Service

SERVICE

Back Country Horsemen of Missouri is first and foremost a service organization.  We volunteer our time and energies to keep equestrian trails open and enjoyable to horsemen.  We clear deadfall, prune low hanging branches, clear brush, pick up trash, improve trail heads and work on erosion control projects on Missouri’s public lands.

 

BCHMO Volunteer Contributions by Year

Monetary Value

2003….. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $34,243.85

2004 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $74,812.98**

2005 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $103,187.90

2006 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $139,737.67

2007 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $224,971.00

2008 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $188,024.71

2009 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $266,104.98

2010 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $177,260.83

2011 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . $203,389.88

2012 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $341,790.68

2013 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $268,531.04

2014 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $263,914.69

2015 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . $339,961.51

TOTAL VALUE    $2,625,932.20

 ** Estimated from 2004 hours and 2003 values

 

Contact MK Church for assistance with reporting hours  573-406-2566.
Submitted by MK Church, Service Committee Chair

Our efforts are done in coordination with numerous federal, state and local agencies to maximize the amount of equestrian and multi-use trails open to equestrians being maintained.  We place special emphasis on maintaining equestrian trails in wilderness and rough terrain areas where vehicles are not allowed or cannot reach.  Our efforts are especially valued by the agencies we support as their budgets have been cut.  Without our efforts, many equestrian trails would be closed due to lack of maintenance.  Our efforts have also contributed to our advocacy efforts, earning us a reputation as valued supporters of the agencies managing these public lands and a ‘seat at the table’ when there are public discussions about the future of public lands.

We have service projects sites throughout Missouri.  Some projects involve single work days, while others, such are the Ozark Trail, represent an on-going commitment.  Service projects are identified by BCHMO members, BCHMO Chapters or brought to our attention by land managers from the various agencies we support.

It was announced at the national board meeting that the total reported volunteerism for Back Country Horsemen of America for 2013 is $13,972,949.71.

If you are aware of worthy projects, please contact BCHMO or a near-by Chapter.  If you are interested in forming a new chapter in your community to ‘adopt’ a public equestrian trail, please contact us.