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.

You are invited to attend one of the following stakeholder workshops where you will have a chance to share your thoughts on the future of Colorado’s state parks system, wildlife populations, and opportunities for outdoor recreation, education and stewardship. Additional meetings may be added to this schedule so please check the Strategic Planning website for updates.

Stakeholder Workshops

Colorado Springs

February 24, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

CPW Office, 4255 Sinton Rd., Colorado Springs, CO


February 25, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Lake Pueblo State Park, 640 Pueblo Reservoir Rd., Pueblo, CO


February 26, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

CPW Office, 2500 S Main St., Lamar, CO


February 26, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Steam Plant Event Center, 220 W Sackett Ave., Salida, CO


March 2, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Bass Pro Shops, 7970 Northfield Blvd., Denver, CO


March 2, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

REI, 1416 Platte St., Denver, CO


March 18, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Durango Public Library, 1900 E 3rd Ave., Durango, CO

Grand Junction

March 23, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Mesa County Central Library, 530 Grand Ave., Grand Junction, CO

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.

4H Tack Sale

You’re Invited to the BCHA Annual Meeting: Beer, BBQ and Storytelling

This year we decided to do something entirely different


We have lined up for your entertainment pleasure BCHA’s very own storyteller,
Ms Nina Berezina!

Nina has been enchanting audiences for nearly two decades with her spellbinding storytelling. Accompanied by her Native American style flute playing, she transports people on wonderful, fanciful journeys of imagination. Her stories range from Native American legends to old European tales and beyond.  She even promises to weave horses in there somehow. 

So whether you are 3 or 103, Nina’s stories will awaken your inner cowgirl or cowboy.  It will be a great ride, don’t miss it!

Here are a few endorsements from others who have enjoyed Nina’s presentations:

“She’s exciting, lively, and fun.”

“Nina is so animated, her stories are brought to life with acting and pitch perfect accents. I was mesmerized.”

“Simply the best storyteller we have ever heard.”

Oh, and of course, we’ll have beer, BBQ and live music with the Wallpaper House Band to entice you further.

We’ll also update you on BCHA’s activities and accomplishments in 2014, outline what we’re planning for 2015, solicit your input, plead for volunteers, offer you the Ballot for the 2015 Board, and
Announce the BCHA Achievement Award !

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Pleasant View Grange
95th St. at Isabelle Road, Lafayette
Not yet a member?  Come anyway, you can join or renew at the meeting!

Note:  if you plan on attending, please RSVP to as soon as possible.  Thanks

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