Friday, January 28, 2022

B.C.: Rustic equine campground underway by local Back Country Horsemen - Full Article

January 24 2022
By Andrea Arnold

The Robson Valley Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of BC had a busy 2021, building and rehabilitating trails, structure installation at the Dore River trailhead and clearing land for a new rustic equine campground on Belle Mountain.

The largest and newest project the local chapter has taken on is the Belle Rustic Equine campground. Located 3km up the McIntosh logging road about 8km west of McBride. In June just under 2Ha of land were cleared for 12 campsites, access roads to the sites as well as the kitchen site. In November, they started work on the access roads.

“First and foremost, this is a rustic equine camp with few amenities, but will have corrals, horse water, level sites, and access to trails,” said Chapter president Eileen MacDonald.

The campground will connect to the 47.2km trail network on Belle Mountain that the local chapter has been developing since 2018...

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Saturday, January 15, 2022

Equine Land Conservation Resource to sponsor webinar: Trail Ambassador Programs: Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices

In partnership with American Trails

January 9 2022

Trail ambassador programs can be a boon to any trail or trail system. They build local engagement, help identify and solve deferred maintenance issues, and turn casual users into lifelong advocates.

We've gathered together leaders of some of the best ambassador programs across the nation, representing a variety of trail user types, to share best practices and offer sage advice for starting programs for your trail.

We have made this a two-part webinar series to showcase great examples and resources that will focus on providing ample time for answering your most burning questions.

The webinar will be a panel presentation with six presenters sharing their ambassador program experiences reflecting different trail user groups

One of the panelists, Steve McClintock, will be sharing his experience from the equestrian perspective.

Steve is one of the two National Directors for Arizona on the Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA) national Board of Directors.

He was President of the East Valley BCH Chapter in Apache Junction (East Mesa), Arizona from 2015-2021.

He is also Chairman of the BCHA Legacy Fund — an endowment like fund.

Steve has enjoyed many hours in the saddle with his Tennessee Walking Horse named Ranger which he describes as "a darn good trail horse."

All webinar presenters:
• Natalie Ferraro, Engagement Manager, Trailkeepers of Oregon
• Adam Harden, Deputy Administrator, Ambassador Program, NOHVIS
• Randy Harden, Program Administrator, Ambassador Program, NOHVIS
• Steve McClintock, National Director for Arizona, Back Country Horsemen of America
• Ursula Sandstrom, Trail Ranger and Outreach Director, Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA)
• Taylor Goodrich, Communication and Media Specialist, American Trails

Please join us for the Trail Ambassador Programs: Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices Thursday, January 27, 2022, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am Pacific/1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Eastern to learn best practices from some of the outstanding trail ambassador programs across the nation, representing a variety of trail user types, to offer sage advice for starting ambassador programs for your trail.

Click HERE to register and for more information