KALISPELL, Mont. -

Forty years ago, four men from Columbia Falls sat around a campfire and created the Back Country Horsemen of the Flathead. This weekend, their legacy comes full circle.

Back Country Horsemen of America are hosting their annual convention April 5-7. Organizers say the founding fathers created the group to protect trail use in The Bob Marshall Wilderness. The Flathead chapter carries in food and tools on horseback for the Forest Service and other organizations looking to visit The Bob.

"I just have a real passion just to be on the horses and go," said Flathead chapter president Andy Breland. "If someone wants to come from another part of the world or the east coast and clear trail for a week, why can't I pack them in and make their lives a little bit easier. They're opening the trails I like to ride on."

For more on the Back Country Horsemen of Montana, visit their website.