The FEHT project began in 2022 and a state appropriation of $350,000 was obtained, but vetoed by the Governor. The project was officially endorsed by the BCHFL Board earlier this month and we will move forward together with a new strategy to make it a reality.
That is just one of the many projects BCHFL and its chapters will be working on. Our chapters are adding new trail miles, maintaining existing trails, advocating for trails, educating the public about equestrian trail use and safety, and working with our many land managers to accomplish mutual goals. BCHFL is unique in the number of land managers we work with – federal, state, regional, and local, because Florida is unique with their aggressive land purchase and management programs.
BCHFL is well connected to BCHA through the national board representation by Truman Prevatt, the BCHA Southeast Public Lands Committee by Karen Pando and me, and through our association with chapters in other states, such as those in Wyoming. We do have an opening for another representative on the national board, so if you would like to be considered for that, please let me know.
We will have another Board call in the last quarter of this year and each quarter thereafter to stay abreast of BCH activities. Please put Kathy Thompson on your newsletter mailing list, so we can highlight your accomplishments on our web page.
I am passionate about trails and have been riding trails all my life. I know you are too or you would not be a BCH member! Together, we will keep up the great work already started and make Florida trails the best they can be for equestrians!