BCHA News

Winter Newsletter 2022

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Click here to Open the Winter Newsletter 2022 Inside… Public Lands Update 2 View from the Chairman’s Saddle 3 BCHA Legacy Fund 4 A New Trail Tool 5 MLU Shares Grant Writing Tips 6 Volunteer Hours Totals for 2020 7 SAVE THE DATE for the 50th Anniversary in 2023 8    

BCHA Grant Helps North Georgia BCH Maintain Campgrounds near Blue Ridge

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Through a National Grant from Back Country Horsemen of America, local fundraising efforts, and largely through a donation from a local concerned citizen, Todd Burkhalter from Drive Planning and the Burkhalter Ranch, Back Country Horsemen of North Georgia has purchased two new lawn mowers. One lawnmower replaces the current Jack’s River Fields Campground lawnmower near Blue Ridge, Georgia and the … Read More

Fall Newsletter 2021

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Click here to Open the Fall Newsletter 2021 Inside… Public Lands Update 2 View from the Chairman’s Saddle 3 To Picket or Not to Picket 4 Double Diamond Award 5 Leave No Trace Ethics for Stock Users 5 Fundraising Committee Report 6 BCHA Partnerships 7 Next-Gen Packers 8    

BCHA – Supporters of Trails are Common Ground Program

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BCHA is a proud sponsor of the new national Trails are Common Ground program. No matter our differences in backgrounds or how we choose to enjoy the great outdoors, trails create common ground that connects us. Access to trails is a privilege we acknowledge and can only safeguard through our actions toward one another. Meeting other people on the trail … Read More

Summer Newsletter 2021

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Click here to Open the Summer Newsletter 2021 Inside… Public Lands Update 2 View from the Chairman 3 2021 National Board Meeting Recap 4 Collaboration Works 5 MLU Partnerships Pack a Punch 6 A Summer Odyssey for Long Ears 7 What is a Bequest? 8 BCHA Grants in Action 8    

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

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