BCHA News

Back Country Horsemen of Wyoming Annual Rendezvous – 2015

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Squaretop and the Lower Green River Lake Well; it’s January, 2016 and I’m just now sitting down to write something about the 2015 Back Country Horsemen Rendezvous in Wyoming. The Rendezvous was hosted by the Pinedale Chapter, called the Mountain Man Backcountry Horsemen, fitting for the area with its past trapper rendezvous. The Upper Green River Lakes was the site … Read More

New Poll shows Broad Support for Federal Public Land Ownership

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A new poll by Colorado College shows broad support for federal public land ownership. Up to 60 percent of Western voters oppose proposals to sell federal land to private sources or transfer ownership to the states. Against an uptick in anti-public lands rhetoric from militant extremists, a new Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Conservation in the West Poll … Read More

Peg Greiwe: A Back Country Horsemen of America Horsewoman

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Back Country Horsemen of America is at the forefront of the drive to protect our right to ride horses on public lands, but they wouldn’t be in that position without the tireless effort of people who share their vision. Peg Greiwe grabbed hold of the BCHA mission nearly 30 years ago and still refuses to let go. Join the Family … Read More

Newsletter, Winter of 2016 Issue

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Click here to Open the Winter 2016 Newsletter Inside This Issue Message from the Executive Director 2 From the Chairman’s Saddle 3 From the Secretary’s Desk 2 Public Lands Report 5 BCH Education Foundation Grant 6 The Catch Pen 8-9 Is This Back Country Horsemen’s Defining Moment? 10 Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen 12

High Sierra Chapter of BCHNV participates in Food Drive and Receives State Recognition

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The High Sierra Chapter of BCHNV (Reno) has participated in the local “Share Your Christmas” food drive for the past five years. This year we collected over 550 pounds of food and $100, and as always, we delivered it to the drive up collection point on horseback, with a pack string. Nine members and 7 1/2 animals participated. The food … Read More

BCHA EDU Foundation Grant helps with Shoshone BCH Jack Creek Trailhead Project

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2015 was a very productive year for the Shoshone Backcounty Horsemen of Northwest Wyoming. The SBCH has a core group of about a dozen people who enable us to accomplish many great projects. This year alone we planned and built 4 new amazing corral on the Wood River, repaired 6 feed bunks at Jack Creek, built a trailhead at Big … Read More

Back Country Horsemen of America’s Rapport with Wild Lands

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Members of BCH New Mexico Northwest Chapter Scouting Trails in Tent Rocks National Monument Back Country Horsemen of America believes that protecting our right to ride horses on public lands starts with taking part in maintaining those trails. Members spend countless hours doing trail and facility maintenance that public lands managers’ budgets don’t allow. As members care for these trails … Read More

Meeting Hikers with Your Pack String in Tow

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A smile is a powerful tool in the effort to keep stock part of the trail scene! – BCHW Western Washington Long Ears Chapter This photo is what we need to be working for as we trail riders and packers meet folks on the trail. The smile on the faces of these two unidentified hikers says it all. Several years … Read More

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

Back Country Horsemen of America Trains US Soldiers in Horse Handling

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Back Country Horsemen of America works hard across the country to keep trails open for horse use. They know the many benefits of horses, such as giving youth the confidence they need to succeed in life, and providing adults with stress-relieving recreation. Horses and mules are also invaluable in allowing us to enter fragile wilderness areas without the damage of … 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

Horses and Packstock Unlikely to spread Invasive Plants Along Trails.

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Dr. Stith T. Gower of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, prepared the following two studies with assistance from the American Endurance Riders Conference. 1) Dr. Gower’s study on “Horses and Invasive Plants, The Western USA Study” and 2) Are horses responsible for introducing non-native plants along forest trails? Dr. Gower’s studies indicate that horses and pack stock are unlikely, if at all, to … Read More

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