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Santa Teresa Park Wildflowers, Spring 2002

Mine, Fortini, Stile Ranch Wildflowers, 4/11/08

Coyote Peak, Rocky Ridge Wildflowers, Feb-Apr. '08

Coyote Ridge Wildflowers, 4/13/08

Almaden Quicksilver Wildflowers and Views, Spring 2008, Part 2

Bernal Hill wildflowers and views, Feb-Apr. '08 Part 1, Part 2

Coyote Peak, Rocky Ridge, Feb-April '08

Mother's Day Walk, Fortini-Stile, 5/4/08

Outdoor Photography Class/Wildflower Walk, Bernal Ranch/Hill 4/4/09

Geocaching Class, Fortini-Mine-Stile Ranch Trail, 4/11/09

Pre-Mother's Day Walk, Fortini-Mine-Stile Ranch Trail, 5/3/09

Santa Teresa Park

Mounted Ranger Unit Farewell Event

June 29, 2009

HDR picture of the Mounted Ranger Unit's horse training arenas.

On June 29, 2009, the Friends of Santa Teresa Park, in partnership with the Santa Clara County Parks and Rec. Dept. held a farewell ceremony for the Mounted Ranger Unit. The Mounted Ranger Unit moved into the former Buck Norred Ranch Site in 2002. Prior to that, the site had been unused after Buck Norred sold his ranch and moved out.  Being unoccupied, the ranch became the target of  vandals and was being used as a hangout for illegal activity. The community urged the County Parks, which acquired the land, to put a ranger facility there to stop this activity.  They built the stables and storage building for the Mounted Ranger Unit. A space was provided for a camp host to live on the site to provide 24-hour coverage. After the site was occupied, vandalism and illegal activity stopped. The Mounted Rangers patrolled the County Parks and served as goodwill ambassadors at events, such New Almaden Community Day, Festival in the Park, and Fandango. They even appeared in President Obama's inauguration. However, in 2009, facing a smaller budget, the County Parks Dept. had to dissolve the unit. The rangers were reassigned, and the horses will be sold. The facility will not be adandoned. The Park Maintenance Special Projects Crew  will be moving in, and the camp host will remain. The crew works on projects in all the County Parks, such as building bridges. To honor the Mounted Rangers and to welcome the Special Projects Crew, the Friends of Santa Teresa Park organized the farewell event at the Buck Norred Ranch site. Park staff and the community were invited. The County Parks provided the BBQ and meat. Here are pictures from that event:

Mike & Dorene Boulland and Kitty Monahan setting up the booths. The tables were provided by the New Almaden Community Club. The shades were provided by the Community Club and the County Parks Outdoor Recreation Program.

Treats for the horses, mementos for the rangers from FOSTP.

Mike starting lighting up the coals in the BBQ, which was provided by the County Parks.

Kitty Monahan, Dot Wilson, Dorene Boulland with ranger Julie Cooper at the drink and snack table. FOSTP provided the drinks, salad, snacks, side dishes, and cake.

Ron Horii with Mike and Dorene.

Kitty patting CD in the stables. There were 3 other horses in the stables: Cody, Cowboy, and Maverick.

Mario Blaum by Cowboy's stall.

Maverick peeking out.

The camp hosts looking at Mike's pictures of the Norred Ranch.

Rangers Julie Cooper and Bridgett Hagel.

Parks Operations Manager Matt Anderson (left) at the sign-in tables.

Holly Davis bringing chili.

Park Ranger Supervisor Eric Goodrich and his daughter Heidi cooking the hamburgers and hot dogs.

Sr. Ranger and former Mounted Ranger Aniko Millan and her kids (right).

FOSTP member Sam Drake (left) brought drinks.

Park interpreter John Slenter, Parks Director Lisa Killough, and Maintenance Supervisor John Patterson arrive.

Heidi Goodrich serves up the hamburgers, with Matt Anderson watching.

Park maintenance staffers arrive.

The Vincze family arrives.

Jenel and Paul Vincze

Maintenance Project Crew Chief Rob Robinson, Ranger Julie with her daughter.

Mike Boulland kicks off the formal presentations.

County Parks Director Lisa Killough talks about the Mounted Ranger Unit.

Pictures of the Mounted Rangers and their horses, put together by Julie Cooper, were given to the rangers.

Matt Anderson talks to the crowd.

Kitty hands the mementos to Mike to give to the rangers.

Mike presents the mementos.

Kitty with the treats for the horses.

Mike presents a picture taken by Ron Horii (shown at the top of this page) of the Mounted Ranger Unit's horse training arenas to the rangers as a memento.

Carrot cake.

The horses' trainer.

Giving treats to Maverick.

Maintenance Craft Worker Cory Johnson will be stationed at the site soon.

Page created by Ron Horii, 5/10/09