Doing good work

19 01 2018

A couple of days ago, we met up with our fabulous BLM guys to install the evaporation cover over the new trough – connected to the new water catchment apron – that we installed in 2016.


BLM rangeland management specialist Garth Nelson, left, figures out which drill bit to use to drill holes through the metal of the evaporation cover to attach it to the supports BLM range tech Justin Hunt is welding to the vertical posts. The post at right already has a piece welded to it.


See the metal thing inside the trough in front of Garth? That’s the critter ladder the guys built. It allows birds to get to the water or an animal that falls into the water to get out. Garth drilled a couple of holes and wired it to the edge of the trough.


Once everything was in place, Justin attached small square plates to the tops of the three vertical posts and welded them into place, then used the grinder to smooth the square edges. At the near corner, you can see the “trap door” the guys built into the cover so the float below it is accessible for any work or replacement that needs to be done. In the background, range specialist and herd manager Mike Jensen, right, talks with Garth while visiting with Bow, one of Kat Wilder’s dogs.


Sparks fly as Justin grinds the edges of the post caps to smooth roundness.

These guys thought of everything!

The cover will help preserve the water in the trough from evaporating so quickly. And with its installation, the new water-catchment project is officially complete. In warm weather, this will provide a second source of clean water for the horses.

Snow is in Saturday’s forecast. Please send good thoughts. This dry weather has to end.



9 responses

19 01 2018
Prairie girl

Iโ€™ve said it before, TJ, you have the best team on the planet! The land, the horses and everything wild is taken such good care of! The wild bunch really care about what theyโ€™re doing. For the good of all.
That ladder! Now Iโ€™ve seen it all. Thank you!!

19 01 2018
Maggie Frazier

As Prairie girl said – you absolutely have the best team!! Where are guys like these on the rest of the HAs and HMAs? Better keep it quiet – don’t want someone to make any changes to this crew! Honestly, if all BLM guys were like this bunch – our wild horses & burros would be in great shape!

19 01 2018

You have done a very nice job. I wish you to be more successful.

19 01 2018

We DO have the best BLM guys! We’re so proud of the work they do and our partnership with them that works so well for the benefit of our Spring Creek Basin mustangs. ๐Ÿ™‚

I also want to mention that Kat Wilder’s son Ken Lausten helped build the evaporation cover at the BLM shop, and he and his brother, Tyler Lausten, were an enormous help with the original installation of the catchment apron and pipes to the storage tank. Pat and Frank Amthor with Four Corners Back Country Horsemen were a huge help on this project, as they have been on many projects in Spring Creek Basin during the last 20 years, including working on the original catchment. Bob and Laura Volger, also with 4CBCH, helped with the new catchment project. David Temple, president of NMA/CO, brought his Bobcat (the mechanized kind) and put in hours of work using it to smooth the area for the apron as well as digging the trench for the pipe to the tank. David was part of the original catchment installation 20 years ago and was thrilled to see this second catchment come to life. And Kat Wilder has been part of the project since the beginning.

We love our volunteers AND our BLM guys! Together, we’re keeping our mustangs wild. ๐Ÿ™‚

19 01 2018
Karen Schmiede

A big thanks to BLM and everyone else who works so hard for the horses!

19 01 2018
Sue Story

So much thanks to all of you, TJ – you, our wonderful BLM guys, Pat and Frank, Kat and her “kids,” and everyone else. Our mustangs – and we – are so very fortunate!

19 01 2018

Agreed! ๐Ÿ™‚

20 01 2018

It’s good to see cooperation and teamwork for a worthy cause.
Thanks to all involved on a job done well.
Now let it rain. Or snow.

20 01 2018

Ma Nature is trying to release some moisture from the heavens (Saturday morning)! ๐Ÿ™‚

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