HALSEY, Neb. – During the May 15th weekend, a group from the Nebraska Horse Trails Committee made their annual volunteer trip to the Bessey Ranger District to support equestrian activities at the Bessey District.
According to Loren Eaton, Recreation Specialist, “We had a smaller group than usual this year, but they were mighty! We all had a fun time and moved through the work at the Natick corrals and camping area quickly to assure the horse corrals look nice, as well as to maintain functionality.”
Eaton said the volunteers, working with US Forest Service staff replaced fifteen boards on the corrals that had been damaged, resulting in a safer and more practical use for visitors and their riding stock.
The Natick Campground is located eight miles west of the main Bessey Complex Campground on the border of the hand-planted forest and native grasslands and is specifically designed for equestrian activities. It is quieter than other areas and no ATVs or side-by-side riding is allowed from this campground. It has 20 corrals for riding stock and a 17-unit campground with stock water, potable water, picnic tables, fire rings and modern vault toilets.
“We are grateful for and appreciate all our volunteers. It is meaningful to see how they work with us to improve our forests, public lands and camping facilities,” said Eaton.