ALERT!! Report Horse Trail Closures and Access Issues on Federal Lands
- If you know of any trails on FEDERAL lands (national forests/ national
parks/battlefields) that have been closed to horse use please inform
steve.didier@... with BCHA (with a cc to me). The instructions for
notifying Steve are given below in the ELCR message.
Note: State Parks, regional/county parks, state forests, and Va wildlife
management areas are not Federal lands. They are state owned.
From: Cynthia Higgs [mailto:chiggs@...]
Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2009 2:14 PM
Cc: 'Deb Balliet'
Subject: ALERT!! Report Horse Trail Closures and Access Issues on Federal
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Dear Equestrian Partners:
Back Country Horsemen of America, in cooperation with the American Horse
Council, is asking for reports on horse trail closures and access issues on
federal lands. AHC needs to document these losses of trail riding
opportunities in order to show Congress that Right to Right legislation is
Reports should be emailed to Steve Didier, BCHA Public Lands Chair
Details about the required information and format may be found in the
following information provided in an email disseminated earlier by Mr.
Reporting Equestrian Trail Closures or Access Issues on Federal Land
The reduction of trails, trail heads and the closure of public lands to
horses and pack animals is a growing problem. The American Horse Council and
its member organizations are working to address this issue on federal lands
with the introduction of legislation that will protect the rights of
historic and traditional recreational users of public land such as
No effort to pass such legislation will be successful unless evidence can be
supplied that clearly demonstrates the scope of the problem and the need for
action on the part of Congress. The AHC is asking for documented examples
of trails or entire areas that have been closed to equestrians on federal
land (National Forest Service, National Parks Service, and Bureau of Land
Management), due to administrative decisions, lack of maintenance or any
Examples need to include the following information:
1. Name and address of individual reporting closure-In order to identify
that person or group as constituents of certain members of Congress if
2. Jurisdiction-National Park, National Forest, Bureau of Land Management.
3. Location-Specific national park, forest, ranger district, etc and trail
or trail system if applicable.
4. Stated reason for closure-Environmental impact, user conflict,
maintenance issue, re classification.
5. Process associated with closure-Was public comment solicited or accepted,
was environmental impact study preformed, etc.
6. History of equestrian use-If available.
7. Any additional relevant details-Such as volunteer work performed by
equestrian group on trail, user conflict, etc.
Steven Didier [mailto:steve.didier@...]
4037 Iron Works Parkway / Suite 120 / Lexington, Kentucky / 40511
Ph (859) 455-8383 / Fx (859) 455-8381
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