BCHA News

California Groups Sue to Keep Motorized Electric Bikes Off Non-motorized Trails in Tahoe National Forest

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California Groups Sue to Keep Motorized Electric Bikes Off Non-motorized Trails in Tahoe National Forest Dramatic change in trail policy was made without public input 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 … 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

Tahoe National Forest, Please CEASE allowing e-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

National Trail and Conservation Groups Blast New DOI E-Bike Order

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BCHA is leading the charge nationally to urge caution when allowing electric bikes on multi-use trails. Safety and compatibility concerns need to be considered. Contact: Tyler Ray, American Hiking Society, tray@americanhiking.org, 301-565-6704 (x705) Randy Rasmussen, Back Country Horsemen of America, WildernessAdvisor@bcha.org, 541-602-0713 Angela Gonzales, National Parks Conservation Association, agonzales@npca.org, 202-878-0359 Mark Larabee, Pacific Crest Trail Association, mlarabee@pcta.org, … Read More

Summer Newsletter 2019

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Click here to Open the Summer Newsletter 2019 Inside this Issue View from the Chairman’s Saddle 3 Vice Chairman’s Comments 3 Finding Artifacts in the Back Country 4 Woods and Watersheds 5 National Board Meeting Reports 6 MLU Packing Clinic Expands Topics 7 Have You Heard? Keeping Trails Open for Future Generations   8

Mother Load Unit Earns 2018 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

Untrammeled – Youth first time in Wilderness

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Untrammeled, a film produced in 2014, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and examines the transformative power of wilderness on youth and the importance of getting young people into the backcountry. The focus of the film is youth speaking to youth about wilderness – and the passing of the baton to the next generation. High school youth from … Read More

Spring Newsletter 2019

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Click here to Open the Spring News letter 2019 Inside this Issue Public Lands Report 2 From the Chairman’s Saddle 3 When The Wind Blows 4 Advocate-Educate-Populate 5 BCH of Missouri Trail’s End Receives Award 6 Changes to BCHA Public Lands Committee 6 Legacy Fund Off to a Roaring Start 7 Tips to Makes Expos a Better Place to Gain … Read More

Trail Building & Maintenance Resources

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Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) Packing with LivestockEquestrian Design Guidebook for trails, trailheads, and campgrounds BCHC Manure Bunker Manure Bunker Roof Manure Bunker Slab Pipe Hitch Rail Accessible Gates for Trails and Roads Drawings for Trail Construction & Design Bridge Design & Drawings Information and links on this page provided by BCH of California

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