Conservation on the Ground – Storybook Farms in Lee County Gets RC&D Grant by Anne Miller, District Administrative Coordinator, Lee County, AL A Mid-South Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council grant was awarded to Storybook Farms through the cooperation of the Lee County RC&D Committee, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Opelika Office, and the Lee County Soil and Water Conservation District (LCSWCD). Storybook Farms provides weekly therapeutic horseback riding in a safe environment for children suffering from debilitating John Wild (r), president of the Auburn and Opelika Convention Visitors illnesses and for those Bureau and a member of the local Lee County RC&D Committee, presents an RC&D grant to Deana Doughterty, founder and executive enduring bereavement director of Storybook Farms. Also pictured is Jason Gardner (l), NRCS situations. This therapy is District Conservationist; and Wyspr Key, student volunteer. offered at no cost to the family. Storybook Farms’ goal is to provide an outlet that will have a positive impact on each individual that participates. The Mid-South RC&D grant will be used for fencing materials for the 100 foot by 200 foot arena. The children use this area to learn handling and riding skills and the horses are regularly exercised there as well. Storybook Farms is an all volunteer organization and all donations benefit the program directly. Storybook Farms is also working with Jason Gardner, NRCS District Conservationist, Opelika Field Office, to provide cross fencing for rotational grazing and critical area planting with assistance from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternate means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact the USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC, 20250-9410, or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.