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On this page we will describe our background and philosophy.

Our Mission

  • We are a non-profit organization made up of individuals from throughout the state who are dedicated to conserving backcountry wilderness and protecting stock users' historic use of wilderness trails and forage.

  • BCHC is made up of many Local Units throughout the state and is a member of Backcountry Horsemen of America. BCHA provides a central organization which works with public land administrators on issues pertinent to public use of the backcountry and specifically to stock use in these areas.

Our History

A group of private and commercial packers met in 1981 to form the High Sierra Stock Users Association with the purpose of representing horsemen in dealings with the administrators of public lands.

Five years later the HSSUA joined with Montana, Idaho, and Washington to form an affiliation called the Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA). This national organization's task is to coordinate activities of the various state backcountry organizations. The BCHA now has BCH organizations in 12 western states.

The HSSUA adopted the name Backcountry Horsemen of California in order to conform to the national name and to better reflect its growing statewide membership. The association has a membership of more than 4,000 men and women affilliated with our many Local Units throughout California.

Backcountry Horsemen of California
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