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National Park Issues

Extraordinary Efforts by BCHW Western Washington Long Ears Chapter to help Extract an Injured Hiker

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When mules and horses are golden! – BCHW Western Washington Long Ears Chapter In July of this year as Sue and I were packing in a team of Biologists to survey the fish population on the North Fork of the Skokomish River in the Olympic National Park I had a field change thrown at us. My park issued radio cracked on … Read More

Horses and Packstock Are Not Likely Sources of Harmful Pathogens in Waterways

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Dr. Rob Atwill of the University of California, Davis, provided the following PowerPoint presentation during BCHA’s 2015  National Board Meeting held in Sacramento. He summarized the growing body of 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 … Read More

BCHA is Joining the National Park Service to Celebrate their 100th Anniversary

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BCHA is joining the National Park Service and other partners to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park System, which was established on August 25, 1916. Our national parks and monuments celebrate the history and character of our nation. They include a long and colorful history of pack and saddle stock use that persists to the present day. National … Read More

Bryce Canyon National Park Decides Against Guides For Private Equestrians

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Submitted by National Park Traveler Staff on October 7, 2014 – 12:41am Bryce Canyon National Park has backed off from a proposal to require private horse owners to hire guides to ride in the park Public opposition has led Bryce Canyon National Park officials to drop their proposal to require all private horse groups to hire a guide to ride … Read More

BCHA Signs 5-Year Agreement with National Park Service

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Pictured are Ken Ausk, Founder of BCHA, Reggie Chapple, NPS Chief of Partnerships, your Chairman Jim McGarvey, Phyllis Ausk, Founding Member of BCHA, and Alan Hill, Past Chairman BCHA and Executive Committee Member BCHA’s Chairman Jim McGarvey signs a 5-year general agreement with the National Park Service last month in Washington DC. The agreement encourages national parks throughout the nation … Read More

Mammoth Cave Backcountry Horsemen Adopt Park

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Left to right: Brenda Cecil, President of Mammoth Cave BCH Sarah Craighead, Superintendent of Mammoth Cave Nat. Park Ginny Grulke, President of KY BCH On October 15, 2014, Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead signed an agreement with representatives of the Mammoth Cave Backcountry Horsemen, as a way to improve maintenance of the park’s horse trails. “Our agreement with … Read More

Back Country Horsemen of America Helps Restore Trail after Forest Fire

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Every trail has a history, and Back Country Horsemen of America defends our right to be a part of it from the back of a horse, the way our ancestors were. The Duckabush Trail tells a story of sustained hard work, needless calamity, and the progress that can be accomplished when people from different walks of life work together toward … Read More

Proposed Rule Change for Private Horse Use –Bryce Canyon National Park

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Back Country Horsemen of America Action Alert!!! Click Here for Updated Information Deadline for Comments: April 24, 2014 (midnight Mountain time zone) Bryce Canyon National Park has proposed changes for users of privately-owned stock on designated horse trails within the park. The changes are intended to ensure the safety of all visitors and to protect park resources. The park initiated … Read More

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