Main­tain­ing Our Trails

Horse & Rider - - Saddle Chat -

I live sur­rounded by na­tional for­est. Along with a few friends, I’ve put in 187 hours lo­cally since April on trails we ride; this is on­go­ing. Not too shabby for a few se­nior rid­ers.

Back Coun­try Horse­men of Amer­ica, an all-vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tion, puts in count­less hours each year help­ing keep our pub­lic lands open for pub­lic use. In 2017, mem­bers put in 324,154 doc­u­mented hours, equal in value to $12,987,807 in la­bor. Over the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s 20-plusyear his­tory, dol­lar value for work done is more than $140 mil­lion dol­lars. Hun­dreds of hours go un­re­ported; that adds to the to­tal work done.

Linda Meyer Editor’s Note: See page 58 for more on the ef­forts to keep trails open for rid­ers.

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