ACROSS THE INDUSTRY
NATIONAL PARKS SERVICE JOINS EQUESTRIAN LAND CONSERVATION RESOURCE IN PARTNER PROGRAM; EQUESTRIANS NATIONWIDE TO BENEFIT
The Equestrian Land Conservation Resource is pleased to welcome the National Park Service as a Premiere Equestrian Partner.
The National Park Service is the primary steward for national parks, a network of nearly 400 natural, cultural and recreational sites across the nation. Beyond national parks, the National Park Service helps communities across America preserve and enhance important local heritage and close-to-home recreational opportunities.
The National Park Service offers grants and assistance with registering, recording and saving historic places, creating community parks and local recreation facilities, conserving rivers and streams and developing trails and greenways. The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program, also known as the Rivers & Trails Program or RTCA, is the community assistance arm of the National Park Service. RTCA staff provides technical assistance to community groups and nonprofit organizations, community groups, tribes or tribal governments, and local, State or federal government agencies so they can conserve rivers, preserve open space, and develop trails and greenways. The RTCA program implements the natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation mission of the National Park Service in communities across America.
ELCR is in the process of signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Parks Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program. The MOU will benefit horsemen and equine organizations across the country by developing joint education programs and raising awareness of NPS RTCA’s resources. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/rtca and click on “your region contact us”. RTCA programs and projects are not limited to geography within National Parks. Contact your regional representative to learn how you might work together or apply for a technical assistance grant.
"The Equestrian Lands Conservation Resource has become a national leader in conserving open space and preserving equestrian trail access," says Rick Potts, NPS chief of Conservation and Outdoor Recreation. "The new partnership agreement between ELCR and the National Park Service formally recognizes the long-standing cooperative efforts through the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program, helping local communities conserve their natural and cultural resources and develop opportunities for outdoor recreation."
The Equestrian Partners Program is a growing coalition of organizations from across the country that are committed to helping ELCR fulfill its mission of conserving land and access for all equines. Despite their diverse interests and activities, our Partner members recognize that with land in the U.S. being developed at the rate of 250 acres per hour, the future of our lives with horses as we know it know is in dire jeopardy. Equestrian Partners network through ELCR and promote ELCR’s mission to their various members, constituents, donors, etc. If your organization would like to join national efforts to save land for horses, visit www.elcr.org, or call (859) 455-8383 for more information.