07. October 2017 · Comments Off on 2018 Calendars are now available · Categories: Around The Campfire, BCHI /BCHA


Calendar Info    –  Contact Charles & Lorraine Chick if you have any questions about the Calendars.

05. October 2017 · Comments Off on September 2017 SBBCH Directors Report · Categories: BCHI /BCHA

Respectfully submitted by Marybeth Conger, SBBCH State Director

Thank you so much, for giving me the opportunity to represent you at the September 16, 2017 State Board meeting. I am very glad to report that 14 of the 16 chapters were represented. I have not yet received the official BCHI meeting minutes, so this will be a brief, abbreviated report. Here are some of the meeting high lights:

BCHI received was given a 501 c 4 tax exempt status effective March 2017

Dale Schremp, has agreed to be BCHI’s Sawyer coordinator. He is the perfect candidate

BCHI is looking for a Broomtales editor, which is a member at large position. This fall will be Lorelei’s last edition. Expenses to attend the BOD meeting are reimbursed. Please let me know if you might be interested or have additional questions

The Boise Chapter proposals were discussed and the specific actions will be detailed in the minutes. BCHI to get a list of grant info and Idaho congressional delegation to make contacts easier

Discussed media and important to NOT over- represent info presented

Nominating committee was established. Chair, Vice Chair, National Director, and Alternate are open position to be voted upon. I agreed to run for the open national director position

We discussed calendar photo criteria and the pros and cons of providing email info to BCHA

The website coordinator received ok to make the changes she feels will make the website easier to use

Ways and means again reviewed the calendar sales. Our chapter continues to support this fundraiser

All chapters are to have the Y/E volunteer reports and the annual report to Rod Parks no later than Jan 15. He would like a short, simple report of activities with one photo from each chapter

IHC Grants and coloring book update- Easy one page form for grant request found on the IHC website The IHC coloring books are done too and no cost details as of this writing

There will be some By-Law changes with more info to come on this. The current format was discussed as it pertains to revision, some housekeeping, and then matching up new officers’ effective dates.

Public lands reports both north and south reviewed

Once I get the official minutes, I will send them out for placement on the blog and email out to all SBBCH members. Let me know if any questions. Here is IHC coloring book. What a great way to involve youth!

05. October 2017 · Comments Off on Back Country Horseman of Idaho Education report – October 2017 · Categories: Around The Campfire, BCHI /BCHA

Respectfully submitted by Marybeth Conger, BCHI Education chair October 5, 2017

Back Country Horseman of Idaho (BCHI) Leave No Trace (LNT) Master Educator Training Expectations. Let’s re-energize LNT at the chapter level.

BCHI LNT Master Educators should successfully complete a minimum of 2 trainings and 1 public awareness workshops, for a minimum duration of five years.  BCHI does encourage LNT Master Educators to train beyond this timeframe, to include completion of LNT/Education refreshers courses as appropriate.

Examples of these annual trainings would be the LNT Train the Trainer session, and/or LNT awareness workshops. The public outreach will create and foster collaborative Leave No Trace Education trainings with agencies and organization.

Should the BCHI Master Educator conduct trainings beyond that of their chapter, The BCHI foundation should reimburse the BCHI Master Educator the prevailing BCHI mileage rate. The BCHI Master Educator will provide appropriate reimbursement documentation as required by BCHI foundation.

BCHI will continue to support statewide education efforts.

GRANTS to pay for education Items

Marybeth to develop by October month end an education template to request grants monies to cover master education tuition cost plus a jacket.

BCHI Educators List

Working to update the current list of BCHI LNT Master Educators and Trainers. So far 3 of 16 chapters have provided information. Marybeth plans to attend the Master Educator Clinic in 2018.

BCHI Education/Expansion Video

Completed and on the website. Chapters can use this at public outreach events. Who can tell me where it is on the website?  Watch Video

* A big thanks to Robbin, who continues to support BCHI education efforts even though he has moved.

BCHI website updated with relevant Education materials

Plan to start with the LNT section after completing the Master Education course in 2018. Every BCHI chapter should start to submit electronic education materials to the BCHI Education chair for inclusion.  Mb is meeting with the website coordinator this month to recommend changes. Need to make Education information on the website easier to find.

BCHI now has a co- chair- “A big thanks to Karen Kimball” and watch for more details about Idaho’s first ever Leadership Training

In 2018, I will coordinate BCHI Leadership training with Karen to have something for members at the BCHI convention. Having Karen as an Education co-chair will help to move BCHI education and this project forward.  A training template was recently created and emailed to Karen. Idea to have rotating three training modules on Sunday, so folks could attend and then head home from.  Reached out to Rob to iron out logistics. More details to come.

BCHI EC and CEC Job descriptions

 

Completed in 2016 and now are available to all BCHI members. All chapters received these attachments, and EC job description is on the website.  MB will email the CEC job description to our amazing website coordinator by month end.

 

BCHI now has a Sawyer Training coordinator

 

Dale Schremp, will now be handling this for the state, after he gets back from hunting!  His number is 208-448-1255 and you can email him at anchorranch@sandpoint.net.

05. October 2017 · Comments Off on BCHA President’s call notes – September 2017 · Categories: BCHI /BCHA, Current Events


BCHA President’s call notes
respectfully submitted by Marybeth Conger, BCHI Alt National Director

On 9/ 27/ 17 I participated in BCHA Presidents ‘phone conference covering a variety of BCHA topics and activities. It is just amazing to me, to see and hear about all the outstanding work BCHA continues to do for us. Idaho was very well represented on this conference, as Amy attended too. Anyways, here are some of highlights that stood out:

Chairman Report, Freddy Dunn- BCHI should continue to pay for their national directors to attend the national board meeting. Regarding funding, consider adding a line to your membership application to make additional donation.
Treasurer’s report- As of August, current income is ahead of expenses. BCHA may have a slight expense overage by the end of year. BCHA is working to developing simpler reports for use during the fiscal year.

It is the recommendation of the BCHA Legacy Committee, that BCHA to consider opening of a stock brokerage account for BCHA to receive stock and bond donations. The Executive committee is researching to see if this action would impact current BCHA by-laws and/ or governance rules.

Public Land Report- (Note- I am only reporting on what was presented at the NATIONAL level. BCHI’s amazing Public land reps will continue to report and make recommendations about land issues in their areas.)

• Congressional champion identified who is willing to promote increase in Forest Service trails funding (CMTL) in Fiscal Year 2018. Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley sits on the appropriations committee, so we have an advocate in the relevant subcommittee.

• CMTL currently slated to get $77 million in the House bill (a $2 million cut from 2017 level). The Land and Water Conservation Fund is up for reauthorization by Congress. LWCF has benefited Trail access. It has been used for purchasing conservation easements, purchasing land outright and we would like calls made re supporting its reauthorization and full funding. Bipartisan-supported bills now that would do this are HR 502 and S 569. Alabama, Montana, Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee will lose out on trail related projects next year if LWCF funding cut as proposed by House (only $275 million, when last year it was$400 million.

Bikes in Wilderness Bill (HR 1349), the good news is there’s been no further action on the bill. BCHA is working with the American Horse Council, who is meeting with the house natural resources committee staff. The committee has other priorities that they want to get passed. BCHA will continue to track the bill.

Back Country Horsemen of America has added to its value to members by offering excess
Equestrian liability insurance through Equisure . The liability policy is available to BCHA
individual and family members in good standing and covers excess personal liability up to $1
million. Cost for the policy is $20 for individual and $40 for family BCHA members.
To purchase a policy or to learn more visit: https://bcha.site-ym.com/store/ListProducts.aspx?catid=584459.

Should anyone wish to review the actual minutes, I will be happy to make those available. Please take a minute to check out the BCHA website that contains a wealth of information. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to attend this meeting as BCHI’s Alternate Director. See you on the trail!

30. September 2017 · Comments Off on BCHI Foundation Report – September 2017 · Categories: BCHI /BCHA

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03. April 2017 · Comments Off on BCHI March Education news · Categories: BCHI /BCHA, Current Events

READ MORE  2017 BCHI LNT

Good afternoon to all you amazing chapter BCHI Education chairs and other interested parties.
The following attachment covers Leave No Trace information. Please try to cover at an upcoming meeting.
Also here is information on the next Master Educator class and costs.
2018 may be a better time for me to attend. Hope to see you on the trail!

Marybeth Conger
BCHI Education Chair

25. March 2017 · Comments Off on BCHA: Take Action – Chiefs Strategy & Selection of Priority Areas · Categories: BCHI /BCHA

Dear BCHI Member,
Please funnel your input thru your Lands Liaisons and/or State Directors to Rod Parks at public-lands-north@bchi.org  and Phil Ryan at public-lands-south@bchi.org, as they are already in the middle of this issue.

Thank,
Bill Conger
Chairman

 

 

Take Action

BCHA encourages you to immediately reach out to your U.S. Forest Service regional trail coordinators. A contact list is provided below. The agency needs your help to identify priority areas for increased trail maintenance accomplishments.

Background

As a result of BCHA’s efforts to shape and promote the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act, signed into law in November 2016, the U.S. Forest Service is required to identify 9 to 15 “priority areas for increased trail maintenance accomplishments” (Section 5, Public Law 114-245). The Act specifies there must be at least one priority area in each of the nine U.S. Forest Service regions.

A copy of Act can be found on BCHA’s website. The Forest Service national office recently issued instructions to its nine regional offices to provide initial guidance for implementation of the Act. In it, they direct regional offices to work with the public to identify and rank recommended priority areas, which are to be submitted by Forest Service regional offices to the national office by April 15th, 2017.

Thus, time is of the essence.

Reach out to USFS Regional Trail Coordinators
If you have not done so already, we encourage BCH chapters to work with their Forest Service regional trail coordinators within the next few weeks to share input on the selection of priority areas. Contact information for each regional trail coordinator can be found at the end of this alert.
National Board Members:

Please be prepared to bring to next month’s National Board Meeting an update on conversations your state is having with Forest Service regional trail coordinators.

Chief’s National Strategy for a Sustainable Trail System
The Forest Service is excited about the timing of the passage of the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act and the agency’s completion this month of the Chief’s National Strategy for a Sustainable Trail System

The strategy outlines a series of strategic actions to move the agency toward attaining a more sustainable trail system, including:

  • Evaluation and potential reorganization of the agency’s Trail Program to increase field capacity;
  • Creation of a national process for the identification of a sustainable trail system; and
  • Inviting the creation of a national Trails Endowment, to direct funding to on-the-ground projects to be funded primarily via corporate/philanthropic donation.

The Forest Service Continues to be a Great Partner
BCHA shares the Forest Service’s enthusiasm over the fact that trails, and trail maintenance, recently have become a higher priority within the agency. We greatly appreciate that the Chief and leaders of the agency’s trails program, like Joe Meade, have been welcoming partners throughout the Trails Act process. By developing the Chief’s strategy, they also have taken decisive action to tackle the challenges identified in a 2013 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (titled “Forest Service Trails: Long- and Short-Term Improvements Could Reduce Maintenance Backlog and Enhance System Sustainability.” GAO-13-618). We salute these go-getters.

Conclusion
Now it’s time to gather additional partners, roll up our sleeves and get some more trail maintenance done. BCHA’s volunteers cannot be expected to reverse the trail maintenance backlog by ourselves, but with the breadth of partners and goodwill we have accumulated over the years, there is no better time to ensure our legacy of “keeping trails open for everyone.”

Donald Saner

Chairman

Regional Points of Contact regarding the Identification of Trail Maintenance Priority Areas:

Region Contact Email Phone
1 – Northern Region Kent Wellner kwellner@fs.fed.us 406-329-3150
2 – Rocky Mountain Region Scott Haas sehaas@fs.fed.us 303-275-5164
3 – Southwestern Region Dennis Garcia dggarcia@fs.fed.us 505-842-3443
4 – Intermountain Region Chris Hartman chartman01@fs.fed.us 801-625-5164
5 – Pacific Southwest Region Garrett Villanueva gvillanueva@fs.fed.us 530-543-2762
6 – Pacific Northwest Region Dennis Benson denniscbenson@fs.fed.us 541-604-4570
8 – Southern Region Debbie Caffin dcaffin@fs.fed.us 404-347-4033
9 – Eastern Region Leon LaVigne llavigne@fs.fed.us 414-297-1313
10 –Alaska Region Sharon Seim sharongseim@fs.fed.us 907-388-8804

Don’t know which region your state falls into? Click here for a map of Forest Service regions.

22. March 2017 · Comments Off on 2016 BCHI Hours & Miles Summary · Categories: BCHI /BCHA, Current Events

21. March 2017 · Comments Off on Resolution that BCH of New Mexico is bringing forward at the BCHA National Directors’ Annual Meeting, April 20-22 · Categories: BCHI /BCHA, Current Events


Members of Back Country Horsemen of Idaho

Attached is a Resolution that BCH of New Mexico is bringing forward at the BCHA National Directors’ Annual Meeting, April 20-22.

Please discuss with your membership and have your chapter’s directors or president send your comments and/or questions to both of our National Directors and to the Chairman at:

Bill Conger
chairman@bchi.org

Amy Lyman
national-director-1@bchi.org

Sam Duncan
national-director-2@bchi.org

Regards,


Debbie Samovar
BCHI Secretary
secretarybchi@gmail.com
208-245-3041

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13. March 2017 · Comments Off on BLM – Recreation Planners · Categories: Around The Campfire, BCHI /BCHA

BLM Seeks Public Input on Travel Plan Analyses around Birds of Prey NCA

The Bureau of Land Management is preparing an environmental assessment for a travel management plan that will encompass public lands within and around Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area.

12. March 2017 · Comments Off on Idaho Wildlife Federation · Categories: BCHI /BCHA, Current Events

The Idaho Wildlife Federation is Idaho’s oldest statewide conservation organization. Founded by sportsmen and women in 1936, we’re a leader in creating solutions to solve complex natural resource issues to protect our fish and wildlife, their habitats, and our hunting and fishing traditions.

http://www.idahowildlife.org/Our efforts advance “made in Idaho” solutions that sustain wildlife and sporting opportunities that thrive while maintaining local economies and working agricultural landscapes through sound policy work, landscape planning, and education.

Our Mission

The Idaho Wildlife Federation is dedicated to promoting the conservation and protection of our natural resources, wildlife, and wildlife habitat for future and current generations.

Who We Are

Founded in 1936, the Idaho Wildlife Federation is Idaho’s oldest statewide conservation organization. For the last 80 years, Idaho citizens with farsighted commitment to conservation have united to ensure wildlife’s future. We are sportsmen and women, business people, farmers and ranchers, children, parents and grandparents, teachers, laborers, students — in short, all of us who care about wildlife and care about our futures. The Idaho Wildlife Federation proves that conservation is all of us working together. By committing to work together for wildlife in spite of our differences, IWF will continue to lead the offensive for Idaho’s wildlife as a united voice, as it has for the last 80 years.

What We Do

The Idaho Wildlife Federation is the sportsman advocate and voice in the state legislature. We are present at the statehouse every day during the annual legislative session to advance proactive sportsman legislation and defeat bills that would roll back fish and wildlife protections, privatize wildlife, and turn over our shared public lands to the states for private sale.

We defend our public lands and our right to access them. We know that our system of public lands offers unspoiled, unfragmented, connected landscapes that provide a richness of fish and wildlife with unparalleled hunting and fishing afforded nowhere else in the United States.

We also represent sportsmen interests and sound wildlife management within landscape planning processes that involve state and federal agencies as well as private land. We do this by engaging communities and involving local constituents to create local solutions. By coordinating these efforts and the efforts of other organizations interested in the conservation of natural resources of the state of Idaho, IWF fosters and promotes a general and continued movement for the conservation, restoration, protection, and scientific supervision of all game, fish, fowl, and other wildlife in its habitat in the state.

Brian Brooks, Executive Director

(Speaker at the 2017 BCHI Convention)

Brian grew up in Idaho hunting and fishing in every corner of the state. He has had a fly rod or spinning rod in his hands since he was four years old and began hunting birds at 12. Big game soon followed. Idaho’s extensive system of public lands kept Brian in pursuit of fish and game further and further into the backcountry. Combining the exploration of Idaho’s seemingly limitless wild places with the primal participation in the cycle of life and death, Brian developed a respect and reverence for land and wildlife and the active role sportsmen and women play in their management.

The realization that our accessible public lands, clean waters, and robust fish and wildlife populations didn’t happen on accident motivated Brian to pursue an education that would give him the tools to work to preserve and enhance the opportunities he grew up with for others, forever. He received a B.S. in Conservation Social Science, a Masters of Natural Resources, and a Certificate in Restoration Ecology from the University of Idaho. Brian’s professional experience includes leading habitat restoration and trail crews, forestry, salmon and steelhead restoration planning, wildlife rehab/sanctuary manager, outdoor writer, and natural resource policy.

Besides fishing and hunting, Brian enjoys mountain and road biking, skiing and snowboarding, backpacking, and morel hunting.

IWF Is The Sportsman Voice in The State Legislature

We are at the state house every time sportsmen interests are under attack. We facilitate strategic legislative planning for sportsmen groups, professionally represent their interests in the legislature, promptly disseminate action alerts to our groups and supporters, and maintain close contact with the press. With a wealth of knowledge of natural resource policy, we operate by anticipating bad bills to efficiently defeat them, authoring proactive wildlife and sportsmen legislation, testifying in committee, and utilizing our state of the art communication and outreach system.

Sign up here for news, legislative updates, and action alerts for the legislative session.

Click this link to find your local legislators https://legislature.idaho.gov/about/12districtmap.pdf

Idaho Wildlife Federation
P.O. Box 6426
Boise, ID 83707
Phone: 208.342.7055
Email: info@idahowildlife.org

11. March 2017 · Comments Off on BCHA History Video · Categories: Around The Campfire, BCHI /BCHA


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23. February 2017 · Comments Off on BCHI Positions need to be filled at March Convention · Categories: BCHI /BCHA

Dear Directors and Chapter members,
There are currently 3 positions that need to be filled at the March 10th SBD,s meeting.

Rod Parks is stepping down as Website Coordinator. This position can be filled from the general membership and a job description is attached.  BCHI Website Coordinator Duties

Also need to elect a National Director for a 2 yr term and an Alternate National Director for a 1 yr term. These positions are elected in March with their terms ending after the April BCHA Annual meeting.
Attached is the job description as provided by BCHA. The annual meetings require a 7 day commitment, 5 days of meetings and 2 days of travel. Registration fees, travel, lodging and meals are reimbursed according to the attached policy.

NBD Job Description             16.03.11 National Directors’ Reimbursement

If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact Karen Kimball at 208-772-2434 or jkkimball01@gmail.com.

10. November 2016 · Comments Off on BCHI Calendars VS Dues Increase · Categories: BCHI /BCHA, Current Events

Back Country Horsemen of Idaho Member

At the September BCHI Directors Meeting some chapters expressed an interest in increasing BCHI dues to cover expenses rather than selling raffle calendars.

At my request, Kay Ryan and Rod Parks went through the finances. Attached is a letter of their findings.

Maybe one of the chapters that is against the calendar sales will have a proposal for the 2017 Convention. If we do not do a calendar after 2018, we will need to pass the dues increase in 2017, payable in 2019 or we will have to spend about $12,000 out of reserves until a dues increase is approved or another form of funding is put in force.

This letter will be in the February issue of Broomtales and on the Agenda of the March Convention.

Please look this over and discuss with you chapter.

Thank you,
Bob Savage
Chairman,
bchibsavage@gmail.com
208-448-2457

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07. October 2016 · Comments Off on BCHI – State board meeting September 2016 · Categories: BCHI /BCHA, Current Events

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Squaw Butte State Board Member & BCHI Education chair

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20. December 2015 · Comments Off on Mark Your Calendars – 2016 BCHI Convention! · Categories: BCHI /BCHA

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07. May 2015 · Comments Off on BCHI 2015 Convention · Categories: BCHI /BCHA

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03. March 2015 · Comments Off on BCHI State Convention Photo Contest · Categories: BCHI /BCHA, Current Events

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A Non-Profit Service Organization

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21. June 2014 · Comments Off on BCHA Education Foundation · Categories: Around The Campfire, BCHI /BCHA, Current Events

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08. February 2012 · Comments Off on BCHI State Convention · Categories: BCHI /BCHA

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You only have 2 weeks (February 21st, 2012) left to reserve your room at the Convention Special Rate of $79.00 + tax.

After that, room rates are $119.99 – 149.99 +tax.

You can make go ahead and make your reservations now and if you need to cancel, do so 24hrs before your arrival date and there will be no charge.

Reserve your room NOW!    (800) 251-7829

Convention details – Everything you want to know

Click here for registration form

Deborah Samovar

BCHI Convention Committee

9176 E Soaring Hawk Lane

St Maries, ID 83861 

208-245-3041

dsamovar@gmail.com

www.BCHI.org