June 9 at 11:59 PM is the final day of the "Keeping Trails Open for You" fundraising campaign on Indiegogo.com. The goal of $50,000 has already been passed, with the amount reaching $62,842 so far for the non-profit Back Country Horseman of America.
Why the campaign? "Because our trails on public lands need you.
"Like you, the men and women of Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA) care about protecting and sustaining a safe and accessible outdoor experience for our families and future generations. But we can't do it alone. We count on our partners and you to help us preserve access to public lands. In 2012, only 37% of the 158,000 miles of National Forest Service trails received basic maintenance. Only one-quarter of these trails meet standard regulation for public use.
Gaps of investment, oversight, and maintenance point to a future with fewer sustainable trails in our 144 National Forests.
The funds from this campaign will increase BCHA's capacity to drive a national campaign to address the growing trail maintenance backlog on our public lands. BCHA, along with partner The Wilderness Society, have become the catalyst of a national discussion with Congress, agency leaders and the nation's recreation community regarding solutions for keeping trails open and enjoyable for everyone--hikers, hunters, anglers, bird-watchers, bicyclists and horsemen alike! With our decades-long track record of volunteerism and "sweat equity" in keeping America's trails open for you, BCHA's crowdfunding effort will secure our role in the campaign to secure sustainable solutions to the Nation's trail maintenance crisis."
All monies above $50,000 received will be split 50/50 with BCH state organizations and chapters via the BCHA Education Foundation.
To donate on today's last day, see https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/keeping-trails-open-for-you-back-country-horsemen-of-america.
For more information on the Back Country Horsemen, see http://www.backcountryhorse.com/