BCHA Provides the Rationale for Why Congress Must Pass the “Forest Trail Stewardship” Bill
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Randy Rasmussen speaks on the need for, and origins of, the current National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act. Our audience included BCH folks and trail supporters for the bill, Lewis & Clark alumni and other national scenic and historic trails supporters. A key point is the visibility offered by BCHA as the presenter of the webinar on this nationally important “Forest … Read More

Take Action on Yosemite National Park Management Plan, Please Submit Comments on the Stewardship Plan
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Do you desire to one day ride your horse or mule in Yosemite National Park along the park’s many Wilderness trails or even the Pacific Crest Trail? Have you been one of the lucky persons who already has visited Yosemite Wilderness, but wants to continue to enjoy the same freedoms that you did during your last trip? Please submit public … Read More

New Poll shows Broad Support for Federal Public Land Ownership
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A new poll by Colorado College shows broad support for federal public land ownership. Up to 60 percent of Western voters oppose proposals to sell federal land to private sources or transfer ownership to the states. Against an uptick in anti-public lands rhetoric from militant extremists, a new Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Conservation in the West Poll … Read More

Wildfire Disaster Funding Act
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Summary: During heavy fire-fighting seasons, the U.S. Forest Service is forced to withdraw funds from other accounts, including recreation and fire prevention, in order to direct resources to fighting wildfires. This “fire borrowing” comes at the expense of projects that often are left incomplete, perpetuating the likelihood of greater fires in the future and—in the case of recreation—adding to the … Read More

Public Access Ensured by Keeping Public Lands in Public Hands
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Summary: The desire of some states and local governments to own or control federal public lands carries significant repercussions for backcountry pack and saddle stock users. State-managed lands, for example, typically do not embrace the multiple-use mandate that guides federal land management agencies and includes promoting diverse opportunities for public outdoor recreation. There remains great uncertainty as to whether the … Read More

LWCF Coalition Letter to Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee
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BCHA is one of the organizations supporting the the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Please read the letter in support of the LWCF bill supported by BCHA and many other similar organizations. The United States’ Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a Federal program that was established by Act of Congress in 1965 to provide funds and matching grants … Read More

Dr. Rob Atwill Speaks During BCHA’s April 2015 National Board Meeting in Sacramento, California.
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Dr. Rob Atwill of the University of California-Davis was a fantastic guest speaker during BCHA’s recent National Board Meeting held in Sacramento. He summarized the latest science that demonstrates native mammals, including squirrels and marmot, are far more likely to be the source of water-borne pathogens than either livestock or pack stock. In one study at Yosemite National Park, a … Read More

BCHA strongly supports H.R. 845 “Forest Trails” Bill
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Last week, the National Forest “trails bill” we supported last year was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Cynthia Lummis  (R-WY)  and Tim Walz (D-MN). The bill, the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act (H.R. 845), continues to spur high-level dialogue and a search for solutions to the growing trail maintenance crisis on our national forests. BCHA strongly … Read More

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