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    CA State Parks policy of no exclusive horse camping

    posted Jul 25, 2014, 6:27 PM by Margaret Hill   [ updated Jul 25, 2014, 7:08 PM ]

    The following notes are from the 23 Jul 2014 Equestrian Stakeholder Group Meeting #3 (Cuyamaca Rancho State Park GENERAL PLAN) with Dan Falat (California State Parks Colorado Desert District Superintendent) and Keven Best (new Montane Supervisor responsible for Cuyamaca and Palomar State Parks):

    Los Vaqueros Group Campground will continue to be available for any group (equestrian or not) to reserve. The estimated time when Paso Picacho Group Camp (the only non-equestrian group camp in the park—closed since the Cedar Fire) will reopen is 2-3 years, and one loop will not be reopened for cultural reasons. Green Valley Horse Camp will be treated as the ADA (handicapped) sites currently are: if after 5:00pm there are any open sites, they will be available on a night-to-night basis until reserved.

    These decisions are based on a position by Colorado Desert District Superintendent Dan Falat that he believes there should be no "exclusive camping" in any state parks campgrounds. Horses, however, are only allowed in areas specifically designated as such.

    We are not happy with his choice, and we are brainstorming as to our options; but they will probably involve working through Sacramento, which means the BCHC state officers will probably be involved. Let's join together as equestrians to protect horse camping in Cuyamaca. We'll keep everyone advised as to what transpires.

    ~Equestrian Stakeholder Group (Cuyamaca Rancho State Park GENERAL PLAN)

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    Popular Sweetwater trail reopened for now

    posted Jul 23, 2014, 5:52 PM by Margaret Hill   [ updated Jul 23, 2014, 5:56 PM ]

    South Side Trail reopening
    By Allison Sampite-Montecalvo, 4:56pm, June 26, 2014

    BONITA—Part of a popular recreation trail near the Sweetwater Valley reservoir reopened Thursday [26 June] after being closed for six months.

    Special boardwalks have been built to protect an endangered species called the fairy shrimp from the impact of hikers, bikers, and equestrians.

    The South Side Trail runs from the regional Sweetwater Summit Park east to the mountains and into Jamul.  [>>Read more here.<<]

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    New legislation calls for improved investments in National Forest Trail System

    posted Jul 23, 2014, 3:30 PM by Margaret Hill   [ updated Jul 23, 2014, 5:55 PM ]

    Posted by BCHA on June 18, 2014

    Groups rally behind National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act

    WASHINGTON DC (June 18, 2014) – The Backcountry Horsemen of America, The
    Wilderness Society, the American Horse Council, along with motorized recreation groups, outfitters and guides, and others today applauded new legislation to improve access and public safety on national forests and better address a persistent trail maintenance backlog.

    The National Forest Trails System Stewardship Act of 2014, introduced by Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Tim Walz (D-MN) would keep more trails across the nation open and accessible by expanding the use of volunteer and partner organizations and providing increased focus on a handful of priority areas around the country.  [>>Read more here.<<]

    Your public trails need you

    posted Jul 5, 2014, 5:20 PM by Margaret Hill   [ updated Jul 5, 2014, 5:21 PM ]

    wilderness packing
    22 May 2014 blog post, by Ami McBride, BCHA member

    As a trail rider, trails are central to my recreation. Except trails aren't just central to trail riders, they are important for the relaxation, recreation, and soul-quenching connection that we all crave: the hikers, bicyclists, and riders.

    Before I knew about Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA), I thought trails just existed without maintenance. I've learned since then, it takes quite a bit of horse-/mule- and manpower to keep trails open and public land accessible. That job takes a community, one of which I'm a proud member. BCHA has dedicated its sole focus to maintaining those trails, which are our access into our land.  [Read more....]

    New Meetup Group for BCHC-San Diego Unit members

    posted Jun 9, 2014, 5:18 PM by Margaret Hill   [ updated Jun 9, 2014, 5:18 PM ]

    Meetup logo
    Backcountry Horsemen of CaliforniaSan Diego Unit has created a Meetup Group. Meetup is a social media site where people with common interests can connect and stay informed of local events that pertain to their interests. Social media has become increasingly vital to many people nowadays, especially younger people, who are a demographic that the unit would like to tap into. A unit member, Weston Barnes, has graciously offered to fund the first six months of our unit's Meetup site. After that, the board will decide whether to continue the program (there is no commitment). The Meetup site gives us another avenue to disseminate information about the unit and our events to people specifically interested in equine or public land issues. The unit's Meetup site is now up and running at:


    Unit members are highly encouraged to join our Meetup Group to support the unit’s efforts and be able to connect with people with similar interests and find out about events and rides. Even if you’re just going for a local ride, you can post the information for others to be able to join you. The unit sees this as a valuable tool to connect with other equestrians and hopefully increase membership. Please check it out. Thank you.

    Martin Jorgensen, 2014 Vice President
    Backcountry Horsemen of CA—San Diego Unit

    Groups seek Congressional assistance for trail maintenance crisis

    posted May 5, 2014, 3:48 PM by Margaret Hill   [ updated May 5, 2014, 4:03 PM ]

    The following press release and letters were generated by Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA) and The Wilderness Society. These documents detail a bold plan of action between BCHA and several signifiant partners to address the national backlog of trail maintenance in our national forests.

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    Grant Awarded for Trails and Restoration in Tijuana River Valley Regional Park

    posted Feb 20, 2013, 1:41 PM by Margaret Hill   [ updated Feb 22, 2013, 11:57 AM ]

    Published on Feb 15, 2013

    The California Coastal Conservancy has awarded a $1.5 million grant to the County of San Diego for habitat restoration and new trails in the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park. The grant will go for construction of 6 ½ miles of multi-use trails, for revegetation and for removal of invasive, non-native weeds. Chairman Cox said the goal is to eventually build a 22-mile system of trails that will eventually connect to Border Field State Park, the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, the California Coastal Trail and the Bayshore Bikeway.

    Grant Awarded for Trails and Restoration in Tijuana River Valley Regional Park

    Cedar Creek Falls to open spring 2013 under new rules

    posted Jan 11, 2013, 2:11 PM by Margaret Hill

    Cedar Creek Falls

    20 Dec 2012

    Cedar Creek Falls: No jumping, no booze

    Jumping off the cliffs at Cedar Creek Falls and alcohol use in the area will be prohibited under new rules when the trail from the Ramona side reopens in April 2013. Users will also be required to pay for daily visitor passes. [Read the full article....]

    2012-12-18 Cedar Creek Falls visitor use permit system

    Riding trails under threat around the globe

    posted Jan 10, 2013, 11:11 PM by Margaret Hill

    11 Sep 2012

    Historic horse trails are being lost around the world at a worrying pace. The riders of today have a duty to protect and preserve them, suggests long rider Basha O'Reilly. [Read full article....]

    PCTA & ABF purchase 40 acres of open space

    posted Mar 26, 2012, 10:55 PM by Margaret Hill   [ updated Feb 20, 2013, 1:49 PM ]

    17 Feb 2012

    Pacific Crest Trail Association and Anza-Borrego Foundation preserve open space

    The Pacific Crest Trail Association and the Anza-Borrego Foundation are pleased to announce the joint purchase of 40 acres within the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

    The once privately held parcel located next to the Pacific Crest Trail will be preserved as open space and set aside for public use. This purchase ensures that this property will remain in its largely natural and untouched state and that the trail experience will continue unharmed.

    The parcel is located in Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California'sSection B at the top of Nance Canyon near Anza, Calif. One hundred forty miles north of Mexico, the purchase includes a riparian corridor, open grassland, chaparral and juniper woodland. Near the seasonal creek is a much-loved, sandy and beach-like campsite.

    "Through the generosity of our donors, we were able to partner on this purchase and help save this property from development," said Liz Bergeron, PCTA executive director. "It's highly likely that this parcel would have been sold for a house or some other project. Now it will be preserved for future generations."

    The 1774 and 1775-76 Anza Expeditions to California traveled up Nance Canyon from lower Coyote Canyon to the San Carlos Pass, exiting the desert to a greener more pastoral California. A Cahuilla Indian village was also located in this area.

    "It's a great property because it provides wildlife habitat, it has cultural and historic value," said Diana Lindsay, Anza-Borrego Foundation vice president of environmental affairs. "And it's a fabulous property for hikers on the PCT because it has water and can be used for camping."

    The Pacific Crest Trail runs along the southeast corner of this parcel. The PCTA identified the parcel as a priority for purchase in 2004 because of its proximity to the trail. Donations to the association's Land Protection Fund were used to pay for the conservation project. More than 200 miles of the trail remain on private land.

    A full press release and further details can be found here.

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