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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

Take Action: Weigh in on Yosemite Wilderness Plan

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Comment Online with BCHA Talking Points Below Yosemite National Park recently issued “Preliminary Concepts & Ideas” for its forthcoming Wilderness Stewardship Plan. The plan covers over 704,000 acres of designated Wilderness, or 94%, of Yosemite National Park. The park identified four topics that have substantive effects on wilderness and wilderness management. Those topics are visitor use and capacity, stock use, trail management, and commercial … Read More

BCHA-BCHW public scoping comments regarding the park’s Wilderness Stewardship Plan

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Mount Rainier National Park Wilderness Stewardship Plan – BCHA-BCHW public scoping comments regarding the park’s Wilderness Stewardship Plan Here is the full PDF document for you to read.

Help BCHA secure more horseback riding opportunities at Mount Rainer National Park

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  In 2002 the National Park Service all but eliminated horseback use at Mount Rainier National Park, with the sole exceptions being the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and one feeder trail to the PCT? That decision represents an enormous bur under the saddle of horsemen, who have endured the near prohibition of pack and saddle stock in that park for … 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

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