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About Back Country Horsemen of America

Back Country Horsemen of America is a 501(C) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the following mission.
• To perpetuate the commonsense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s back country and wilderness.
• To work to ensure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use.
• To assist the various government and private agencies in their maintenance and management of said resource.
• To educate, encourage and solicit active participation in the wise use of the back country resource by horsemen and the general public commensurate with our heritage.
• To foster and encourage the formation of new state Back Country Horsemen’s organizations.

Our grassroots members help carry forward our organization’s mission and values throughout the United States and Canada working closely with trail partners and local land management agencies to clear and maintain trails.
In 2022, BCHA members donated over 207,800 volunteer hours from 32 different states with a dollar value of over $12 million. 14,779 stock animals hours (horses and mules) were used with volunteers traveling over 1.2 million miles to locations to do volunteer work.
The total volunteer hours donated over the past 28 years was 6,950,429 with a dollar value of $192,494,393.

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