The Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) is proud to announce that it has been awarded a grant from the Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation to promote best management practices for farm and ranch land stewardship. The funds will be used to produce and disseminate materials that educate horsemen and women, horse farm and ranch owners, and the general public of the need for low impact, sustainable methods and practices in the use and management of horse lands.

The Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation aims to make a critical difference on the planet by giving voice to those who wish to be part of the many worthy forces for change in the world. The grant fits the Foundation’s goal by enabling the ELCR to produce learning modules aimed at dealing with issues of concern to those who own, manage, and enjoy horse lands, including horsemen and women, and farm and ranch owners and managers.

The educational materials will deal directly with the issues of:

  • Storm Water Quality and Quantity;
  • Manure Management;
  • Wildlife Friendly Fencing; and
  • Air Quality.

"All of us connected with ELCR are honored that the Dougherty Foundation has chosen us for this grant," said Deb Balliet, CEO of the ELCR. "These funds will help us promote our mission of protecting the lands that are of primary concern to those involved in equestrian sport, horse recreation, and the equine industry. This assistance from the Dougherty Foundation will allow us to effectively reach many more people who, through our educational outreach, can have a positive impact on lands of concern to those in the equine community."