Back Country Horsemen's cornerstone was laid on a firm foundation of research and planning. A small nucleus of back country horse users developed and modified the original goals espoused by horsemen.
The actual formation of BCH took place in Montana's Flathead Valley in January 1973. Since then, our progress is a matter of record, and it is a record of which we are very proud of. We have used our specializd knowledge of stock and the back country to bring about changes and modifications of public lands management. We have participated in many agency meetings and land use planning sessions and have become a strong voice for continued, responsible horse use.
In 1979, the Montana clubs and one from Salmon, Idaho formed the Back Country Horsemen of America. In 1986, California and Washington joined with the Back Country Horsemen of America. Since that time there had been a steady growth within the fourfounding state organizations. New Back Country Horsemen units have formed in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming; and there are affiliated units in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada.
The BCHA is a different type of organization. We are a service club doing work in the back country and educations the users of the back country. These two elements, along with a determination to protect the heritage of back country stock use, are primary factors in our existance.
Our name was chosen because it signified an interest in much more than wilderness. Members are interested in perpetuation recreational stock use on virtually all public lands.
If you share the goals and interests of our organization, we invite you to become a member of an exciting chapter or help form a chapter in your community. You may contact one of our state organizations directly or send a letter indicating your interest to our national BCHA address.
22815 168th AVE East
Graham WA 98338-7906