31. October 2017 · Comments Off on Final Riding Event of 2017 – Johnson Creek, Montour, ID · Categories: Current Events, Fun Rides

Ten members and guest arrived at 10:00 Sunday morning, October 29, 2017 for the final horse event of the season. The fall weather was picture perfect, blue sky’s and almost no breeze. The group met at the Johnson Creek parking area and quickly got their stock ready to ride. Terry MacDonald lead out and the group followed the dirt road along the creek through the hills until it intersected with the road that passes through the Emmett Horse Park (Little Ranch).

They were back at the trailers by 12:30 and moved their rigs over to Rob & Linda Adams hobby ranch in Sweet.

Twenty two members and guest spent a very pleasant afternoon enjoying the great food and  each other company. Great stories were told, jokes exchanged and plans made for 2018 events.  As you can see all who attended had a great time and hopefully other members and guest will be able to join the fun during the 2018 season!

25. October 2017 · Comments Off on You may have to pay $$ to visit to national parks · Categories: Current Events

(CNN) — The National Park Service proposes more than doubling the entrance fees at 17 popular national parks, including Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone, to help pay for infrastructure improvements.
Under the agency’s proposal, the entrance fee for a private vehicle would jump to $70 during peak season, from its current rate of $25 to $30.
The cost for a motorcycle entering the park could increase to $50, from the current fee of $15 to $25. The cost for people entering the park on foot or on bike could go to $30, up from the current rate of $10 to $15.
The cost of the annual pass, which permits entrance into all federal lands and parks, would remain at $80.

The proposal would affect the following 17 national parks during the 2018 peak season:
  • Arches
  • Bryce Canyon
  • Canyonlands
  • Denali
  • Glacier
  • Grand Canyon
  • Grand Teton
  • Olympic
  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon
  • Yellowstone
  • Yosemite
  • Zion
  • Acadia
  • Mount Rainier
  • Rocky Mountain
  • Shenandoah
  • Joshua Tree
Peak pricing would affect each park’s busiest five months for visitors.
The National Park Service said the increase would help pay for badly needed improvements, including to roads, bridges, campgrounds, waterlines, bathrooms and other visitor services at the parks. The fee hikes could also boost national park revenue by $70 million per year, it said.
“The infrastructure of our national parks is aging and in need of renovation and restoration,” Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said in a statement.
Of the 417 national park sites, 118 charge an entrance fee.
The National Park service has opened the proposal to public comments for 30 days at its website.
The proposal was blasted by the National Parks Conservation Association, a nonpartisan advocacy group.
“We should not increase fees to such a degree as to make these places — protected for all Americans to experience — unaffordable for some families to visit,” the group’s president and CEO Theresa Pierno said in a statement. “The solution to our parks’ repair needs cannot and should not be largely shouldered by its visitors.”
The administration just proposed a major cut to the National Park Service budget even as parks struggle with billions of dollars in needed repairs,” Pierno said. “If the administration wants to support national parks, it needs to walk the walk and work with Congress to address the maintenance backlog.”
On the National Park Service’s Facebook page, some commented that the proposal was reasonable since it was going to improve and maintain the parks. Others lamented that it would price working class people out of making trips that they had saved up for.
Entrance fees at several national parks, including Mount Rainer, Grand Teton and Yellowstone, went up in 2015 to their current price.
Those fee increases didn’t seem to deter visitors. In 2016, National Park Services received a record-breaking 331 million visits, which marked a 7.7% increase over 2015. It was the park service’s third consecutive all-time attendance record.
Most popular National Parks in 2016 (59 total)
Great Smoky Mountains National Park — 11,312,786 million visitors
Grand Canyon National Park — 5,969,811
Yosemite National Park — 5,028,868
Rocky Mountain National Park — 4,517,585
Zion National Park — 4,295,127
Yellowstone National Park — 4,257,177
Olympic National Park — 3,390,221
Acadia National Park — 3,303,393
Grand Teton National Park — 3,270,076
Glacier National Park — 2,946,681
22. October 2017 · Comments Off on Fall Highway 52 Cleanup · Categories: Current Events

On a rainy October Saturday morning chapter members William Holt,Lisa Krogh, Phil & Kay Ryan, David Benson, Shannon Schantz, Nancy Smith and Rob Adams met at Wild Rose park near the Black Canyon dam to pick up trash along a 3 1/2 mile section of highway 52.

A total of eight bags of trash was collected, along with parts of old tires, road construction stakes and an old muffler.

This year the water bottles out numbered the Keystone Lite cans. Nancy found a woman’s wallet with ID and credit cards which was turned into the Gem County Sheriff department.

This bi-annual trash pick-up is one of the many public outreach events the chapter holds each year. Consider joining us next year, it is both fun and worthwhile.

20. October 2017 · Comments Off on Idaho State Brand Inspector · Categories: Around The Campfire

To schedule an inspection Call 208-459-4231

Commonly Asked Questions

When is a brand inspection required?

  • When ownership changes in any manner.
  • When leaving the state of Idaho.
  • Going to slaughter
  • For the purpose of leaving the state or going to slaughter, a brand inspection is good for 96 hours.NOTE: All livestock must be brand inspected whether the animal is actually branded or not. A brand inspection establishes “Prima Facie” evidence of ownership.  Brand Inspections are not required on sheep.

Is a bill of sale a legal document for a livestock transaction?

  • Yes, if the bill of sale is valid and current.NOTE: A brand inspection must be done within 10 days after the date of the sale. A bill of sale does not replace a brand inspection.

A valid bill of sale must include:

  • Date of the sale.
  • Complete description of livestock sold.
  • Name of the purchaser.
  • Signature of the seller.

What is an annual brand inspection?

  • Annual (also known as a “seasonal”) brand inspection is good for up to 12 months. This brand certificate is designed to allow the livestock owner to travel in and out of the state of Idaho to our neighboring states annually. We have reciprocal agreements with most all of our neighboring states, except the states of Montana and Wyoming.
  • Cost: $8.26NOTE: A seasonal or annual brand inspection may not be used for slaughter, sale or trade.

What is an ownership and transportation certificate, also known as a lifetime certificate?

  • The “Lifetime” certificate may only be issued on horses, mules and asses. It has no restrictions, and may be used to travel nationwide (including Montana). It may also be used for slaughter, sale or trade.
  • Ownership and transportation certificates, also known as lifetime certificates for any horse, mule or ass shall be valid so long as the animal remains within the ownership of the person to whom the certificate was issued.
  • The ownership and transportation or “lifetime” certificate is not transferable.
  • Cost: $38.00

What information is required to obtain a brand inspection?
Proof of ownership. Ownership can be determined in several ways:

  • Your recorded brand on the animal/brand card.
  • Valid and current bill of sale.
  • Idaho brand inspection or another state’s brand inspection.
  • Purebred registration papers or possibly health papers.
  • Lip Tattoos or other permanent markings not acceptable for brand recording, but acceptable for proof of ownership purposes.

How do I get a brand inspection?

  • Call your district brand inspector. If you do not know who the local inspector is, call the State Brand Inspector’s Office in Meridian. In state toll free: 1-800-772-8442 or local number 884-7070.
  • So we can provide the best service to you, please allow us as much notice as possible as to when you need the brand inspection. However, we do require a minimum 24 hour notice.NOTE: Make sure you have satisfactory proof of ownership. If you are going to use a bill of sale, make sure it is valid and current. If you are unclear whether or not you have satisfactory proof of ownership to obtain the brand inspection, ask the brand inspector when you are arranging an appointment and he or she will be more than happy to advise you.

What information is required to travel within the State of Idaho?

  • Proof of ownership. (Basically, the very same information required to obtain a brand inspection).NOTE: If you are in possession of livestock other than your own when traveling within the state, you must have a written permit filled out by the owner giving a description of the livestock and his or her signature.

    Written Permits can be obtained at no charge from the State Brand Inspector’s office in Meridian.

What other laws affect the interstate and out of state transportation of livestock?

18. October 2017 · Comments Off on Compression Riding Socks · Categories: Around The Campfire

One serious ride in Compression Socks and you’ll never look back. These socks provide light compression to the lower leg to prevent swelling.  Helps with aching, swollen Legs, restless leg syndrome, leg cramps and circulation issues.  Designed for motorcycle riders, but should work as well riding horses.

Moto-Skiveez Compression Riding Socks

The Moto-Skiveez Compression Riding Socks offer light compression along the length of the lower leg to combat lower limb edema (swelling) that is commonly associated with long distance motorcycle riding. You’ll feel fresher at the end of your riding day when you wear compression socks. Compression socks Video /  Review  Video

Incorporated into the construction is 40% aloe fiber. Aloe fiber has anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties that will help with odor. In addition, aloe fiber is soft and is designed to reduce chafing and blistering. Using sophisticated micro-encapsulation technology, tiny amounts of Aloe Vera are locked into airtight, waterproof micro-capsules. Bonded into the sock’s fabric, the Aloe is released instantly when the fabric is touched or rubs against the leg. Even after repeated wear and washing, the smoothing benefits remain.


  • SM: fits sizes 6-9 and is approximately 16″ high
  • LG: fits sizes 9-12 and is approximately 18″ high
  • XL: fits sizes 12-15 and is approximately 18″ high

Works as advertised!

I purchased these socks not only for motorcycle riding but also for prolonged air travel required by my company. I do worry about DVT (Edema) as I’ve had friends that came close to biting the bullet due to blood clots.

They work folks, what ever they are made off there is absolutely no bad odor after wearing them for almost 33 hours straight (Miami to New Zealand). In my case at 6′, they roll up to just below my knees. It takes a bit to put them but its not the end of the world.

One peace of advise is to keep them away from Velcro. I wear Sidi Adventure Goretex boots and the flap has what I call the male side of Velcro and it loves to tear up socks.

One wish is that they come in packs of threes or such with a bit of a break since they are great for more than just riding around on the GS’

18. October 2017 · Comments Off on STIHL Chainsaw Buyer’s Guide · Categories: Around The Campfire

Finding the right saw for your needs doesn’t have to be a guessing game. This guide for buying a chainsaw is designed to help you better understand which STIHL chainsaws have the power and features you need for your task.

If you have specific questions about a chainsaw, such as which size guide bar to buy or how to find a direct comparison of performance between two or more models of chainsaws, visit your local STIHL Dealer for more information. They can help you with specific questions, as well as provide live demonstrations, in order to help you choose the right chainsaw.

Homeowner Saws

Homeowner Saws

STIHL chainsaws for the home combine reliable performance with great value. Like all STIHL chainsaws, they feature German engineering and advanced technology. The STIHL Quickstop® chain brake system is designed to stop the chain in a fraction of a second and can be activated by inertia in the event of kickback. STIHL chainsaws have many more features, including anti-vibration technology for enhanced comfort.

Farm / Ranch Saws

Farm / Ranch Saws

When you need a chainsaw that works for a living, choose STIHL Farm & Ranch saws. STIHL offers a variety of high-performance chainsaws that are engineered for service, day in and day out. The chainsaws in this category are ideal for a variety of uses, such as firewood cutting and storm cleanup. One thing you can be sure of – they have what it takes to get the job done.

Professional Saws

Professional Saws

When it comes to logging, farming, land clearing, tree service and big firewood cutting jobs, professionals trust STIHL. Our pro chainsaws have the reliability, power and features needed for the toughest jobs in the industry.

Battery Chainsaws

Battery Chainsaws

Part of the STIHL Lightning Battery System™, our battery-powered chainsaws bring the power you expect from STIHL, but in a portable, instant-starting package. Available in the AK and AP Series.

Electric Chainsaws

Electric Chainsaws

Plug into power and efficiency with STIHL electric chainsaws. They’re lightweight, start instantly and have an infinite run time. If you’ve got an outlet, you’ve got STIHL power.

Chainsaw Features

When you see STIHL chainsaws with letters in the model number, they indicate specific performance features. Here is a quick guide to those features so you can identify the features that better complement your needs.

E = Easy2Start™

The innovative STIHL Easy2Start™ (E) makes starting STIHL power tools easy and straight forward, without requiring a lot of effort. The secret is an additional spring between the crankshaft and the starter rope rotor. 

B = Quick Chain Adjuster (QCA)

The Quick Chain Adjuster (B) allows the user to adjust the tension of the chain without the use of tools. This allows for easy chain adjustment. 

Q = STIHL Quickstop® Plus

STIHL Quickstop® Plus braking feature (Q) is designed to engage when the operator’s right hand completely releases the rear handle, stopping the chain within one second. It works in any operating position – without requiring additional levers or handles. 

R = Wrap Handle

Saw can be used in multiple positions for felling or limbing with hands in the proper positions.

17. October 2017 · Comments Off on Four Mile Herd Management Area – North of Emmett · Categories: Around The Campfire

BLM Idaho manages six wild horse herd management areas on approximately 418 thousand acres. The combined appropriate management level for all HMAs in the state is 617 animals.The Four Mile wild horses are known to be of excellent size with good conformation and color. This is the result of the influence of released Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse studs to the herds periodically up to 1978. It is also suspected that horses bred for Cavalry Re-Mounts may have also influenced the herd. In addition to the typical colors of bay, brown, and black, the wild horses include many chestnuts, pintos, paints, roans, grays, duns, grullos, and a few Appaloosas. Population 111.

Location: About 15 miles north of Emmett, Idaho

Size: 25,806 acres

Topography/Vegetation: Rolling hills and sagebrush steppe

Wildlife: Wildlife living in the area include pronghorn, mule deer, and upland bird species.

On October 15,2017 eight members of Squaw Butte spent an almost perfect fall day exploring a small section of this HMA. Parking at 4 mile creek, we rode an eight mile loop in the south west section of the HMA. We saw a band of mustangs, but they were on a hill side a couple of miles away on the other side of a canyon which would have taken a couple of hours to cross.  Everyone indicated that they had enjoyed the day and were excited to see the horse, even if it was at a distance.

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15. October 2017 · Comments Off on Utah Residents Resolve to Protect their Public Lands · Categories: Around The Campfire, Current Events



12. October 2017 · Comments Off on Sawyer – Hung up tree awareness · Categories: Education

Things to consider when making the choice to tackle or walk away from a tree that is hung up
Hung-up-Tree-Awareness 01/24/2007

11. October 2017 · Comments Off on New Sign Up Video · Categories: Around The Campfire, Education

Video Link

10. October 2017 · Comments Off on House committee to consider Antiquities Act overhaul · Categories: Current Events


A House committee on Wednesday will mark up a bill to overhaul the Antiquities Act, a law that gives the president power to establish national monuments for preservation.

The bill, introduced Friday by House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) would put new rules on large national monument designations made by presidents. Antiquities Act reform is a key priority for some conservatives, interest groups and Westerners.

The bill would maintain the president’s power to declare national monuments, but any monument larger than 640 acres would be required to go through a federal environmental review process.

The legislation applies increasingly strict rules to potential monuments the larger they get, ultimately requiring county and state governments to sign off on the monument designation before it takes effect.

It also codifies the president’s ability to reduce the size of a monument. The Natural Resources Committee will mark up the bill on Wednesday.

Bishop, a frequent critic of presidential monument designations under the Antiquities Act, said his bill would fix a law that has a “worthy goal” that “has been manipulated for ulterior political purposes.”

“Today the act is too often used as an excuse for presidents to unilaterally lock up vast tracts of public land without any mechanism for people to provide input or voice concerns. This is wrong,” he said in a statement.

He said his bill “modernizes the law to restore its intent, allowing for the protection of actual antiquities without disenfranchisement of local voices and perspectives. It standardizes and limits the president’s power to reshape monuments.”

The legislation comes as the Interior Department recommends President Trump shrink a handful of large monument designations made since the 1990s.

That proposal is highly controversial among conservationists who have opposed efforts to shrink monuments and will likely sue to test the legality of such decisions.

Energy industry groups, ranchers and other interests have encouraged the review and Antiquities Act reform on the grounds that monument designations set large tracts of land, especially in the West, for conservation rather than use.

The Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday will also consider ranking Democrat Raúl Grijalva’s (Ariz.) resolution requiring Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke share with Congress more information related to his national monuments review.

“The Trump administration, urged on by well-funded ideologues and fossil fuel interests, is engaged in an unprecedented effort to destroy our country’s system of public lands,” Grijalva wrote in an op-ed in The Hill last week. “This effort is not about our shared national interest, and if left unchecked it will eventually reach your backyard.”

Congress Aims Killing Blow at Public Lands

Rep. Rob Bishop is moving legislation that would radically cut down the scope of the Antiquities Act, effectively blocking new protections of national monument lands.

Bishop’s bill—in an Orwellian flourish, titled the “National Monument Creation and Protection Act”—would bar the Antiquities Act from being used to protect landmarks, prehistoric structures and objects of “scientific interest,” switching the law’s scope to the vague term “object or objects of antiquity.”

Court rulings and more than a century of presidential practice have established that the Antiquities Act is broad and can protect large natural landscapes. Reducing its scope to the narrow yet vague and infinitely litigable terms Bishop proposes would fulfill a longstanding goal of the anti-public lands fringe and severely undermine the law.

Among other things, Bishop is infamous for remarking about Native American rock art at Nevada’s Basin and Range National Monument, “Ah, bullcrap. That’s not an antiquity.” It’s not hard to see the potential damage done by reshaping a bedrock conservation law in this man’s image. If thousand-year-old art—not to mention the Grand Canyon itself, whose onetime monument status led to a legal ruling that the Antiquities Act could be applied to large natural landscapes—isn’t an “antiquity,” then what would he deem worth saving?

Bishop’s bill would also outlaw monuments beyond a certain acreage, allow future presidents to slash existing monuments down to a fraction of their size, and completely end the practice of setting aside marine habitat under monument status.

“On the heels of [Interior] Secretary [Ryan] Zinke’s secret report to illegally roll back national monument protections across the country, [House Natural Resources Committee] Chairman Bishop has one-upped him by trying once again to gut the law that protected these treasures in the first place,” said Dan Hartinger, deputy director for parks & public lands defense at The Wilderness Society. “It seems as though they’re in some perverse contest to see who can author the most radical proposal to sell out our public lands to development.”

Antiquities Act Has Been a Long-Running, Bipartisan Success

Signed into law by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, the Antiquities Act authorizes presidents to protect important archaeological, historic and scientific resources on public lands under the designation “national monument.” It has been used on a bipartisan basis by almost every president, a method supported by some 90 percent of voters that forms the backbone of our National Park System.

Despite its popularity and proven track record, in the spring of 2017, President Trump signed an executive order launching a “review” of every large national monument established under the Antiquities Act since the beginning of 1996. It was a move transparently spurred by extreme members of Congress trying to shrink boundaries and reduce protections in their respective states.

In September, media outlets reported that Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke’s recommendations based on that review featured changes to 10 national monument lands, including shrinking Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, Nevada’s Gold Butte and Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou.

Bishop’s law is the natural next step, a killing blow aimed at the very foundation of the American public lands tradition. The goal is to not only roll back what has been protected in the past, but to prevent any and all protections in the future.

We don’t know precisely what path this bill will take, but should it come to a full House vote, we will call on Wilderness Society supporters to mobilize and let their members of Congress know Bishop’s proposal is totally unacceptable.

07. October 2017 · Comments Off on 2018 Calendars are now available (sold out) · 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 BCH Video’s · Categories: Around The Campfire


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 Wanted you to meet the newest member of our herd! · Categories: Fun Days

“Who says cowgirls, just ride with a horn! “

Meet Slick Conger

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!

02. October 2017 · Comments Off on Back Country Horsemen of Oregon Sawyer Certification Program · Categories: Around The Campfire, Tips, Tricks and Tid Bits, Training Events

BCHO Sawyer Web page

Saw Certification Program Documents

USFS Manuals and Other Information

Work Party Documents

  • Tailgate Safety Briefing – Cover Sheet – MS Word or PDF
  • Tailgate Safety Checklist – Work Party Leader – MS Word or PDF
  • Tailgate Safety Briefing – Work Party Members – MS Word or PDF

Safety Information

Instruction Videos

02. October 2017 · Comments Off on Sawyer Information & Video’s · Categories: Around The Campfire, Tips, Tricks and Tid Bits, Training Events

PPE: Do Not Pick Up a Saw without it!

How to Properly Operate and Maintain Your Chainsaw (STIHL USA)

Danger! Chain Saw Safety – Training Video

Chainsaw Chaps – Why wear them?

520-120 / 410-120 Chain Grinder Operating Instructions

Sharping you saw chains with a power grinder

Chainsaw How To – Notch and Hinge Techniques

Time to refresh your Saw Skills

BC Sawyer Training Video’s

BC Sawyer Training #1        BC Sawyer Training #2        BC Sawyer Training #3        BC Sawyer Training #4

BC Sawyer Training #5        BC Sawyer Training #6         BC Sawyer Training #7       BC Sawyer Training #8