Equine Land Conservation Resource leads in the protection & conservation of lands for all horse-related activities. Working to conserve lands so that the emotional, physical and economic benefits of mankind's bond with the horse remain accessible to all.
Agricultural, forest and other lands are dwindling at the rate of 6,000 acres each day. Considering that it is estimated that it will take 36,000,000 acres to feed the 9 million horses in the U.S, land loss is the single greatest threat to horse sport, industry and recreation in the United States.
ELCR advances the conservation of land for horse-related activities. We answer the question "Where will you ride, drive, race, compete, raise foals and grow hay?" by providing information, resources and networking opportunities for horsemen on the following topics:
Farmland Protection (farm conservation easements/restrictions, purchase of development rights)
Community Land Use Planning
Equine Economic Development
Land Stewardship/Best Management Practices
At ELCR, we consult with individuals, communities, horse parks, and equine organizations on these issues. Our Equestrian Partners, a membership program for organizations, represents the conservation-minded members of the horse world - breeding; media; competition and discipline; equestrian parks and facilities; land conservation and stewardship; recreational riding and driving; government; and commercial. Over 1 million individuals are represented by 126 partner organizations. ELCR also regularly produces educational publications to help individuals and organizations conserve land for horse activity in their communities.