FREE! Tour Three Coastside Horse Ranches
See what they’re doing to improve water quality at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.
People who treasure the tide pools at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and Coastside residents concerned about marine water quality are invited to a March 9 open house and site tour of three upstream horse ranches. Two are in Moss Beach and one in Montara. Tours are from 10 am to noon. RSVP to Holly Van Houten, at 650-712-7765 ext. 104 or email@example.com.
Ranch managers, working with the Livestock and Land Program, recently made significant improvements that protect stream water quality, preserve the health of the horses, and are smart investments for the property owners.
“We invite you to come see what your fellow equestrians and upstream neighbors are doing to improve the water quality of the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve,” said Kellyx Nelson, executive director of the San Mateo County Resource Conservation District (RCD). “We’re excited to show you the innovative ways they’re managing their ranches.”
The Livestock and Land Program helps horse and livestock owners understand and apply Best Management Practices (BMPs) on their properties. Using BMPs can improve water quality and provide other benefits to property owners. Smart management decreases erosion and the creation of dust and mud. It also decreases manure runoff to local streams. Owners enjoy lower maintenance costs, higher property values, and improved community relations. The ranchland is enhanced, becomes more beautiful, and is safer for horses, livestock and people.
This event is hosted by the owners of the ranches and the San Mateo County RCD. The Livestock and Land Program is a partnership among the RCD, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Ecology Action of Santa Cruz. Funding for the improvements and the tour come from the State Water Resources Control Board. Addresses and directions to the three ranches will be provided when you RSVP to Holly Van Houten with San Mateo County RCD at 650-712-7765 ext. 104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tour Three Horse Ranches
Time: 10 AM to Noon
Date: March 9, 2013
Place: Moss Beach and Montara, California
To RSVP and for more information: Holly Van Houten, email@example.com, 650-712-7765 ext. 104.