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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

Newsletter, Fall of 2016 Issue
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Click here to Open the Fall 2016 Newsletter Inside This Issue BCH Education Grant Reports 1-5 The Catch Pen 6-9 BCH Outreach to Mongolia 9-10 From the Chairman’s Saddle 13 National News 13 Message from the Executive Director 15

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

BCH Member Cathy Woods, presents her “Body, Mind, Equine Program” at National Cowgirl Museum
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I am grateful to have been assistant to fellow BCH’er Cathy Woods, while she presented her “Body, Mind, Equine Program”, to attendees of the National Cowgirl Museum/Spring Round at the luxurious Paws Up Resort near Missoula, Montana. (http://www.pawsup.com/) While at the roundup we had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with this year’s guest honorees; Elanor Green DVM, a … Read More

Buffalo River BCH of Arkansas Put On Kids’ Weekend at Woolum Park
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In spite of the heat, the intrepid kids and grand kids of the Buffalo River Back Country Horsemen had their third annual weekend of learning and practicing Leave No Trace skills, invasive plant identification, proper trail work and tool usage, and Dutch oven cooking, All this while improving horsemanship and swimming techniques. Thirteen young cowgirls and cowboys came with seventeen … Read More

Newsletter, Spring of 2016 Issue
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Click here to Open the Spring 2016 Newsletter Inside This Issue Letter to the Editor 2 From the Chairman’s Saddle 3 From the Executive Secretary’s Desk 5 The Catch Pen 6-8 Public Lands Report 8 NextGen 10

BCHA Celebrates National Park Service Centennial
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Here is the BCHA Ad placed in the USA Today Special Edition Your National Parks Guide. “Spacious skies, amber waves of grain, purple mountain majesties…” These words cause even the most restrained American to choke up. They describe our America, the America we cherish, the America founded on the backs of horses. Back Country Horsemen of America strives every day … Read More

BCHA Announces the Packing and Wilderness Skills Young Adult Scholarship Winner
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BCHA and Bob Marshall Wilderness Outfitters in Montana are excited to announce Madeline Baker of Post Falls, Idaho as the recipient of this year’s scholarship. Madeline was selected from a field of 30 excellent applicants. While it was challenging for the Education Committee of the BCHA to narrow down the applicants, Madeline demonstrated the interest and dedication that BCHA was … Read More

BCHA Signs 5-Year Agreement with Bureau of Land Management
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Earlier this year, BCHA’s Executive Director Jim McGarvey signed a 5-year MOU with the BLM. The agreement encourages BLM field offices throughout the Western U.S. to partner with local BCH chapters for service and trail maintenance projects. It also encourages the BLM to work with BCHA and The Wilderness Society in efforts to promote and expand a system of sustainable … Read More

BCHA 2016 National Board Meeting
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Back Country Horsemen of America National Board Meeting April 20-23, 2016 in Las Vagas, NV. Click to see full PDF.

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