Equestrians: Report your 2010 access issues on federal land
December 17, 2010
The American Horse Council (AHC) is continuing its effort to collect information on access issues equestrians are experiencing on federal lands. The centerpiece of this effort is an online form equestrians can use to report their personal experiences regarding trails that have been closed to them or other access issues on federal land. This online form is located at http://www.horsecouncil.org/survey.php.
Shortly, the AHC will be publishing a 2010 Report on Equestrian Access on Federal Land. It is vital that all equestrians report their experiences on federal land, good and bad. Equestrians need to relay their 2010 experiences to the AHC by the end of the year so they can be included in the 2010 report. This information is vital to AHC efforts to protect equestrian recreation on federal land.
Last February, the AHC released its first report on Equestrian Access on Federal Land. The 2009 report provided a brief overview of the responses the AHC received from equestrians to its ongoing access survey in 2009. The report can be viewed and downloaded on the “Recreation Issues” page on the AHC Web site.
The AHC began its effort to collect information regarding equestrian access issues on federal lands in July of 2009. This effort was prompted by a growing concern among recreational riders around the country that they were seeing a reduction in the number of trails and trail heads open to equestrians on federal land.
Hundreds of thousands of Americans use horses and pack stock to enjoy America’s great outdoors each year. However, it is an experience that cannot be enjoyed without access to public land, trail systems, and trailheads.
The AHC uses the survey and the year-end report to illustrate some of the challenges facing recreational riders. Our federal land mangers work hard to provide recreational opportunities and we need to make sure they have adequate information about what some equestrians are experiencing. The annual report on Equestrian Access on Federal Land is just one part of our efforts to ensure equestrians continue to have recreational opportunities on federal land.