President's Monthly Message

October, 2017

Dennis Serpa (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.

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(Our President writes a message every month for the newsletter.)