Randy Rasmussen is the Advisor for Public Lands & Recreation, Back Country Horsemen of America.
Randy Rasmussen has been BCHA’s Advisor for Public Lands & Recreation since 2012. He assists BCHA’s 30 state organizations to advance initiatives and strengthen partnerships that promote the sustained use and enjoyment of the back country and Wilderness “by horsemen and the general public commensurate with our heritage.” This includes recognition of the unique national “birthright” enjoyed by all Americans—where every citizen enjoys partial ownership of an unparalleled system of national public lands.
Randy’s work includes strengthening BCHA’s partnerships with the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management. He is a key player in BCHA’s efforts to promote solutions to the trail maintenance crisis on our national forests and works closely with regional and national partners to demonstrate a groundswell of public support for the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act, H.R. 845 / S. 1110, introduced this year in Congress.
Prior to joining BCHA, Randy was senior policy manager for American Hiking Society where he coordinated and unified the recreation community’s response to land use and “travel management” plans undertaken by national forests and the BLM throughout Oregon. Both in this role and on behalf of BCHA today, Randy applies policy analysis, grassroots organizing, science and economics to advocate for the protection of wildlands and traditional quiet recreational uses. He earned a Master’s degree from Colorado State University in Natural Resources and Recreation, with an emphasis on Wilderness Management, and worked during his graduate program as a seasonal ranger in western Colorado for both the BLM and U.S. Forest Service.
Randy will participate in the lunch discourse on the Public Land Transfer Movement on Th., Oct. 8.