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Summer 2017 WSP Grant Program Applications Now Being Accepted

Does your organization do wilderness stewardship? Do you partner with the Forest Service? Do you know what “WSP” stands for? If you can answer yes to these three questions than the NWSA Wilderness Stewardship Performance Grants for Summer 2017 may be your ticket to additional funding. Wilderness Stewardship Performance (WSP) will guide much of the work that the Forest Service … Read More

Newsletter, Winter of 2017 Issue

Click here to Open the Winter 2017 Newsletter Inside This Issue Double Diamond Award Application 2 Public Lands and Recreation Report 2 From the Chairman’s Saddle 3 The Catch Pen 4-9 Message from the Executive Director 6-7 General Interest 10-12

BCH of California Takes the Lead with Leave No Trace Stock Use Education
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“Tools to Make Better Choices” Leave No Trace Master Educator Program After years in the planning and training phases, Back Country Horsemen of California (BCHC) is being nationally recognized for our leadership in Leave No Trace education of stock use.  As we preserve our right to ride horses on public lands, Back Country Horsemen of California also embrace and promote … Read More

National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act Signed into Law
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Public Law 114-245: National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act, was signed by President Obama on November 28, 2016. We did it! BCHA, our partners and “Trails bill” sponsors have brought national attention to the trail maintenance backlog on our national forests. There is much more work ahead, however, as the agency has yet to enjoy increased funding and capacity to … Read More

Buffalo National River BCHA Centennial Ride and Clean-up 2016
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A year of planning, months of scouting and grooming trails, and 11 days and 133 miles of camping and riding on the Buffalo National River in northwest Arkansas. Those are the stats, but the numbers don’t begin to tell the story of what members of the Buffalo River BCHA are calling their trip of a lifetime. Plans for the Buffalo … Read More

National Forest Trail Maintenance Legislation S. 1110 Passes Senate

The Senate passes the National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act of 2015 (H.R.845 S.1110). See other related news –  National Forest Trail Maintenance Legislation H.R. 845 Passes House Back Country Horsemen of America(BCHA), The American Horse Council(AHC) ,  and the Wilderness Society were significantly involved in the creation and passage of this bill. This follows House passage of the bill earlier … Read More

BCHA Introduces a Gift Legacy Program

The Back Country Horsemen of America is proud to introduce a Gift Legacy program for its members. This new program enables members and non-members alike to bequest a gift through a will or annuity to help BCHA fulfill its mission of truly Keeping America’s Trails Open Forever. We all know too well the enormous challenges facing BCHA —ranging from the selling of America’s Public Lands, lack of federal trails … Read More

Newsletter, Fall of 2016 Issue

Click here to Open the Fall 2016 Newsletter Inside This Issue BCH Education Grant Reports 1-5 The Catch Pen 6-9 BCH Outreach to Mongolia 9-10 From the Chairman’s Saddle 13 National News 13 Message from the Executive Director 15

National Forest Trail Maintenance Legislation H.R. 845 Passes House

Groups hail legislation that will preserve America’s trails Washington D.C. (September 26, 2016) Today the House of Representatives approved H.R. 845, the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act by Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Tim Walz (D-MN). The legislation would keep more trails across the nation open and accessible by expanding the use of volunteer and partner organizations and providing … Read More

Take Action : Support the Land & Water Conservation Fund

This Bill in Congress Would Benefit Trails and Horsemen in Three Ways As the 114th Congress looks toward its final months of work, we urge you to support the bipartisan agreement to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund that passed the Senate in April as part of the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. BCHA is a member of the LWCF … Read More

Take Action: Weigh in on Yosemite Wilderness Plan

Comment Online with BCHA Talking Points Below Yosemite National Park recently issued “Preliminary Concepts & Ideas” for its forthcoming Wilderness Stewardship Plan. The plan covers over 704,000 acres of designated Wilderness, or 94%, of Yosemite National Park. The park identified four topics that have substantive effects on wilderness and wilderness management. Those topics are visitor use and capacity, stock use, trail management, and commercial … Read More

BCH Member Cathy Woods, presents her “Body, Mind, Equine Program” at National Cowgirl Museum
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I am grateful to have been assistant to fellow BCH’er Cathy Woods, while she presented her “Body, Mind, Equine Program”, to attendees of the National Cowgirl Museum/Spring Round at the luxurious Paws Up Resort near Missoula, Montana. ( While at the roundup we had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with this year’s guest honorees; Elanor Green DVM, a … Read More

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