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National Forest System Trail Stewardship Grants: Available for 2017
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As a result of BCHA’s recent collaborative efforts with national partners, The National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance announced this week the creation of a new trails granting program. “National Forest Trail Stewardship Grants” are supported by the U.S. Forest Service and are intended to address the trail maintenance backlog on National Forest System trails. Current nonprofit organizations (e.g., 501 (c)(3), 501 … Read More

BLM Gives Thanks to Steens BCH of Oregon Volunteers
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Each year in the Burns District in Oregon of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), volunteers give thousands of hours of service to your local public lands. Yes, thousands of hours dedicated to Harney County Oregon! Volunteers offer their time and skills to restore habitats, build and maintain trails, preserve historic structures, provide services to visitors, and much more. Check … Read More

Gravel Bags Rock – Buffalo National River BCHA
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First comes a need. Then an inspiration. Followed by a little ingenuity and a lot of work. And, voila, a problem is solved and a need is met. While that’s the formula upon which whole civilizations are built, members of the Buffalo River Chapter BCHA had something a little more elemental in mind. After receiving a significant grant from the … Read More

Summer 2017 WSP Grant Program Applications Now Being Accepted
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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

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
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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

BCHA Introduces a Gift Legacy Program
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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

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

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