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

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

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

2018 Winner of the Double Diamond Award

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2018 Double Diamond Award Pony Express trail Project Pony Express Trail Project Earns MLU the 2018 Double Diamond Award by Lucy Badenhoop 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act, so BCHC-MLU partnered with the US Forest Service (Eldorado National Forest) and the California Division of the National Pony Express Association to restore 47 miles of alpine … Read More

Prevent Electric Bikes on Non-Motorized Trails

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Secretary of Interior Declares: A Motor is Not a Motor. On August 29th, 2019, the Secretary of the Department of Interior (DOI) issued Secretarial Order 3376, titled “Increasing Recreational Opportunities through the use of Electric Bikes.” The Order applies to all DOI agencies (National Park Service, BLM, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service). Essentially, it orders the agencies to adopt policies … Read More

BCHA, BCH California and Others Demand the Tahoe National Forest Rescind its Decision to Allow Motorized Electric Bikes on Non-Motorized Trails

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The Wilderness Society, Gold Country Trails Council, Back Country Horsemen of America, Backcountry Horsemen of California, along with its Mother Lode Unit, and Forest Issues Group request that the Tahoe National Forest immediately withdraw its decision to permit Class 1 electric mountain bikes (EMTBs) on non-motorized trails and remove the approximately 132 miles of trails closed to motor vehicle use … Read More

Mother Load Unit (BCHC) Earns 2018 Double Diamond Award

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2018 Double Diamond Award Pony Express trail Project Pony Express Trail Project Earns MLU the 2018 Double Diamond Award by Lucy Badenhoop 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act, so BCHC-MLU partnered with the US Forest Service (Eldorado National Forest) and the California Division of the National Pony Express Association to restore 47 miles of alpine … Read More

Untrammeled – Youth first time in Wilderness

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Untrammeled, a film produced in 2014, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and examines the transformative power of wilderness on youth and the importance of getting young people into the backcountry. The focus of the film is youth speaking to youth about wilderness – and the passing of the baton to the next generation. High school youth from … Read More

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