We are in most interesting times. I hope everyone is well and staying healthy.
We are experiencing a summer where we have been limited with the activities we are allowed to participate in. Hopefully over the coming months this will change.
I had a conversation with the Deschutes Trail Coordinator on Friday, June 19th. In this conversation we talked about how this will open up in the near future. Our organization will probably have to sign new OF301a forms. We will also have to present to the Forest Supervisor and get an approved mitigation plan to assure we are following guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. I will be working on this and hopefully by the time this article is out you have received a draft copy for review and input.
The Forest Service is still working from home only and only in the office under special circumstances. At this time and hopefully by the time you read this things will have started to open up and allowing us back in the field. At this time no group activities or events are allowed, no individual field work is allowed. I know everyone is getting impatient and wants to get activities going. Be patient we will get there. The Forest Service is still not sure when staff will be allowed back to normal work schedules in the office. I’m still concerned we may have another shut down with stay at home orders, I hope not and things keep opening up.
EVERYONE STAY HEALTHY AND SAFE.
Back Country Horsemen of Oregon is a nonprofit organization focused exclusively on ensuring public lands throughout Oregon remain accessible to equestrians. Through our principals we advocate for private recreational pack and saddle stock use of all public lands and the stewardship of those lands. The Back Country Horsemen of America is the only national organization that promotes the use of private recreational pack and saddle stock use on our public lands.