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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, 2018, 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

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

New legislation calls for improved investments in National Forest Trail System

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Groups rally behind National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act New legislation calls for improved investments in National Forest Trail System Contacts: Paul Spitler, The Wilderness Society (202) 360-1912 Jim McGarvey, Chairman of Back Country Horsemen of America (706) 624-6505 Ben Pendergrass, American Horse Council (202) 296-4031 WASHINGTON DC (June 18, 2014) – The Backcountry Horsemen of America, The Wilderness Society, … Read More

BCH Applaud Designation of Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument

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Back Country Horsemen of America and Back Country Horsemen of New Mexico Applaud Designation of Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument – courtesy of Bureau of Land Management “The Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA) applauds President Barack Obama’s designation of the Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument utilizing his authority under the Antiquities Act of 1906, … Read More

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