We are much more than trail rides and events. We strive to be a dynamic organization with educational and enjoyable meetings, trail maintenance, and more!
Back Country Horsemen of Washington (BCHW - our parent organization) is a 501 (c) 3 organization with 31 chapters across the state dedicated to: keeping trails open for all users; educating horse/stock users in Leave-No-Trace practices; and providing volunteer service to resource agencies.
We are networked with Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA), in 32 other states. Come join us for good friendship, good information, volunteer opportunities and a chance to make a difference!
BCHW is affiliated with the Back Country Horsemen of America and therefore adopts the BCHA mission statement as follows:
1. To perpetuate the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s back country and wilderness. 2. To work to insure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use. 3. To assist the various government and private agencies in their maintenance and management of said resource. 4. 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. 5. To foster and encourage the formation of new chapters in the state organization.
Adopt A Park - Island County Chapter BCHW partners with Island County Parks and Recreation to Maintain Putney Woods Trails on South Whidbey.
Island County Chapter members volunteer for trail maintenance projects for Putney Woods, Kettles Trails, Greenbank Farm trails, Trillium and other areas on Island County and beyond. Volunteer trail maintenance hours are a valuable resource to our community and while county and state resources are stretched, these hours of trail maintenance (as well as monetary donations) are the difference that keep trails open and accessible.
BCHW strives to keep trails open for ALL USERS, not just horses and mules. SPREAD THE WORD.