Horsemen of North Georgia (BCHNG) is one of four Georgia chapters –
and one of nearly 200 across the country – of our 13,000- member
strong national organization, Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA).
BCH members provide a united, strong voice for equestrian access to
sustainable trails on public lands. Working collaboratively with
other trail users and land managers, BCHNG has played an integral
role in the CoTrails Initiative of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National
Forests, participating in decision and management processes.
A Special Important Message to BCHNWG Members and Friends:
Attached are the Chattahoochee Oconee National Forests (CONF) planned basic volunteer training schedule and registration form for fiscal year 2015 (Oct.-Sept). Anyone wanting to take FS offered FREE training/certification MUST pre-register and be approved by the District (Karen Larsen is our contact). You must complete the form attached and send it to Karen, and let our BCHNWG President know of your intent.
Note also that anyone taking Chainsaw or Crosscut training/certification MUST ALSO have a valid Basic First Aid/CPR card that is acceptable to the Forest Service. One may not take these classes without showing valid first aid and CPR cards. The attendance number is limited for all classes so you should register as soon as you are confident that you can take the specific class.
We need to resolve with Karen about certification for new chainsaw volunteers. The chainsaw classes are listed as one day, but normally that is for re-certification. Initial certification normally requires two days. So we need to resolve that as we likely will have some folks needing initial certification.
It is vital that BCHNWG has some folks certified to use a chainsaw on our Forest trails. So I ask our members to please take this seriously and give some time and effort to obtain or retain certification. From my experiences, the classes are beneficial to participants and are oriented to the volunteer work we do.
With approval, one may take any CONF listed class, so you may take the class in other FS Districts which will be a longer distance to travel. But you will still need pre-approval by Karen Larsen as she will need to clear your attendance with the other FS District.
I will be glad to handle any questions you may have.