BCHA News

Project Risk Assessment – New replacement for JHA

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The old JHA (Job Hazard Analysis) has been replaced by the Project Risk Assessment. The newer form list each potential problem and the risk of going forward. This is the chain saw version, there is one for every category just like the JHA. Click here to download the PDF Viewer Presentation called Project Risk Asssessment- Chain Saw

OHLEC – Objective-Hazzards- Leans-Escape Route- Cut plan

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OHLEC is what we would call a new strategy being used when a sawyer approaches any given cutting situation. Using this strategy a sawyer can assess any potential situation in falling or bucking and limbing. The sawyer stating what they see and what their plan is, the rest of the trail crew now knows what to expect. If the sawyer … Read More

Forest Service Chain Saw policy

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In the new chain saw policy Volunteers are permitted to become saw certifiers at the C bucking and Limbing level for both chain saw & cross cut. Starting on page 18 volunteers can view the qualification’s they will be required to demonstrate for each sawyer level. One of the first things a volunteer should do is contact there Regional Saw … Read More

Grants Committee offers grants

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Back Country Horsemen Grants Committee BCHA on-line Grant Request Form We have recently created a grant committee. The committee is a standing committee that will disseminate grants to states and chapters. Members of this committee include Karen Saner (WY) Chairman, Jacque Alexander (AR) Recorder, Joanne Mitchell (TN), Michael Murphy (CA) and David Beary (IA). Dates for 2019 Grants are as … Read More

Newsletter, Fall of 2017 Issue

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Click here to Open the Fall 2017 Newsletter Inside This Issue Public Lands Report 1-2 From the Chairman’s Saddle 3 I Ride for the brand 3 Membership recruitment 4 The Trails Forever Fund 5 Catch Pen 6-9,12

Hung-up Tree Awareness

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Here is an older presentation on how to assess a tree the is hang-up, leaning into another tree that may come down on the trail. It discusses complex situations you could be confronted with and what you should safely mitigate the most complex situations there is today when volunteering in your public forest keeping trails open. This helps you to … Read More

Saw Program Myths

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Take the quiz and test your Chain saw knowledge.

Hot weather chain saw starting

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Have you ever had this problem ? here are a few tips that might help

Fuel Geysering

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Fuel Geysering is the forceful expulsion of fuel in vapor and liquid form due to the rapid depressurization of the fuel tank. It is similar to a Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion spewing from lid after opening. Fule Geysering has caused burn injuries. To report a event please use this link

BCHA 2017 Packing Skills Scholarship Winner

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In mid-June every year Mack and Connie Long of Bob Marshall Wilderness Outfitters host a handful of eager students for what is known as the packing skills class. The class is a five day trip into the historic Bob Marshall Wilderness complex to teach new comers to packing the ropes- literally. This past year I was fortunate enough to earn … Read More

Our Public Lands Need Your Help

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BCHA needs your help: Calls to Congress Needed this Week! We have learned that Congress could begin negotiations this week regarding 2018 funding for a number of programs important to horsemen, including the Land and Water Conservation Fund and recreation and trail programs administered by the federal land management agencies. There is much at stake for horsemen and trail users. Congress … Read More

Newsletter, Summer of 2017 Issue

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Click here to Open the Summer 2017 Newsletter Inside This Issue Public Lands Report 2 From the Chairman’s Saddle 3 Highlights from the National Board Meeting 4-5 BCHA Legacy Award 6 Understanding Planned Giving 7 Student Packers 7

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