|NO MAN'S LAND BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN, Winchester, VA|
No Man's Land Back Country Horsemen is seeking new members. NMLBCH is a newly formed unit of the Back Country Horsemen of America, a national organization dedicated to keeping trails on public lands open to equine use. Founded in the 1970s in the west, the BCHA is moving east because of growing pressure on federal and state agencies to close trails to equines. Nationally BCHA has thousands of members.
Like many horse groups, No Man's Land Back Country Horsemen will have trail rides, but our primary activity is working closely with the National Forest, National Park and State Park agencies. This work includes volunteer trail maintenance and local policy action, especially opposing rule changes that adversely impact equine use on trails. We also work to open trails that are presently closed to equines. Many trails on federal lands in the south have been closed to equines and the trend is spreading into Virginia.
No Man's Land BCH will focus on the George Washington/Jefferson National Forest in VA and WV, Monongahela National Forest in WV and Shenandoah National Park. Our Parks and Forests are the closest public back country to the Nation's Capital. We want them to be models of national equine policy.
Our members come from a wide region, from West Virginia to metro DC. You do not have to ride to be a member, just have a concern for keeping trails open. We are particularly interested in trail riding as a form of recreation for seniors.
You may download our APPLICATION FORM and EQUINE LIABILITY RELEASE FORM, print them, fill them out and mail them along with your check to:
NO MAN'S LAND BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN
152 RICHARD LANE
STAR TANNERY, VA 22654
Annual dues for No Man's Land Back Country Horsemen are $5 junior, $10 adult, $16 family, $20 associate. A junior member is under 16 and not part of a family membership. An associate member is a business or other organization. Dues are for the calendar year in which they are paid. The dues to the national organization are payable January 1 each year and are included in our dues.
About the name No Man's Land. This is a rugged region in the northern tip of GW/J NF that offers exceptional back country trail riding in VA and WV. Which county and state it belonged to was in dispute until well into the 20th century, so land titles were unclear, hence the name.
BCHA also has a Golden Horseshoe BCH unit centered in Lexington, VA. We are working with them to form a state chapter for Virginia.
NMLBCH Officers are: President Diane Adams; Vice President Larry Finks; Secretary/Treasurer Val Van Meter.
For more info on our upcoming rides and projects, contact Diane Adams. We have an email list for all our upcoming activities and you can join our BCHVA YAHOO! GROUP.
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Members receive the quarterly National Newsletter from BCHA
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