Enjoy the pics and video, and if you know these volunteers, be sure to say THANKS!

Thank you Matt Gilbert of Beale AFB Jeeps for the great (short) video.

Signage was impressive and we fixed what was burned

Jeeps in the traditional line-up

One happy ModernJeeper and Metalcloak owner Jerry Arnold

South Group was lead by Kent Reynolds and found the trashed tires

Nathan Wenz ran the Big Gulch group with Don Amador

Official PWORA logo on the recon truck

Dozens of dumped, trashed tires found in burned area

One jacked up dumped tire

BLM agency reps worked alongside volunteers all day

Ted Cabral, OHV Commissioner briefs Overland Bound Michael Murguia

Just some of the trashed tires recovered

Re-bar driving tool (rather than sledge hammers), yes!

Lots of grubbing and digging to install barriers

Big Gulch Group and sawyer Don Amador

Everyone pitched in with barrier installation — hand work for sure

Briefing and thank you Metalcloak for dinner

Greg Willoughby the BBQ champ and his king-size burgers

The BLM used a mastication/mulcher machine to munch a lot of brush and burned vegetation

Saving backs by winching out trashed tires and cleaning culverts

This inaugural Post Wildfire OHV Recovery Alliance (PWORA) event was a tremendous success, applauded by the BLM and the entire team.  Thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors and supporters.   Learn more about PWORA here.

Full length recap video by Overland Bound with their “Boots on the Ground” program explained.

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