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.
PHOTO DUMP PROJECT
In the hopes of having more of a 4x4 (not side by sides sorry) photo presence online outside of Facebook, Friends of Chappie is asking for your help in providing us with your photos to be featured on different websites online. If you have any good quality photos of your 4x4 rig please upload it to the link below, it can be of just you, or with your friends, wheeling, getting stuck, camping, cleaning up trash, watching other rigs wheel, really anything as long as its in the Chappie OHV park.
Friends of Chappie Photo Dump Google login required.
Our volunteers have helped with:
Because safety is always a priority we have worked with BLM to develop signs that help to communicate trail and course changes.
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...
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.