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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

National Forest Trail Maintenance Legislation S. 1110 Passes Senate
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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

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

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

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

The Land and Water Conservation Fund
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Summary: Congress must fully fund and permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF remains the premier federal program to conserve our nation’s land, water, historic, and recreation heritage. Yet, the LWCF will expire on September 30th, 2015, unless Congress acts immediately. Download Printable Version of this document. The LWCF’s 50-Year Track Record of Enhancing Recreation and Conservation1 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

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