President's Monthly Message
(Left) Dennis Serpa, doing what he loves best.
Greetings Mid Valley members,
I just got home from our fall BCHC meeting. It
was a busy day covering all of the regular things that need to be handled
plus some new additions to our bylaws. We had some good insight from Bruce
DeMott about the purity issue in the wilderness manual that he had worked on
for many years. He thinks the time is right to, again, take the issue to the
Forest Service to complete what they had agreed to do years ago. The Board
agreed and will pursue getting the word "purity" taken out of the wilderness
manual. This has many ramifications as to how they manage and care for the
forests. Our BCHA's Public Lands and Recreation advisor, Randy Rasmussen, was
invited to our meeting to enlighten us on the current issues on a national
level. Randy visits Washington DC two or three times a year to take our
issues to the Congressmen and gave us some contacts to make concerning the
Bikes in Wilderness Bill HR1349. Randy has made many presentations to various
groups, spreading the word about the benefits of what we do with our
education and work projects.
Going to these day-long meetings sometimes makes you wonder if you're
doing any good. But we all get a reminder that we are making a difference out
there when we get the perspective of outside people commenting that they have
heard of all the good works of BCHA.
Please check out the
bcha.org website and you can find a wealth of
information on all the aspects of our parent organization. If you can't find
what you need or see something that needs attention, please let us know.
(Our President writes a message every month for the newsletter.)