E-News November 13, 2020

Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter Zoom Meeting

The next Zoom Meeting of the Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter is on Saturday, November 14:


  • 1:00 Pacific
  • 2:00 Mountain
  • 3:00 Central
  • 4:00 Eastern

Please join the chapter for a discussion with Jeff Broome, author of Indian Raids and Massacres: Essays on the Central Plains Indian War, a new book covering incidents in Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska from 1864-1870.  Each chapter in this book describes a separate aspect of the conflict and offers new insights into each, based upon research conducted over a period of 20 years. Dr. Broome, a fifth-generation Coloradan, is the author of three other books on Indian raids.

The discussion will be moderated by David Welch. He is a great-grandson of Ambrose Asher (1857-1894) who was captured as a child in a raid of his family’s ranch in Nebraska that is the subject of one of the chapters in the book. He will provide his understanding and perspective on that raid.

The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85013949822,  It is not necessary to pre-register.

National Historic Trail Asset Inventory Mobile Application

There is an exciting new opportunity for the Oregon-California Trails Association to contribute to the National Historic Trails mapping efforts. The National Trails Office Resource Information Management (RIM) team has developed a mobile application called Survey 123 for tracking assets along the trail such as interpretive waysides, museum exhibits, and National Historic Trail (NHT) road or pedestrian signs. The NHT Asset Inventory is updated to ensure the priority for the app is the recording of assets that their office has supported or approved of. This is primarily indicated by the use of the NHT logo or as one of the family of directional signs. The National Historic Trail asset types the Survey123 app will be used to acquire going forward are waysides, directional signage, facility exhibits, and other NHT signs. This will allow the users to focus on those assets for which there is a need to know the location and condition of assets and can assist with needs (such as replacement, etc). General trail signs (non-NHT) or state markers are tracked/owned by other entities/land owners/land managers. The NHT Asset Inventory is not to be used for MET mapping, trail trace, ruts, swale, or other cultural resource recording of sensitive data. 

The Survey123 app utilizes a user-friendly interface, similar to a fillable PDF, and only requires filling out prompted questions and taking site asset photos while the mobile device captures the global positioning system (GPS) location. The location records automatically when the user submits information about the sign, wayside, or exhibit. The app eliminates the use of complex and sometimes costly GPS devices and in turn enables users the same capability on their smart phone or tablet utilizing the built-in GPS. No cellular coverage or internet connectivity is required for field recording of locations because uploads can occur once the user is connected back to a network.

Association members can use this app on their own smart phones or tablets. OCTA volunteers will be able to collaborate with the National Trails Office to identify interpretive NHT resources out in the field for the public to enjoy. Participants will be given an ArcGIS Online (AGOL) partner account to access the app after contacting GIS Specialists Brian Deaton (brian_deaton@nps.gov) or Sarah Rivera (sarah_rivera@nps.gov) to request an account to use the app. The instructional documentation for download/use of the app and video can be found within the ArcGIS Online National Trails – Asset Inventory group after requesting a partner account with ArcGIS Online. A NPS ArcGIS Online Organizational partner account will be created for you. You will receive an invitation email to join the NPS AGOL organization. You must respond to the invitation within 30 days or the account will be disabled. Within AGOL, the user must fill out the user profile. This inventory will help the National Trails identify NHT assets, their condition, and actions to fix, replace, or correct the location of interpretive media.

Once you have the account, please fill out the attached National Park Service ArcGIS Online Acceptable Use Policy Training, Acceptance, and Certificate for External Partners pdf. Please read the NPS Acceptable Use Policy document and check off all the boxes with the National Park Service ArcGIS Online Acceptable Use Policy Training, Acceptance, and Certificate for External Partners pdf. After, save the pdf as “External Partner” + “AUP” + NTIR + First initial and Last Name (ex. External Partner AUP NTIR BDeaton). Then you will need to upload the pdf into ArcGIS Online. See the National Park Service ArcGIS Online Acceptable Use Policy Training, Acceptance, and Certificate for External Partners for instructions. The tags associated with the uploaded pdf will be OREG, CALI, Oregon National Historic Trail California National Historic Trail, IMR, AUP. When you have completed this send an email to Brian or Sarah and they will let the AGOL admin know to change your account to allow you to use the survey123.

The NPS ArcGIS Online can be accessed here after you have your account:

OCTA Seeks To Fill Western Regional Representative Position

For the past several years, retired National Park Service veteran Sharon Brown has ably filled our Western Regional Representative position. She has now decided to retire a second time as of December 31, so the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) is now seeking an able replacement. OCTA will be accepting applications and resumes through Friday, December 18. We hope to fill the position by early January.

The primary function is to assist the OCTA President, Association Manager, and Chapter Members and Volunteers in carrying out organization functions. The five western OCTA chapters (Northwest, California-Nevada, Idaho, Utah Crossroads, and Southern Trails) may receive priority attention. We are seeking an individual who lives generally in the western United States who has a home office with an internet-connected computer and phone. Some travel may be required.


1. Promote OCTA’s Mission by assisting OCTA Chapter Members and Volunteers:

a) Support efforts to increase public awareness of the trails, including but not limited to making public speaking engagements with service clubs, government organizations, historic/archaeological societies, and others

b) Serve as a liaison with OCTA National, the National Park Service (NPS), other governmental agencies, and other trail and historical organizations.

c) Assist with educational research and seek to develop MOUs with universities and other historical and/or archaeological societies

d) Assist chapters, members, and volunteers with promotions and projects, outreach, and establishing priorities, especially with signing and site development, app development, and programs to attract people to trail sites

e) Attend chapter meetings and events upon invitation

f) Participate in chapter president conference calls

g) Assist chapters, members, and volunteers to identify and develop chapter leadership

2. Assist OCTA Chapters, members, and volunteers with:

a) identifying and promoting projects for trail protection and development

b) identifying funding opportunities to accomplish protection and development of the trails, including trail interpretive and preservation projects.

3. Assist the OCTA Association Manager in sustaining and growing membership.

4. Assist OCTA Association Manager in liaison with NPS National Trails Office – Santa Fe.

5. Serve as OCTA’s clearinghouse and information center for trail preservation and development activities by and in OCTA Chapters, including, but not limited to, a calendar of events, assisting chapters with promotional material, and encouraging chapters to have a presence at related events.

6. Assist in developing annual Task Agreements with NPS National Trails Office – Santa Fe Cooperative Agreement.

7. Assist in the review, revision, and execution of OCTA’s Strategic Plan.

The Scope of Work is primarily to assist the Association Manager in carrying out OCTA’s functions including, but not limited to the Duties and Responsibilities as described in this agreement. The Western Regional Representative (WRR) is expected to devote an equivalent of 26-27 hours per week over the course of the 39 week contract. The position pays $23.85/hour, not to exceed 1,040 hours. The term of contract will run through September 30, 2021, and may possibly be renewed, subject to approval by the OCTA Board of Directors. This position is as an independent contractor and not an employee of OCTA.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume by Friday, December 18 to John Winner and Travis Boley at swinner@dataentree.com and tboley@indepmo.org.


U.S. Forest Service Announces Preliminary List of Great American Outdoors Act Projects

This is a link to current Forest Service projects to be authorized under the Great American Outdoors Act, signed into law earlier this summer. There are a number of them in trails states, and we are asking our chapters to review the projects in your region to see if any of them interface with the Oregon or California National Historic Trails. If so, please alert Bill Martin and Travis Boley at bmartinocta@gmail.com and tboley@indepmo.org. The list is tentative and subject to change. It can be viewed here.

Newsletters From Our Other Chapters

Some of our chapters have asked that we share their newsletters. Please consider joining these other chapters to help them fulfill projects in their regions. If links don’t work, please copy and paste them into your web browser.

Trails Head: https://mcusercontent.com/87d63d81a9ef2cd32a9f96db5/files/53dcdc42-c2d3-4b1e-947b-2f5e715e48e4/TRAILMARKER_11_20.pdf

Idaho: http://idahoocta.org/Trail_Dust_Volume_32_No_3_2020_Fall.pdf 

Ormond (Ornie) Snook Lamson 1920-2020


Ormond (Ormie) Snook Lamson passed peacefully on July 9 at her home in Walnut Creek. She lived a very full life (Jan 1920—July 2020). She was born in Oakland and raised in the Rockridge area. She was the eldest child, only daughter of Charles Wade Snook and Ruth A. Snook. Her father was a Superior Court Judge for Alameda County appointed by then California Governor Earl Warren. She attended UC Berkeley, was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1942. Her parents and Lamson in-laws all graduated from Berkeley.

She met her husband, Dr. Baldwin G. Lamson, at UC Berkeley. They married in Rochester, New York in December 1942. He was in Medical School and the U.S. Navy at the time. Their war years took them to many locations in the United States, some easier than others. The family eventually settled for 52 years in Encino, California, when Dr. Baldwin became a member of the initial faculty at UCLA Medical School. There she raised her four children and created a home where the neighborhood played often. She became a leader in the UCLA Medical School Auxiliary, including a stint as President.

With an optimistic and happy perspective, the mountains were a special influence. She especially enjoyed her time and friends in the Donner Summit area. The Community was a natural fit as early summer years in the Tahoe Park area were spent hiking and swimming. She enjoyed mule pack trips and back packing with her family in the wider Sierra Nevada.

A descendant of a California pioneer family, her great grandfather arrived in San Francisco from New York City, July 2, 1849. Her great grandmother made the overland journey to Portland and arrived by ship in San Francisco in 1852. She and her husband were very involved with the Oregon-California Trail Association beginning in 1986 while in their 70s, exploring for many years original trail routes that opened the western United States, chasing history and the routes of their ancestors. They also traveled extensively, most notable international journeys included early USSR and China opening; Panama Canal; Peru, Argentina.

After 62 years of marriage, her husband passed in 2004 at age 88. At that time, she returned to the Bay Area.
She lived through many significant periods of history: post World War I, the Great Depression; World War II, Korean War and much more. As a result, she had a strong interest in World events. Reading was a passion and she enjoyed bridge with friends.

She was a very calm Mother with a ready welcoming smile, keen intellect, sense of humor and always encouraging. At 100, she was on her iPad connecting with her wider family. She understood, nurtured, navigated four different children and her husband. When asked how do you adjust to life’s challenges and set- backs: “I live in the room I am in, quietly reflecting on the past.”

Ormie is survived by her four children all of California: Ann Lamson Williams, Loomis; B.G. Lamson Jr. Granite Bay; Wade Lamson, Lafayette and Stephen Lamson, Pleasanton; as well as by five (5) grandchildren and ten (10) great-grandchildren. A celebration of Life gathering will be held in 2021.