BCHA News

Four-Legged Friends and Your Estate

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What if You Cross the Rainbow Bridge First? What would happen to your animals if you suddenly died?  An accident or sudden illness can take us when we think we still have plenty of time to “get our affairs in order”.  While our spouses and children are able to eventually re-adjust their lives without us, our pets and livestock cannot…….without … Read More

Fall Newsletter 2020

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Click here to Open the Fall Newsletter 2020 Inside… Public Lands Update 2 Alabama in the News 2 View from the Chairman 3 BCHA Grants in Action 4-5 BCH Kanas-Teaming up for Trail Work 6 Getting Youth Involved 7 Giving 8

BCHA Responds to BLM, NPS & USFWS on e-Bike Rules

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BCHA’s Formal Public Comments on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Proposed Rule to Increase Recreational Opportunities Through the Use of Electric Bikes (e-Bikes) June 5, 2020—BCHA submitted a public comment letter that voiced strong opposition to elements of the BLM Proposed Rule (i.e., policy change) that would, if adopted, superimpose e-Bike use—a motorized form of travel—on non-motorized trails used … Read More

Spring Newsletter 2020

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Click here to Open the Spring Newsletter 2020 Inside… What Are we Doing to Increase Membership 2 Create a Lasting Legacy 2 View from the Chairman 3 Public Lands Update 4 Words Matter 5 Creating Next Generation Back Country Horsemen 8 Non-Equestrians Occupying Camp Sites 10-11 A Tribute to Mylon Filkins 12

Winter Newsletter 2020

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Click here to Open the Winter Newsletter 2020 Inside… Economic benefit of the Trail 2 Leaving Your Personal Legacy 2 View from the Chairman’s Saddle 3 BCH California MLU Seeks Youth Packers 3 Rocky Mountain BCH Reopens Trails 4 Mammoth Cave BCH Kentucky Summer Projects Report 5 Kendrick Mountain Arizona BCH Supports Lookout 6 Buffalo River BCH Arkansas Silver Celebration … Read More

BCHA, BCH California and Others File Litigation Challenging Tahoe National Forest’s Approval of Motorized Electric Bikes on Non-motorized Trails

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SACRAMENTO, October 23, 2019 – Backcountry trail and forest groups in California joined together in a suit filed today that challenges the U.S. Forest Service decision to allow motorized bikes to operate on non-motorized trails in the Tahoe National Forest. Plaintiffs in the suit include the Gold Country Trails Council, Backcountry Horsemen of California, Back Country Horsemen of America, the Forest … Read More

A Motor is a Motor. Um Right

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A Motor is a Motor. Um, Right? When is a motor on a mountain bike not considered a motor? When the Secretary of Interior commands it. Nothing could be more crazy, but here we are. Electric bikes (e-Bikes) soon could be sharing multiple-use trails with horsemen. On August 29th, Secretary of the Department of Interior (DOI), David Bernhardt, issued Secretarial … Read More

2018 Winner of the Double Diamond Award

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2018 Double Diamond Award Pony Express trail Project Pony Express Trail Project Earns MLU the 2018 Double Diamond Award by Lucy Badenhoop 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act, so BCHC-MLU partnered with the US Forest Service (Eldorado National Forest) and the California Division of the National Pony Express Association to restore 47 miles of alpine … Read More

Prevent Electric Bikes on Non-Motorized Trails

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Secretary of Interior Declares: A Motor is Not a Motor. On August 29th, 2019, the Secretary of the Department of Interior (DOI) issued Secretarial Order 3376, titled “Increasing Recreational Opportunities through the use of Electric Bikes.” The Order applies to all DOI agencies (National Park Service, BLM, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service). Essentially, it orders the agencies to adopt policies … Read More

BCHA, BCH California and Others Demand the Tahoe National Forest Rescind its Decision to Allow Motorized Electric Bikes on Non-Motorized Trails

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The Wilderness Society, Gold Country Trails Council, Back Country Horsemen of America, Backcountry Horsemen of California, along with its Mother Lode Unit, and Forest Issues Group request that the Tahoe National Forest immediately withdraw its decision to permit Class 1 electric mountain bikes (EMTBs) on non-motorized trails and remove the approximately 132 miles of trails closed to motor vehicle use … Read More

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