To Contact Portneuf River Back Country use this email address
or contact an officer listed at the bottom of the page.
Wilderness First Aid Course (see Programs Page) has been cancelled. The Chain Saw Class has been rescheduled for May. The purpose of the chain saw class is to become certified for chain saw use during sanctioned volunteer work in national forests. For the purposes of the Back Country Horsemen it would be to cut trees during trail clearing for which the Chapter would have a written and signed agreement with the Forest Service.
Here is a nice video about mountain bike etiquette (https://youtu.be/gFj3J6YIlzo)
Idaho is blessed with thousands of square miles of open public land. However, access to the back country is by a network of fragile trails. Just as our roads need constant repair so do back country trails. When trails become washed out or blocked by natural downfall and overgrowth, people stop using them. Under use of a trail is as bad as over use. Horse back riders, hikers, back packers, mountain bikers, and trail runners, all share the same trail. PRBCH would like to promote cooperation among these trail users through planning, volunteer service, public education, and negotiation with government agencies.
The Federal government owns 61.6% of Idaho, only exceeded a little bit by Utah 64.9%, and a lot by Alaska 84.9%. Idaho has the greatest percent of its land in national forests 38.2%. And, while only 2.58% of the lower continental United States is designated as wilderness, Idaho contains 4.8 million acres of wilderness, 3rd largest in the U.S..