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					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).

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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.