Let’s Hear from the Horse Community!

What would you like in the North TSA?
OSMP and the Open Space Board of Trustees received great feedback about the North Trail Study Area at recent workshops. If you have thoughts to share about your desires for plan outcomes, please contribute to the  Inspire Boulder discussion on the city’s digital town hall. Comment is welcomed until July 12.

BCHA Horse Fair Rescheduled to November 15

Timing is everything.  And what we’ve gathered from our community is that the fall would be better timing for the BCHA Horse Fair.   So we are postponing the event from Spring to late Fall, when we horse-lovers can kick off the Holiday Season with pizzazz!  We’ll still be at the Longmont Fairgrounds — we’re just moving the event to Sunday, November 15.  And you can bet we’ll have great equine and equestrian arts & crafts, products & services, educational seminars, food, and music.  We look forward to seeing you there.  

Stay tuned for more information as the year progresses! If you have suggestions or would like to help organize this fun event, please contact Laura Edwards at ljedwards@earthlink.net or 303-775-2601, or Jill Talbot at 303-818-7254.

State Parks Wants Your Input

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is kicking off a public comment period to inform the development of the 2015 Strategic Plan. We want your help designing a strategic vision that will guide CPW’s efforts into the future. A public comment form is available now online (also in Spanish) and stakeholder workshops are being scheduled around the state. Your input is vitally important to this process.

We want to hear from you, especially between now and April 3, 2015 when the public comment period closes. Your input, combined with input from other stakeholders, the Commission, the public and staff, will inform the development of CPWs Draft 2015 Strategic Plan, which we will release in July 2015.

CPW’s strategic plan will set a vision for the future and define goals, priorities and strategies for managing Colorado’s state parks, wildlife and outdoor recreation resources. The strategic plan aims to improve CPW’s efficiency, responsiveness, and services by helping the agency focus on a strategic vision and capitalize on agency strengths and opportunities.

Forest Service Directed to Maintain Trails with Volunteers

FEBRUARY 11, 2015

Copyright 2015 American Horse Council

National Forest Trail Bill Introduced

On February 10, 2015, Congresswomen Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Tim Walz (D-MN) re-introduced the National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act of 2015 (H.R.845).  The bill would direct the Forest Service to take several actions to help address the current trail maintenance backlog that is adversely impacting all trail users on many national forests, including equestrians.  The bill was first introduced during the last Congress.  The American Horse Council, Backcountry Horsemen of America, and the Wilderness Society were significantly involved in the creation of this bill.

A June 2013, study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Forest Service has deferred trail maintenance needs that exceed half-billion dollars, and only one-quarter of the agency’s 158,000 miles of trails meets agency standards for maintenance. This maintenance backlog is causing access and safety issues for equestrians and all trail users on national forests.

The National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act would direct the Forest Service to develop a strategy to more effectively utilize volunteers and partners to assist in maintaining national forest trails.  It will also provide outfitters and guides the ability to perform trail maintenance activities in lieu of permit fees.  Additionally, the bill would address a liability issue that has discouraged some national forests from utilizing volunteers and partner organizations to help perform trail maintenance and would direct the Forest Service to identify and prioritize specific areas with the greatest need for trail maintenance in the national forest system.

In the current fiscal environment it is unlikely Congress will appropriate additional funds to directly address the trail maintenance backlog. This bill will help improve trail maintenance without the need for additional funding.

The bill is supported by the AHC and many other recreation organizations.

View Full Article on AHC Website

New BATCO Trail Map Available Now!

The 2015 BATCO Trail Map is hot off the press and available now in our Shop section.

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