National Parks Issues

BCHA and our partners are constantly working to maintain historic pack and saddle stock access in our National Parks for the enjoyment of all visitors.

BCHA blog post on negotiated “win-win” with Bryce Canyon Superintendent – 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 in the park, November 2014.

Bryce Canyon National Park Proposed Rule for Private Horse Use – Superintendent’s announcement of a decision to abandon its proposed rule in favor of developing cooperative working relations with Back Country Horsemen of Utah, October 2014.

BCHA Signs 5-Year Agreement with National Park Service – New agreement clears the way for BCH chapters to work with local park units on trail maintenance and other activities – October 2014.

Mammoth Cave BCH Signs Agreement with National Park Service – Agreement  allows BCH chapter to maintain horse trails in backcountry of Mammoth Cave National Park – October 2014.

Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks Wilderness Stewardship Plan – Joint comments from BCHA and BCH California High Sierra Unit regarding the parks’ draft plan and Environmental Impact Statement – August 2014.

Olympic National Park Wilderness Stewardship Plan – BCHA comments regarding Preliminary Draft Alternatives for the park’s Wilderness Stewardship Plan – May 2014.

BCH Trail Maintenance at Olympic National Park – Fact sheet summarizing in-kind contributions to trail maintenance in Olympic National Park Wilderness valued at over $50,000 in 2013 alone.

Bryce Canyon National Park Proposed Rule for Private Horse Use – BCHA comments regarding the Superintendent’s proposed rule change that all private stock parties be required to hire the services of a commercial wrangler – April 2014.

Yellowstone National Park Commercial Stock Outfitter Concession Contracts – BCHA comments submitted online regarding the park’s draft Environmental Assessment – January 2014.

Yosemite Merced Wild & Scenic River Plan – BCHA comments regarding the park’s Comprehensive Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement – April 2013.

PCTA Yosemite Merced Wild & Scenic River Plan – The Pacific Crest Trail Association’s comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement regarding the lack of known conflicts between hikers and horsemen in park Wilderness – April 2013.

Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness Stewardship Plan – BCHA and The Wilderness Society joined forces to make recommendations for this plan – July 2011.