Back Country Horsemen of America is an organization of recreational stock users committed to the perpetuation of the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America's back country and Wilderness. Membership is drawn from a diverse geographical area ranging from rural to urban areas. Back Country Horsemen has organizations in 11 Western states with Alaska being the newest member state. Over 8,500 members are divided among 75 Chapters in these states. Educational programs include: Tread Lightly, Gentle Use, Back Country Etiquette and Minimum Impact Horse Camping. Service is a key componet of Back Country Horsemen philosophy with nearly one-million dollars of documented volunteer work on public lands in 1993.