The Foundation has numerous projects in progress ...
The Foundation has joined with the Western States Trail
Foundation (WSTF), the Western States Endurance Run (WSER) and the Drucilla
Barner Foundation to form common Strategic and Tactical Plans for the 2006,
2007 and 2008 time frame. These plans are reflected in the projects listed
The Michigan Bluff Staging Area
Pointed Rocks to No Hands Bridge Trail Repair
Volcano Canyon Trail Repair
The Wendell T. Robie Trail, El Dorado County
This project began in 1986 as a connecting trail between the
Auburn Recreation area and the Georgetown Recreation area. Prior to our
involment, no connecting trail existed. This project has been expanded to
provide a continuous equestrian and hiking trail from Auburn to Robie
Equestrian Park via El Dorado County. We have invested over $118,000 in
pursuing this project. Your donations will allow us to build on this exciting
Jack Veal in a 1994 photo
The Jack Veal Scenic Alpine Nature Trail
We have undertaken construction of a hiking trail at Robie
Park that highlights the Sierra Crest from Squaw Peak to Mount Lincoln. The
trail, set for completion in 2008, will be dedicated to Jack Veal. Jack has
been a horseman, trail advocate and volunteer in the foothills and the Sierra
Nevada for well over 50 years.
The Patent Road Staging Area, Foresthill
We are working with the Foresthill Trails Alliance, Placer
County Parks and the California Dept. of Parks (Auburn District) to establish a
public staging area connecting the Todd Valley area to the Western States
Trail. Recently an opportunity has been created to expand this project into an
equestrian and hiking campground. We have joined with the
Golden West Historical
Foundation and have access to adjoining county property. Donations
earmarked for this project will be used for trail construction and staging area
The Pioneer Express Trail, Folsom Lake
Little Bald Mt. Trail during construction
Wendell Robie lead many rides in which the Pioneer Express
Trail between Auburn and Folsom Lake was dedicated in the early 1950s.
Our foundation was instrumental in the reconstruction of portions of this trail
from the floods of 1986 and later. Recently we worked with many groups to
reroute this trail around the Auburn Skateboard Park adding a huge element of
safety for horses and riders. We continue to support this historical trail and
your donations can help protect this wonderful trail.
The Donaldson Staging Area, Volcanoville
During the summer of 2000 we entered into a Challenge
Cost-Share Agreement with the El Dorado National Forest (Georgetown District)
to construct an equestrian staging and picnic area near Volcanoville. Also
joining in this project the
Dorado Equestrian Trails Foundation, the Bear State Property Owners and the
Drucilla Barner Foundation entered into the agreement. The groups pledged
$36,000 to be matched by the Forest Service to complete the project. This
staging area allows public access to the Nevada Point Trail and the Rubicon
Jeep Trail. This project has been delayed due to a lack of funding with the
Forest Service. They are expecting the project to continue 2004/2005. Your
donations can add tremendous support for this project.
The Charles Heumphreus Lecture, UC Davis
The Robie Foundation has pledged $10,000 to the UCD Veterinary
School of Medicine to help sponsor an annual lecture for equine education .
This pledge is over ten years and began in 1999. Help support equine
education by donating to this educational program.
The Sterling Pointe Staging Area, Loomis
Building the Pungeon Boardwalk on the
above Hwy 89 in 1990
We have been working with the Placer County Parks to make
additional improvements to the Sterling Pointe staging area along Folsom Lake.
Many groups and individuals have joined in support of this project. Between the
years of 2000 and 2003 we have funded over $15,000 in trail construction, water
systems, grading, gravel, hitching posts, picnic tables etc. This staging area
was being closed to the public due to a lack of funding by the county. Thanks
to your support it was saved. Your donations do make a difference!
General Trail Maintenance
The Robie Foundation works with many groups, agencies and
community members on a wide range of projects for public benefit. We work with
local groups that have similar goals such as the
Western States Trail Foundation
and the Western States Endurance Run. Much
of our focus has been on the Western States Trail but we also support other
trail issues. Recently we participated in the Robinson Flat Trail, planning and
installation of park signs between Foresthill and Folsom Lake, and numerous
other trail improvements as needed.