The sound of spring peepers is in the air, a sure sign of warmer temperatures, blue skies and trail riding…..finally, eh?
The March work day for the River Springs Chapter is scheduled for SATURDAY, MARCH 21 at CAMP FIVE POND Trailhead in the Irish Wilderness. Directions below.
Jean Wrightfield and Gary Vail are the trail bosses for this event. We will meet at 10:00 a.m. Plan to bring your own lunch to eat on the trail.
Equipment needed will be hand pruners, loppers, hand saws, gloves and horses of course!!!
The designated parking area can only accommodate a few trailers and turning around can be difficult with larger trailers. Parking on the side of the road before heading down the hill is an option. Car pool with someone in your area if possible to minimize the number of rigs and trailers.
DIRECTIONS: Camp Five Pond trailhead, from Doniphan, MO, take Hwy 160 18 miles west to Hwy J. Go about 7 miles north on J to trailhead. or from Van Buren MO take Hwy 60 west to Hwy J then south 16 miles to trailhead. From Winona, take Hwy 60 east to Hwy J then south 16 miles to trailhead. There’s a picnic area with vault toilet.
If you would like more information about the work day, please contact Candace at 573-593-4435 or Paula at 573-323-8993
Last week, the National Forest “trails bill” we supported last year was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Tim Walz (D-MN). The bill, the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act (H.R. 845), continues to spur high-level dialogue and a search for solutions to the growing trail maintenance crisis on our national forests.
BCHA strongly supports H.R. 845.
You can click here to read the text of the bill as introduced.
The bill was introduced at the request of BCHA and our partners, The Wilderness Society and American Horse Council. It responds, in part, to a June 2013 report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that reviewed the status and causes of the Forest Service trail maintenance backlog.
If enacted as currently written, H.R. 845 would:
- Direct the U.S. Forest Service to develop a strategy to more effectively utilize volunteers and partners to assist in maintaining national forest trails;
- Provide outfitters and guides the ability to pay permit fees in trail maintenance activities instead of dollars;
- Address the liability issue that hampers volunteer and partner trail maintenance activity in some national forests; and
- Prioritize specific areas for trail maintenance within national forests.
Please call or write your congressional representative to express support for H.R. 845. As a result of widespread bipartisan interest, the bill could move quickly through the House of Representatives if no controversial provisions or requests for new appropriations are added. We also hope to see a companion bill introduced in the Senate soon.
Go to this website to find contact information for your member of Congress. In your own words, tell your representative why you support H.R. 845, the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act. Tell them of your passion for, and commitment to, keeping national forest trails open and enjoyed by horsemen and others. Lastly, please ask them to consider co-sponsoring H.R. 845.
If you are a resident of Wyoming or Minnesota, please include in your message a heartfelt “Thank You!” to Representatives Lummis and Walz, respectively, for introducing H.R. 845 on behalf of the Back Country Horsemen.
Feel free to share copies of your letters with BCHA’s Advisor for Public Lands & Recreation, including any response you receive from your member of Congress.
We are excited to have this bill reintroduced.
Our campaign has taken nearly three years to get to this point. Consequently, we believe BCHA is well-positioned–along with its partners–to continue to explore and promote lasting solutions to the trail maintenance crisis on our National Forests.
Thank you! And please call or send letters today to you congressional representative in support of H.R. 845.
Jim McGarvey, Chairman
Back Country Horsemen of America
INCENTIVE PROGRAM: Starting in January 2015 we are starting a new membership drive. A current member will receive a free membership for 2016 when they recruit 2 like memberships. Our new applications have a “Referring Member” line. Put your name on this line when you give the application to the new recruit.
1. Becki Kreuger from NEMO
Show-Me Missouri Back Country Horsemen
Membership Recruitment Incentive Program
The Membership Recruitment Incentive Program is for current members, in good standing, to recruit two (2) new memberships. Once the two (2) new memberships are received by the Membership Coordinator, credit will be issued to the recruiting member for one year of free membership in the Show-Me Missouri Back Country Horsemen organization.
The guidelines are as follows:
1. The recruiting member will have the potential members fill in the recruiting members name on the referral line of the membership application form.
2. The memberships must be of the following types:
(2) Individual, (2) Family or (2) Businesses or Organizations, or any combination of these.
3. The recruiting member will not receive any partial credit for only one membership. They must have two (2) before a free membership will be issued to the recruiting member.
4. This incentive has no cash value to be redeemed.
5. The incentive will start January 1, 2015 and expire December 31, 2015.
6. The recruiting member’s free membership will be for 2016 and is non-accruable.
7. Board members, Officers, and Chapter Leaders are excluded from participation.
We encourage everyone to participate in this program. This is a great opportunity to increase and strengthen our organization.