28. February 2022 · Comments Off on BCHI – 2022 Contact Information (March 2022) · Categories: BCHI /BCHA

READ FULL PDF: 2022-Mar BCHI Officers & Directors

18. February 2022 · Comments Off on Remembering two incredible ITA volunteers · Categories: Current Events

Remembering two incredible ITA volunteers

ITA lost two members of our trail family recently, Clem Pope and John Platt. Both men inspired people with their passion for Idaho’s backcountry and gave back to make trails better for all. Because both of these men inspired so many to get out and explore, we’d like to encourage YOU to find a new trail, climb a mountain, or learn a traditional skill in honor of Clem and John. We will be collecting short stories and photos of adventures taken in their honor over the next few months. Please submit your story and a photo to go along with it to trails@idahotrailsassociation.org to be included.








Clem Pope was a Wilderness advocate and master of traditional trail skills. He was part of ITA’s early days and as a crew leader, he taught many volunteers and future crew leaders how to clear trail and respect Wilderness areas. In his honor, ITA has named our annual crew leader training Crew Leader Education and Mentoring (CLEM). Click here to read a tribute to Clem by Jeff Halligan.
John Platt was an avid cycler, hiker, mountain climber, and all-around adventure expert. He served as an ITA Board member and crew leader for many years, and will be remembered for his enthusiasm and knowledge about Idaho’s trails. Read more about John’s enduring legacy in his obituary and in the Idaho Statesman’s article about his life.

18. February 2022 · Comments Off on Supply Checklist and Emergency Preparation Resource Guide · Categories: Around The Campfire

Heading out for a hike or setting up camp in your favorite national forest are both great ways to explore nature, connect with friends and family, and get a little respite from your daily life. From local excursions to mountainous journeys, preparation is key. Even a short day hike close to home could require some extra supplies.

Equipment and gear, first aid kits, food, and water are just a few of the necessities every camper, hiker, or backpacker should have. Whether your trip goes as planned or you’re thrown off course, with the right supplies there is nothing to worry about. Gear up with the best outdoor recreation hats, the tools and technologies to keep safe, and the right clothes to stay warm and dry.  READ MORE

18. February 2022 · Comments Off on Small-Scale Solar for Trailer or Boat · Categories: Around The Campfire


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07. February 2022 · Comments Off on BCHA & USFS Trail Partner Funding Grants · Categories: BCHI /BCHA

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please advise BCH members who wish to submit a US Forest Service Trail Partner Funding grant application to ensure their proposal is of a SIZE and SCALE to be competitive with applications submitted by other national organizations.

A grant application submitted by a single chapter for work on one or a few trails is unlikely to be funded. I encourage BCH members to join with other chapters or states to submit grant applications that are BIG and result in substantial work being done to reduce the amount of deferred maintenance of Forest Service trails (applications of up to $20,000!).

Your proposal will receive extra points if the work includes trail maintenance within one or more USFS Trail Maintenance Priority Area. See map at:


The scoring for Trail Partner Funding grant applications weighs heavily on:

1. Miles of trail maintained,

2. Miles of trail deferred maintenance eliminated,

3. Number of volunteers engaged, and

4. Cash and in-kind matching funds.

The level of cash match is also scored in addition to in-kind match (volunteer labor, etc.). Even a few hundred or few thousand dollars of cash match will tip the scale toward higher grant application scoring. So avoid the minimum 1:1 match composed entirely of in-kind labor, stock days, etc. Throw in some cash to substantially increase your grant scoring/ranking by the grant review team.

And band together. Just as important, band together with hiking, biking and other trail organizations to submit a joint application–grant applications that benefit multiple trail user groups receive higher scoring! At a minimum, describe in the grant application how the work you are proposing will benefit hikers, backpackers, trail runners, climbers, hunters, anglers, bird watchers, etc. Submit state-wide projects or multi-state projects in order to increase the chances your projects will be funded (and try to squeeze in a Trail Maintenance Priority Area).

BCHA Chapter Grant – How to Apply – Starting in January of each year!

How and When to Apply for a Chapter Support Grant

1 – Grant requests can only be between $100 and $1,000 (maximum). If you are matching our grant with other grants or sources of money for a larger project, please state the other matching group(s) and the amount they are providing.

2 – Are you following one or more of our Mission Statements?

a – To perpetuate the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s back country and wilderness

b – To work to ensure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use

c – To assist the various government and private agencies in their maintenance and management of said resource

d – To educate, encourage and solicit active participation in the wise use of the back country resource by horsemen and the general public commensurate with our heritage

Also, are you educating and encouraging youth in the proper use of America’s backcountry and any public lands, be it county, state or national?

3 – The application must be complete! Incomplete applications will not be considered. Dates for chapter support grant submissions are January 1 to March 15.

4 – If for some reason a grant recipient is unable to do the project, please contact the chairman at grants@BHCA.org to discuss your options.


January 1 through March 15 – We accept applications.

March 16 through March 31 – Committee scores and decides grant recipients.

April 1 – Spreadsheet goes to BCHA’s treasurer for checks to be written.

During the national board meeting, grant recipients will be announced. Checks will be sent the week after the national board meeting.

A project report is mandatory and due by December 31 of the year the grant is received. The contact person listed on the grant application is responsible for submitting the report. Send the report with pictures (before and after) to grants@BCHA.org.

Any questions? Contact the Chairman of the Chapter Support Grants Committee at grants@BCHA.org.

02. February 2022 · Comments Off on National Wilderness Skill Institute 2021 · Categories: Education, Public Meetings, Training Events



National Wilderness Skill Institute 2022 – May 24, 25 & 26, 2022


Some the more popular sessions:

01. February 2022 · Comments Off on Bright Ideas – Embroidery – Emmett, ID · Categories: Around The Campfire