Tractor Supply sponsors trail conservation program
Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 8:01 pm
Tractor Supply Company recently announced it will serve as the sponsor of an American Quarter Horse Association trail conservation program.
STEP (Stewards for Trails, Education and Partnerships) will allow individuals to submit trail conservation project proposals nationwide. A committee consisting of officials from AQHA, Tractor Supply, Equestrian Land Conservation Resource and National Forest Service will review each individual proposal, select the individual projects for funding and assist in organizing volunteers for the completion of the approved projects.
Projects will be selected based on the potential for the amount of impact for trail sustainability and community involvement. Forms for submitting trail conservation projects and additional information can be found at www.ridegreen.aqha.com.
“Tractor Supply’s sponsorship of this program enables us to build and strengthen our relationship with equestrian groups and horse owners,” said Jonathan Swiskow, director of marketing at Tractor Supply. “As the sponsor, we hope to not only preserve riding trails for our customers, but also stress the importance of environmental stewardship and land conservation for future generations.”
Additional benefits of STEP include helping national land managers recruit volunteers for trail stewardship, educating equestrians to be effective advocates for trail stewardship, maintaining goals for trails and trailheads with land management, improving stewardship of land owned by horseman adjacent to or critical to national land, and building and/or strengthening relationships between local equestrian communities and land managers for long-term stewardship of trails, trailheads and campgrounds.
Published in The Messenger 5.12.09
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