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ALERT!! Report Horse Trail Closures and Access Issues on Federal Lands

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  • Sally Aungier
    If you know of any trails on FEDERAL lands (national forests/ national parks/battlefields) that have been closed to horse use please inform
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 3, 2009
      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.

      Sally Aungier

      From: Cynthia Higgs [mailto:chiggs@...]
      Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2009 2:14 PM
      To: chiggs@...
      Cc: 'Deb Balliet'
      Subject: ALERT!! Report Horse Trail Closures and Access Issues on Federal
      Lands



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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
      truly needed.

      Reports should be emailed to Steve Didier, BCHA Public Lands Chair
      [steve.didier@...].

      Details about the required information and format may be found in the
      following information provided in an email disseminated earlier by Mr.
      Didier.


      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
      equestrians.

      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
      other reason.

      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
      needed.

      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@...]



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