Category Archives: October Posts

BCHA 2014-2015 Initiatives

Initiatives May 2014 – April 2015
1. Fundraising – Job Number One (Chairman Jim McGarvey)
a. Develop a Message, a Process
b. Identify targets – emphasize individuals rather than grants applications
c. Create collateral materials, including a video to demonstrate the value of BCHA to people who treasure and enjoy wilderness and the back country.
d. Elicit support from individuals and organizations to support the BCHA

2. Complete the “Legacy” Fund Raising Initiative by Y/E 2014 (Chairman Mike McGlenn)
a. Larger Amount Donations allows growth without depending on membership dues
b. Funded thru estate giving, wills and other.
c. Donated Monies used in current times – not live off interest
d. One half of money given to Chapters – unless otherwise directed
e. Levels of giving starting at $5,000 – $9,999 and etc.

3. Improve Communications

a. Continue and improve BCH state presidents conf call
b. Rapid distribution of EC monthly minutes
c. Increase and improve email list
d. The “WY Jim Wolf Request” – increase the distribution of trail maintenance best practices among states and chapters
4. BCH Public Lands Regions (Chairman Randy Rasmussen)
a. Form four Public Lands Regions composed of states in each region with commonalities of geography, climate, issues and etc., i.e. PCT states; Rocky Mountain states; southwestern states; southeastern states or some logical combination
b. Regions meet and discuss problems and solutions; headed up by Public Lands Committee co-chairs and advised by BCH Public Lands Advisor
5. Oral History
a. Develop an oral/video? history with our two remaining founders, Ken Ausk and Roland Cheek
b. This project’s goals are to 1) record our early years; 2) make sure that current and future generations of BCH’rs stay true to the cause; 3) set a benchmark from where we started and where we are now and how to stay the course

6. Website and Social Media
a. Organize groups/individuals to provide current and important content to the our website
b. To not overload the work content of any one individual such as the webmaster
c. Identify and appoint a FaceBook Manager/Editor
d. Institute a program to encourage chapter/member BCHA FB posts

7. Develop a Future BCHA Organizational Chart with Job Descriptions
a. Identify the duties of current and future job descriptions of positions required in BCHA management – Chairman; Executive Director; Recreation and Public Lands Advisor; Executive Secretary; Education Advisor
b. This project is vitally important for BCHA to properly function in the coming years and to do so with the best people available.
8. Form One New Alliance
a. Form an alliance/partnership with another world-class organization – similar to The Wilderness Society
b. To further our ability to impact legislative and regulatory directives
c. To aid our partner in accomplishing its respective goals
9. Financial Controls and Strengthen Balance Sheet
a. Make our financial reports more reflective of what we do down to the project level i.e.; a P/L for the NBM; P/L for fund raising initiatives “How much did we get in by using this method versus another; P/L for brochures and etc.
b. Essentially develop a system that gives an ROI on the various spending measures we have as an organization.
10. Implement the Directives of the BCHA 2104-2018 Strategic Plan, Emphasizing…
a. “BCHA will provide people and horsepower to keep trails accessible to everyone.” (Continue our track record of a minimum of 370,000 volunteer hours and 15,000 miles of trails cleared)
b. “BCHA member-leaders will have accessible broad-based information and knowledge.” (See Initiative 3-d)
c. “$100,000 initiatives each year to leverage membership dues.” (See Initiative 1) This goal was reached in 2014 with $125,000 collected after accounting for fund raising expenses.

11. Develop a national BCH program to engage youth in our organization.
a. BCHA support Public Land Service Coalition and full implementation of 21st Century Service Conservation Corp programs to engage youth crews for work on our nation’s public lands and wilderness trails
b. Continue to work with our states and chapters to more effectively use youth and conservation corps programs utilizing partnerships and relationships with land managers.
c. Establish measureable levels of effort to achieve a 10 % increase in use of and participation with youth groups including but not limited to Corps members, 4 H, FFA, Boy and Girl Scouts and other organized organizations.

12. Re-establish the BCH “Retail Store” (Co-Chairs Peg Greiwe & Cindy McGarvey)
a. Identify products to inventory and pricing
b. Establish arrangement with supplier(s)
c. Stock inventory
d. Photograph and display products on website
e. Establish purchasing process

Mammoth Cave Backcountry Horsemen commit to park trail work

Mammoth Cave Backcountry Horsemen commit to park trail work

Brenda Cecil, president of the Mammoth Cave Backcountry Horsemen, Superintendent Sarah Craighead, and Ginny Grulke, chair of the Kentucky Backcountry Horsemen, sign an agreement to improve maintenance of the park’s horse trails.

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MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., October 23, 2014 – On October 15, 2014, Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead signed an agreement with representatives of the Mammoth Cave Backcountry Horsemen, as a way to improve maintenance of the park’s horse trails.

“Our agreement with the Mammoth Cave Backcountry Horsemen will greatly boost the care and condition of the park trail system,” said Craighead.  “Funding for trail maintenance continues to be a management challenge and concern.  Monitoring shows the physical condition of the trails has significantly deteriorated in the last five years, accentuated by severe erosion, mires and trail braiding.  Help from trail users is essential to keeping the trails open, enjoyable and safe.”

The agreement states the park and the Mammoth Cave Backcountry Horsemen will meet biannually to develop and review an annual work plan, and discuss organized workdays.  The park will provide tools and materials.  Volunteers who operate chainsaws must undergo specific training and conduct operations in accordance with the park’s chainsaw plan.

“Park staff constantly battle downed trees across trails,” said Craighead.  “We are taking a new approach in allowing volunteers to operate chainsaws in the park, after they have received the required training.”

“This agreement is an important first step in what we hope will be a long-term partnership between Mammoth Cave National Park and Back Country Horsemen in Kentucky,” said Ginny Grulke, chair of the Kentucky Backcountry Horsemen.  “We look forward to working as volunteers with the Park staff to ensure that trails are maintained and preserved for the enjoyment of all Mammoth Cave visitors.”

Mammoth Cave National Park has more than 90 miles of trails.  All are open to hikers, about 60 miles are designated for horse use, and 25 miles for bicycling.

The inaugural annual planning meeting is scheduled for December 18, to set a work plan for 2015.

Vickie Carson

Public Information Officer
Mammoth Cave National Park
P.O. Box 7
Mammoth Cave, KY 42259

Big South Fork Business Opportunity

Big South Fork NRRA News Release
Release Date: Immediate
Contact: Cherrie Brice, cherrie_brice@nps.gov, 404-507-5637
Business Opportunity within Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

Oneida, Tennessee: The National Park Service has issued a prospectus soliciting for proposals in response to a business opportunity to operate overnight horse camp service at Station Camp within the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area located on Station Camp Road near Oneida, Tennessee. The camp includes a shower house and 24 trailer/tent sites each with tie ups, electrical hookups and water.

All interested parties are invited for a site visit on Thursday morning October 2, 2014; please RSVP for the site visit via email to Cherrie_Brice@nps.gov.
The term of the new concession contract will be for ten years and start in the spring of 2015. The
prospectus is posted on the internet at http://www.concessions.nps.gov/biso005-15.htm or interested persons may get a printed prospectus package by contacting Cherrie Brice via email at Cherrie_Brice@nps.gov.

All responses to the prospectus must be in hard copy and will be due by Thursday, November 13, 2014 by 4 pm (ET). Please send proposals to: Cherrie Brice, Concessions Management Specialist, National Park Service, Southeast Regional Office AFC 1924 Building, 100 Alabama Street S.W., Atlanta, GA 30303.

About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

GENERAL AGREEMENT Between the NATIONAL PARK SERVICE MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK And the MAMMOTH CAVE BACKCOUNTRY HORSEMEN

GENERAL AGREEMENT Between the NATIONAL PARK SERVICE MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK And the MAMMOTH CAVE BACKCOUNTRY HORSEMEN

This General Agreement (hereafter, Agreement) is entered into between the National Park Service, Mammoth Cave National Park (hereafter, Park), a bureau ofthe United States Department ofthe Interior (Department), and Mammoth Cave Backcountry Horsemen (hereafter, MCBCH) to foster collaboration between MCBCH and the Park concerning the maintenance of the backcountry trail system on the north side of the Park.

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Article I. Background and 0biectives

Mammoth Cave National Park was established in 1941 to preserve the cave system, including Mammoth Cave, the scenic river valleys of the Green and Nolín rivers, and the hilly backcountry north of the Green River. This is the longest recorded cave system in the world with more than 400 miles explored and mapped. The Park has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also an International Biosphere Reserve.

In order for visitors to enjoy backcountry areas of the park, an 85-mile trail system of trails has been constructed over the years to allow access by a variety of means. Approximately 50 miles of these trails are north of Green River and 35 miles are south of Green River. A number of trails have been established on old road beds. Currently, trail visitors include hikers, horseback riders, and bicyclists.

The Mammoth Cave Backcountry Horsemen became a Kentucky Backcountry Horsemen Chapter in 2013 and is an active group of horseback riders in the region surrounding the Park. Their activities include organized equestrian rides, trail building, maintenance, advocacy, and education. In past years, several of the present MCBCH members and the Park have worked together successfully in maintaining Several park trails during special Backcountry Work Day events. Over the years, these same volunteers have contributed hundreds of hours of volunteer time performing maintenance work on park trails, but now are organized within one organization, being the MCBCH. The MCBCH is dedicated to protecting and preserving park resources via sustainable trail design and other trail stewardship practices.

In response to a variety of needs and issues, the park determined in 2006 that there was a strong need to more comprehensively plan for the management of park trails. ln order to better manage the trail system, provide for scientific measurement of impacts caused by trail users, and minimize trail user Conflicts, the Park developed a Comprehensive Trail Management Plan

(CTMP) that was approved in December, 2008. In addition to approving a preferred alternative for trail designations and key development actions, the CTMP also identified a need for user education and the implementation of sustainable trail design and maintenance practices. Therefore, the CTMP stated that these efforts “will be enhanced with continuing support from park user groups, volunteer groups. . .”

Funding for the maintenance of all park trails in Mammoth Cave National Park, especially the trails on the north side of the Park, continues to be a management challenge and concern. The park does not have operational funding for ongoing maintenance of trails. At the same time, it has been documented that the physical condition of many park trails has deteriorated in recent years. Since 2009, annual trail condition assessments have been performed on park trails, and the data indicates that total soil loss has increased by over 10%, the number of secondary trails has doubled, and there continues to be periods of time when there is excessive muddiness during Wetter months.

Consequently, MCBCH’s assistance in maintaining the north side trails will be essential in order for trails to remain open and available for public use and enjoyment and to ensure that trail conditions are improved. In light of park funding limitations, combined with the recent years of trail monitoring data that indicate deterioration in trail conditions, there is a heightened need for continuing support from user groups such as the MCBCH to work cooperatively with the park.

Article II. Statutory Authority

The NPS enters into this Agreement pursuant to the following legal authorities:

16 U.S.C. § 1-3 General Authority to Take Actions That Promote and Regulate Units of the National Park System – The NPS Organic Act directs the Secretary of the Interior to promote and regulate National Park System lands by such means and measures as to conform to the fundamental purpose of such lands, namely conservation of the scenery and natural and historic objects and Wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of these resources in a manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.

16 U.S.C. § 1f – Cost Share Arrangements with Partners The NPS Organic Act authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to enter into an agreement with a cooperator for the purpose of sharing costs or services in carrying out authorized functions and responsibilities with respect to the National Park System, any affiliated area, or any designated National Scenic or Historic Trail. Cooperators are any State or local

government, public or private agency, organization, institution, Corporation, individual or other entity.

16 U.S.C. § 18g-j – Acceptance of Volunteer Services – The Secretary of the Interior is authorized to recruit, train and accept the services of individuals without compensation as volunteers for or in the aid of interpretive functions, or other visitor services or activities in and related to areas of the National Park System. Such volunteers may not be used for hazardous duty or law enforcement work or in policy-making processes or to displace any employee. A special exception allows the acceptance of the services of individuals that the Secretary determines “are skilled in performing hazardous activities”.

Article lll. Responsibilities Understandings of the Parties

A. The Park and MCBCH jointly agree to:

1. Participate in a biannual meeting to develop and review an Annual Work Plan, based upon trail maintenance priorities identified and established by the Park. Discuss potential organized trail Work events as well as any other work planning efforts. This biannual meeting does not preclude having more frequent meetings if needed. The intermediate meetings may be called by either party as the need arises.

If any projects are identified and agreed upon by the Park and MCBCH, and the project(s) involve ground disturbance, the Park will complete required compliance actions as soon as possible prior to project commencement. The Park is required to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section l06 of the National Historic Preservation Act for project work, in order to assess potential impacts to the natural and human environment as well as cultural and archeological resources. The cost of such compliance work may be shared by MCBCH.

2. Jointly agree on and approve any public information releases such as any type of media release, educational materials, or advisories concerning activities by MCBCH at Mammoth Cave National Park.

B. The Park agrees to:
1. Designate a Trail Contact(s) who will be responsible for coordinating with MCBCH.

2. Clearly identify trail maintenance standards. (See Appendix A)

3. Issue equipment to include, but not limited to, hand tools, Chain saws, supplies, and materials. The Park will issue Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), for use by chain saw operators t0 include, but not be limited to, chaps, helmets, ear protection, gloves, and eye protection. All equipment and PPE will be issued to MCBCH, which will in turn issue the above to designated members. Such loans may be on a long-term issuance. During larger, organized events, the Park may supplement the MCBCH issuance by issuing additional equipment. However, this supplemental issuance must be serviced and returned at the end ofthe Speciñc event.

4. Conduct trail work events and activities beyond simple trail clearing, in which objectives will be established; supplies and materials procured; and tools and PPE issued. The events will be supervised and led by the Park Trail Contact(s), or his/her designee. The events may involve a single group such as MCBCH, multiple groups, use individual volunteers, or a combination of all.

5. Notify MCBCH of planned activities that may directly affect the trails that are managed for equestrian uses and backcountry campsites that accommodate equestrian trail users.

6. Work with MCBCH to pursue grants that would further the Work of the MCBCH and the Park trail program.

7. Inform MCBCH of any required certifications, safety or educational programs necessary to members.

C. The MCBCH agrees to:

1. Ensure that volunteer participants are informed that their activities in the Park are covered under the Volunteers in the Parks Act of 1969 and that a Volunteer Services Agreement for Natural Resource Agencies (OF 301A)(Appendix B) is completed and submitted for each individual. Volunteers under the age of 18 must submit an Form OF 301A with the parental/guardian section completed and signed prior t0 participation in a volunteer activity. Once executed, Volunteer Service Agreements are valid until terminated by either or both parties.

Once a participating member is signed as a volunteer upon completion of the Volunteer Service Agreement, they Will he authorized to perform trail work either by themselves or with other MCBCH volunteers, Whenever they wish. This does not have to be during an organized work event. If one or more MCBCH volunteers complete Work independently outside an organized event, they must inform the MCBCH Key Official of the details of Work accomplished along with the number of persons and the hours Worked. The Key Official will report this to the Park Trail Contact(s), with the hours recorded on an Individual Volunteer Hours Log (Appendix C).

During organized work events, a VIP Group Signup Sheet (Appendix D) with the names, work location, description of work, beginning work time, ending work time, and number of hours per person will be attached to a Volunteer Service Agreement, which will be signed bythe MCBCH leader and provided to the Park leader at the event or submitted to the Park Trails Contact@ as soon as practical. Failure to comply with volunteer agreement requirements during a work activity will result in a cessation of work on the part of the non-compliant individuals.

2. Coordinate with the Park Trail Contact(s) to determine where Work efforts need to be focused. All MCBCH volunteer work, whether by a group or individual volunteer, will need to be coordinated through the President, MCBCH who will notify the Park Trail Contact(s) that such work will be taking place, or has taken place.

3. Generally use Park-owned fools and equipment. The MCBCH may use their own equipment, including chainsaws. The MCBCH must ensure that their personal equipment is in satisfactory working condition. The Park will not be responsible for damage to, or maintenance of, personal equipment.

All tools, equipment, and facilities furnished by the park will be on a loan basis. All Park-issued chainsaws will be returned in a use-ready condition, cleaned, and undamaged. Any damage or malfunctions of chainsaws that cannot be resolved in the field will be reported, in Writing, as soon as possible. The operator will notify the MCBCH President of the condition needing repair, and in turn, the President will notify the Park Trail Contact(s). Chainsaws which become damaged or inoperative due to normal wear and tear, will be repaired or replaced by the Park. In the event that a chainsaw or other equipment is damaged or rendered inoperative due to negligent use, MCBCH will be responsible for repair or replacement of the item. The MCBCH will provide fuel, oil, and routine maintenance through the use season. The Park will provide overall servicing annually.

All park safety requirements, job hazard analysis, and training requirements must be achieved, and personal protective equipment must be used. Park-owned chainsaws, tools, and other equipment are to be used on Park trails only.

Ensure that all chainsaw operators have received chainsaw training through the park and conduct operations according to the Park Chainsaw Plan.

5. Comply with NPS regulations when conducting activities within the Park and using NPS property and facilities.

6. Ensure that safety will be the priority in all work activities. Work assignments will be handled in a manner so that assignments and tasks do not exceed the skill level of the volunteers present. Park Standard Operating Procedures and Job Hazard Analyses will be followed. Report all injuries/illnesses to the MCBCH Key Official or designated group leader, and the Park Trail Contactts) or Volunteer Coordinator without delay. Documentation will occur the same as if the person was a paid employee.

7. Provide Leave No Trace training to its members.

8. Coordinate with the Park to obtain any necessary training and/or certifications.

9. Encourage safe, courteous, and responsible trail use to its members.

10. Report problems with the trail and accomplishments in a timely manner to the Park.

Article lV. Term of Agreement

Unless earlier terminated by operation ofthe temis of this Agreement, or by agreement of the
parties in writing, this Agreement will be in effect for a period of five (5) years beginning on the date the last signature is to this Agreement.

Article V. Termination

Either Party may terminate this Agreement for any reason by providing thirty (30) days Written notice setting forth the reasons for proposing termination. Neither party will be liable to the other for any costs or claims in the event of termination.

Article VI. Key Officials and Notices

A. Key Officials

The personnel specified below are considered essential to the successful coordination and communication between the MCBCH and the Park for the work to be performed pursuant to this Agreement. Upon written notice to all the other parties, that party may designate an alternate to act in the place ofthe designated Key Official, or designated a new Key Official. The Key Officials for the Park will also serve as the Park Trail Contacts.

For Mammoth Cave National Park:

Steve Kovar
Chief, Facilities Management Park Trail Contact
Division of Facilities Management Mammoth Cave National Park P.O. Box 7
Mammoth Cave, KY 42259
(270) 758-2101
(270) 758-2372 (fax)
Steve_Kovar@nps.gov

Lora Peppers
Chief Park Ranger
Division of Law Enforcement and Emergency Services
Mammoth Cave National Park
P.O. Box 7
Mammoth Cave, KY 42259
(270) 758-2121
(270) 758-2342 (fax)
Lora Peppers@nps.gov

For the Mammoth Cave Backcountry Horsemen:

Brenda Ceci]
President
Mammoth Cave Backcountry Horsemen
1975 Salem Church Road
Hodgenville, KY 42748
brendacecil@windstream.net

Bonnie Jolly
Secretary
Mammoth Cave Backcountry Horsemen
692 Shady Bower Lane
Sonora, KY 42776
(270) 369-8468
bsjolly@uky.edu

B. Notices

Any notice from one party to all the other parties related to this Agreement, including a change in Key Officials, shall be in writing and delivered by mail, personal delivery, electronic delivery or other appropriate means, to the first Key Official of the other party at the address or Contact number indicated above, or at such other address or Contact number for such Key Official as may be provided by the other party from time to time, and shall be Considered delivered upon receipt at the office of such Key Official.

Article VII. Required Clauses

1. Non ­Discrimination: All activities pursuant or in association with this Agreement shall be conducted in compliance with the requirements of Executive Order 11246; Title Vl of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (78 Stat. 252; 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seg); Title V, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of1973 (87 Stat. 394; 29 U.S.C. § 794); the Age Discrimination Act 0f1975 (89 Stat. 728; 42 U.S.C. 610| et seg); and with all other federal laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination on grounds of race, color, sexual orientation, national origin,

2. NPS Appropriations: Pursuant to 3l U.S.C. § l34l, nothing contained in this Agreement shall be construed to obligate the Department of the Interior or the United States to any current or future expenditure of funds in advance of the availability of appropriations from Congress. Nor does this Agreement obligate the Department of the Interior or the United States to spend funds on any particular project or purpose, even if funds are available.

3. Prior Approval: The MCBCH shall obtain prior written approval from the NPS before:
a. Holding special events within the Park;
b. Entering into third-party agreements of a material nature,
c. Assigning or transferring this Agreement or any part thereof;
d. Constructing any structure or making any improvements within the Park’s boundaries;
e. Releasing any public information that refers to the Department, the NPS, the Park, any NPS employee (by name or title), this Agreement or the projects contemplated hereunder;

4. Compliance with Applicable Laws: This Agreement and performance hereunder is subject to all law, regulations, and management policies including those governing the NPS property and resources, Whether now in force or hereafter enacted or promulgated. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as in any Way impairing the general powers of the NPS for supervision, regulation, and control of its property under such applicable laws, regulations, and management policies. Nothing in this Agreement shall be deemed inconsistent with or contrary to the purpose of or intent of any Act of Congress.

5. Disclaimers of Government Endorsement: The MCBCH will not publicize or circulate materials (such as advertisements, solicitations, brochures, press releases, speeches, pictures, movies, articles, manuscripts, or other publications), suggesting expressly 0r implicitly, that the Government, the Department, NPS, or Government employees endorses MCBCH‘s business, goods, or services. All materials referring to the Government must be approved by the NPS Key Official prior to publication. Nothing herein is intended to prevent the NPS or the Department of the Interior from recognizing the partnership or contributions made by the MCBCH to NPS, and from authorizing an inclusion of such recognition in materials generated by the MCBCH related to this Agreement.

6. Modifications: This Agreement may be extended, renewed or amended only when agreed to in writing by the NPS and MCBCH.

7. Waiver: Failure to enforce any clause of this Agreement by either party shall not constitute waiver of that clause. Waivers must be express and evidenced in writing.

8.Agency: MCBCH are not agents or representatives of the United States, the Department of the Interior, 0r the NPS, nor will MCBCI-I represent themselves as such to third parties. The
NPS is not an agent or representative of MCBCH, nor will the NPS represent itself as Such to third parties.

9. Non-Exclusive Agreement: This Agreement in no way restricts either the NPS or the MCBCH from entering into similar agreements, or participating in similar activities or arrangements, with other public or private agencies, organizations, or individuals.

10. Partial invalidity: If any provision of this Agreement or the application thereof to any party or circumstance shall, to any extent, be held invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of this Agreement or the application of such provision to the parties or circumstances other than those to which it is held invalid or unenforceable, shall not be affected thereby and
each provision of this Agreement shall be valid and be enforced to the fullest extent permitted by law.

11. Liabilities: The Parties accept sole responsibility for any property damage, injury or death caused by the acts and omissions of their respective employees, representatives or agents, acting within the scope of their employment, to the fullest extent permitted by law. However, volunteers who are enrolled with the Park pursuant to Article III(A)(1) of this Agreement are covered under the Federal Employees Compensation Act which authorizes compensation for work-related injuries and by the Federal Tort Claims Act which protects volunteers from liability for injury or damage to others While they are acting within the scope of their assigned duties.

Article VIII. Signatures

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement on the dates set forth below.

FOR THE KENTUCKY BACKCOUNTRY HORSEMEN: Ginny Grulke, Chair
FOR THE MAMMOTH CAVE BACKCOUNTRY HORSEMEN: Brenda Cecil, President
FOR MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK:
Sarah Craighead, Superintendent

To see the entire MOU please  follow this link:

Mammoth Cave BCH signs MOU with Mammoth Cave National Park

Rail Trail Inventory in Kentucky

Rail Trail Inventory in Kentucky

The following is a list of rail-trails in Kentucky.

DO YOU KNOW OF ANY OTHERS?
Also, if you know whether or not the trail has been “banked” (ie protected for
future trail use rather than the land being given back to the closest neighbor),
please let Ginny know at ginny.grulke@gmail.com

1.            Tyrone Rail Trail (Anderson County) – Proposed  NO
4.            Winchester Trail (Clark County) – Proposed  NO
5.            Carter County Rail Trail (Carter County) – Existing/Proposed Not Railbanked but
organizers are working on right of entry
7.            Mt. Sterling Trail (Montgomery County) – Proposed Not railbanked but City owns
property
12.          Hopkinsville Trail (Christian County) – Proposed  not sure
14.          Hardin Southern Trail (Calloway and
15.          Lafayette Trail (Fayette County) – Existing/Proposed  Not
16.          Town Branch Trail (Fayette County) – Existing/Proposed  Not Railbanked but is a rail
with trail.
17.          Middle Creek National Battlefield Trail (Floyd County) – Proposed  Not sure
18.          Kentucky State University/Downtown/Schenkel/Lakeview Trail (Franklin County) –Proposed  not sure
19.          Capitol View and Millville Trail (Franklin and Woodford Counties) – Proposed  Not sure
20.          Riverview/Colespring Trail  (Franklin County) – Proposed  not
21.          Wingo Trail (Graves County) – Existing/Proposed  Not railbanked but a portion is
22.          Benham Trail (Harlan County) – Existing/Proposed  same status as wingo
24.          Cumberland/Lynch Trail (Harlan County) – Proposed not sure
25.          Clover Fork Trail (Harlan County) – Proposed maybe
26.          Scotia Branch (Harlan and Letcher Counties) – Proposed maybe
32.          High Bridge (Jessamine County) – Proposed no
36.          Richmond Rail Trail (Madison County) – Proposed portion is existing
41.          Moorman to Livermore (McLean and Muhlenberg Counties) – Proposed    not sure
42.          Cathy Crockett Memorial Trail (McCreary and Pulaski Counties) – Existing/Proposed not
railbanked
44.          Oldham County Interurban Greenway (Oldham County) – Proposed no
45.          LaGrange Rail Trail (Oldham County) – Proposed  not sure
47.          North Fork Trail (Rowan County) – Proposed  no
49.          Morehead Trail (Rowan County) – Proposed  no
54.          Portage Trail (Warren County) – Proposed   not sure
56.          Western Kentucky Rail Trail (Webster and Union Counties) – Proposed  Railbanked

“Non-stock use of horse camps” Issue

“Non-stock use of horse camps” Issue
Fall 2014
The following is a procedure which BCHA is recommending so that we can gather data on
non-stock use of horse camps.  It applies primarily to federal land, but #4 also references
the issue on state land.  We have had problems reported for Carter Caves and for Pennyrile
State Park Horse camps.

If you report a problem on federal land as well to BCHA, please copy KyBCHA
(ginny.grulke@gmail.com)

1. States should collect lists of non-stock use of horse camps “occurrences” and send
them to [Executive Committee Member Darrell Wallace: dlwallace700@gmail.com>]
by [November 30th].

2. Each listed occurrence should include the approximate date, the name of the
location, the federal land management agency involved, a brief description of the
incident or occurrence, and a brief description of the land manager response, if any.

3. While states may include occurrences more than [3 years old], it is unlikely that
BCHA will transmit them to the federal land managers.

4. States may wish to inventory occurrences on state or county land at the same time
for local action in concert with the BCHA effort.

State presidents and others should be advised of the probable timetable and nature of any
BCHA action(s).  In the conference calls, some discussion of the desired information should
cover “include names of federal personnel?”, and any additional information (e.g., Don’s
description of the motorized-funded official’s response).

Nominate a Trail Warrior

Nominate a Trail Warrior

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Trail Blazer magazine is the only national-distributed magazine that has a section
dedicated to Trail Advocacy. Trail Savers is this feature I put together for each issue.
This column is a series of short vignettes on trail saving activities different
organizations have been involved with. What am I looking for? Trail work days,
efforts towards saving trails, how your organization is promoting equestrian trails,
etc. This is a great opportunity to shine the national spotlight on your trail
organization!  Send me the information (it doesn’t need to be a polished article), I
will rewrite it for the magazine. Or email me your newsletter and I will look it over
for potential articles. I also need photos to go with each vignette, so please do email
me photos that are high resolution for magazine printing. Usually the raw photos off
of the camera work best. Be sure and identify the folks in the photo too.

Trail Warrior is a short article in each issue that shines the spotlight on a person in
your organization that has been involved in trail saving efforts. To nominate
someone for Trail Warrior, send me the information of why this person deserves
this honor – about 300 words or less. Again, it doesn’t need to be a polished article. I
also need a good high resolution photo of the honoree, and the person’s address and
email address. Each person chosen to be Trail Warrior – receives a one year
complimentary subscription to Trail Blazer Magazine.

Terri Folks
Trail Advocacy Editor
Trail Blazer Magazine
www.trailblazermagazine.us
Voice/Fax (405) 340-6912

Mammoth Cave NP Chainsaw Training

Mammoth Cave NP Chainsaw Training

Oct. 2-3, 2014

The following people have completed Chainsaw Training at Mammoth Cave
Brandon Blanton;
Brenda Cecil;
Kevin Davis;
Doris Dorsey;
Jordan Dorsey;
Bonnie Jolly;
Bert Jolly;
Tracy Mitchell; and
Cyndi Williams.

The next class is scheduled Oct. 24-25, 2014.
It is open to Mammoth Cave BCH members.