BCHA News

Spring Newsletter 2021

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Click here to Open the Spring Newsletter 2021 Inside… Public Lands Update 2 View from the Chairman 3 Advoacy Equals Future Access 3 San Rafael Back Country Horsemen Improve Local Trails 4 Spring Warm-Ups: Reconditioning Horses and Mules in the Spring 5 Fundraising Committee Report 6 A Rebuilding Year,2020 7 The Legacy Fund 8

BCHA Public Lands Update On E-Bikes for 2021

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By Randy Rasmussen – BCHA Director of Public Lands and Recreation Public debate is likely to intensify in 2021 regarding the appropriate role of motorized electric bicycle (e-bike) use in outdoor recreation, including the appropriate role of electric mountain bikes (e-MTBs) among backcountry trails. The issue is not going away any time soon. This Public Lands Update summarizes recent changes … Read More

Winter Newsletter 2021

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Click here to Open the Winter Newsletter 2021 Inside… Shaping BCHA to Attract Younger People 2 View from the Chairman’s Saddle 3 Black Hills BCH of South Dakota Celebrates 10 years 4 How to Feed a Hard Keeper 5 Public Lands Update 6-7 Why Some Long Time BCHA Members Supported the Legacy Fund 8

Survey: What Horse Camps-Trail Heads are Non-equestrians Occupying

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Here’s a short Survey to determine where Horse Camping Sites & Trail Heads are occupied by Non-equestrians. This short Survey is a follow-up to a previous Survey that was circulated a year ago in conjunction with Back Country Horsemen of America, and Back Country Horsemen of Oregon. This data is being collected to help determine where non-equestrians occupy horse camping … Read More

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

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