At the prompting of BCHA and allies that include the American Horse Council, last month the Forest Service national office circulated a memo to all national forests and national grasslands titled “Recommended Best Practices for Managing Stock Use Sites at Developed Campgrounds.” A copy of that memo can be found here.

There is a growing concern that non-equine campers have discovered campgrounds or sites that are intended for use only by campers with equines. As a result, these campgrounds are filling with non-equine campers, leaving campers with equines with no place to stay. As you’re camping this summer, if you see non-horse campers in horse sites, BCHA asks that you document the incident so they can use the information to support the development of a formal rule allowing only those with stock to camp in horse camps. They’re asking you to fill out this form: