Apply for Trail Conservation Funding

Horse enthusiasts are encouraged to volunteer their time to preserve trails and apply for trail conservation funding by August 15.

Grant applications for STEP are due by August 15.

Grant applications for Stewards for Trails, Education and Partnerships are due by August 15. STEP, a program under the American Quarter Horse Association is designed to encourage good stewardship and conservation of recreational riding trails.

The program’s mission is to promote equestrian involvement in the restoration, repair and establishment of trails. STEP hopes to unify horseback riders and other trail users in an effort to build and strengthen relationships between local equestrian communities, the forest service and other land managers for the long-term stewardship of trails.

Each year, AQHA encourages horse enthusiasts to volunteer their time and resources to trail maintenance and development of public and private land. This can include anything from clearing shrubs or branches on existing trails to developing new trails altogether.

Groups or individuals can organize and complete trail conservation projects on any public and/or private land. Simply coordinate with your trail’s land manager, register your project with AQHA and then head to the trails.

Anyone who enjoys horseback riding on trails and wants to see these trails preserved for years to come is welcome to participate. Trail conservation projects are great for riding clubs, 4-H groups and youth organizations.

Funding is available for a variety of trail conservation activities. Projects will be funded based on community involvement and sustainability of trail design. Applications must be received by AQHA on or before August 15 to be considered for funding. Download a printable application.

For more information on STEP or to apply for a grant, visit www.aqha.com/step.

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