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BUSY YEAR FOR BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN

By Bob Silbernagel

It looks like the Grand Mesa Back Country Horsemen have a busy spring and summer scheduled. This is from President Terry Gray's message in the February newsletter.

"The President’s Saddlebag
I would like to welcome Scott & Jennifer Fogarty.
2012 dues are now due so, please mail them in or bring to next meeting on February 6, 7 PM at the Mesa Mall meeting room. Please remember if you joined after October you will not need to pay until 2013.
I am in the process of contacting committee members to see who is still interested in working on their committees. If you are interested in working on a committee please let me know and we will try to put you on that committee. We need someone to volunteer to take over the library.
I would like to thank Penny Ackerman for her hard work last year and last year’s Board as most of the goals that were set, were achieved. So thank you everyone who worked so hard on our projects.
It looks like we are going to have another busy year. We are going to put on a program for the Glade Park Elementary School. The Fruita Co-op has ask us too return this year and participate in their Co-op Country Day March 24. We have been ask to have a booth at The Horse Expo March 24 & 25 as both of these are on March 24, I would like to ask for some additional help. We will possible have additional other educational programs throughout the year.
We are going to host the Back Country Horsemen of Colorado Leadership Clinic June 16 and need volunteers to help.
We need your help to keep working on the right to ride in the National Forests, as there are groups that would like to keep us off these trails. I have an article put out by the BCHA 02/12007 titled Why We Need the Right to Ride Protection. The following are excerpts from that article.
In 1956 when the First Wilderness Bill was introduced by Senator Hubert Humphrey stated that "existing uses and privileges are respected in this bill.” “This bill will not interfere with but will perpetuate, the present multi-purpose administration of these National Forest areas."
A travel management plan for White River National Forest had areas of the WRNF closed to horse use in some these areas. The proposal creates new areas where hikers will not run into stock (limiting current horse access). challenged and changes have been made. The WRNF was not the only NF to have issues on trail use in this article detrimental to horse use.
Jan has information on the GMUG travel plan coming up. There are a very large number of trails on this travel plan. So you might offer to help him with the trail inventory.
This is the reason we all need to continue working to keep this from happening. So please renew your membership and try to get others to join as the more of us there are the bigger voice we have. "

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