Thanks to Tractor Supply Co Corporate Sponsorship,
the STC was awarded a $8,000.00 step grant for trail improvement in the Shawnee National Forest.
This past year several members of the Shawnee Trail Conservancy worked with members of the US Forest Service from the Hidden Springs/Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District to seek funding to help defray the cost of making improvements within the Shawnee National Forest.
At this time we are pleased to announce we have received a grant for $8,000 from STEP to make trail improvements in the Bay Creek Watershed of the Shawnee National Forest. This area lies west of Eddyville near Hayes Creek and several of the trails in this area were badly in need of relocation and/or repair.
The STEP acronym stands for Stewards for Trails, Education and Partnerships. This program represents a joint project between the American Quarter Horse Association and Tractor Supply Company. This program was originally known as Trail Trotters and represented a joint effort between the Equestrian Land Conservation Resource and the National Forest Foundation. It was set up to help develop increased participation in trail stewardship among equine groups and help develop a better relationship between trail users and land managers. Since 2007 sponsorship of the program has been directed by the AQHA and renamed STEP to better identify the purpose of the program. Tractor Supply Company has been a partner since then and provides the funding to keep the program running.
The Shawnee Trail Conservancy and the US Forest Service continue to work together to make the Shawnee National Forest the premier trail riding area in the mid-west. Hopefully by the time the next newsletter is published, we will have additional news regarding improvements we were able to help achieve.