Educate, encourage and solicit active participation in the wise use of backcountry resource by horsemen

Training at the Free Wilderness Skills Packing Clinic

The fourth mission statement of the Back Country Horsemen organization is;

                                    To educate, encourage and solicit active participation in the wise use of the backcountry resource by horsemen and the general                                     public commensurate with our heritage.

This is one of the main purposes Back Country Horsemen was founded on. We promote, actively teach and support Leave No Trace ethics for all aspects of our state and federal public lands.

The improper use of stock on public lands can have a lasting effect on our fragile backcountry; through education we encourage the wise use of these resources. The Back Country Horsemen LNT training program provides guidelines for protecting the backcountry while still taking in all its natural beauty. Leave No Trace is about preserving our privilege to use stock on public lands by learning to minimize our impacts as much as possible. Training includes: how to plan and prepare for traveling and camping with horses and mules with the least impact, how to select a durable camp site while respecting wildlife and other users.

For more information read Leave No Trace Principals for Horsemen.