The Oregon- California Trails Association, is an organization dedicated to the preservation, appreciation and enjoyment of all transmigration trails to the west, the trails that made the United States an ocean-to-ocean nation.

Chapter Board of Directors Nominations

It is that time of year again to find members to serve on the chapter Board of Directors. Each year two of the six seats on the Board become available. Each director serves a three (3) year term and may be a candidate for a consecutive three year term.

Members who have served on the Board in the past may serve again providing there is a lapse of one year from their last six consecutive years of service. You may nominate a person or you may nominate yourself. Candidates will be presented to the membership during the spring symposium and chapter meeting on April 28 in Fallon, Nevada.

If you would like to be a candidate or would like to nominate a person contact Mark Wilson at wwht@sbcglobal.net or call 646 812-1727.If you are not able to be a candidate this year, consider being a Board candidate in the future. I would like for you to also consider being a candidate for the National Board of Directors. It also has openings every year.

Although CA/NV has the largest chapter membership, we only have one regular Board member, Dick Waugh. John Winner now serves on the National Board as past president.

A fun and productive day at the Fernley Sand Swales clean up. Great cooperation between BLM, Cal Nevada chapter of OCTA, Boy Scouts, City of Fernley, Fernley Rotary and the local community!


On Saturday, September 30 (National Public Lands Day), there will be a community cleanup of a segment of the historic Fernley Deep Sand Swales, a most arduous portion of the Truckee River Route of the California Emigrant Trail.

Participants will meet at 9 am where the pavement ends on Truck Inn Way, a quarter-mile north of the Terrible’s Travel Center at the I-80 East Fernley exit, exit 48.  Visitors can stop by and see the new Fernley Swales interpretive signs at Terrible’s entrance on their way to the event.

Work will conclude no later than 4 pm.  Please wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and bring sunscreen and a sack lunch. Long sleeved shirts, long pants, and a hat are recommended.  Gloves, shovels and rakes, trash bags, and water will be provided by BLM and participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt.

The cleanup is coordinated by Fernley Boy Scout Troop 1783 in partnership with the Fernley Rotary Club, the City of Fernley, the Bureau of Land Management, the California Nevada Chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association, and Terrible’s Travel Center.





National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands and brings together hundreds of thousands of individual and organizational volunteers to help restore America’s public lands.    https://www.neefusa.org/public-lands-day.


Check out the new photos of the Fernley Swales Interpretive Signs Installation on the
Fernley Swales Page

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Dick Young  

Dick Young

Richard (Dick) Carroll Young, 85, of Yuba City, passed away August 6, 2017. He was born in Sacramento to Anne and Jacob Young and graduated from CK McClatchy High School. He married Joan Bosworth in 1954, graduated from UNR in Civl Engineering to begin his 38 year career at Division of Highways/CalTrans.

During his life, Dick presided as Mayor of Yuba City and President of Lake Tahoe Historical Society, Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and El Dorado County STAR at So. Lake Tahoe.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joan Young; children, Sharon Wonder, Peter Young, Christina Estabrook; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren and two cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to: Barton Memorial Hospital Foundation, 2170 South Avenue, SLT, CA 96150 or South Lake Tahoe Historical Society, 3058 Lake Tahoe Blvd., SLT, CA 96150 or Oregon California (emigrant) Trails Association, 524 S. Osage Street, Independence, MO 64050.

A Celebration Life will be held at St. Andrew Church, Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 1-4 pm.

Published in Appeal Democrat from Aug. 19 to Sept. 18, 2017

2018 Activities

For more information about upcoming activities email the Chapter at canvocta@gmail.com

April 27-April 29  2028  –    “Ragtown Symposium”

Friday will include the board meeting at the Fernley City hall facilities.

Saturday will include a meeting at the Fernley Swales kiosk at 9AM for the chapter’s informal dedication of the kiosk. There will be a 20-minute presentation with 2 speakers, the mayor, and others. Then members will drive to the Churchill County museum where the symposium will begin about 11:00. Activities/speakers are being planned to take place at the museum with dinner at 6:00.

Sunday will have a driving tour to Soda Lake, Ragtown, and other points of interest. Price is not determined yet.

Registration and further information to follow.

Reno Gazette-Journal   August 8, 2017

Preserving history: Saving the Fernley Swales