National and international sustainable management organisations/projects
Horses, land and water is an Australian website about caring for your land and your
horses www.horseslandwater.comHorses Land and Water is a Community of Practice,
this is a group of like-minded people who share information about a set range of
topics, in this case, horse keeping and good land management practices. This Community
of Practice uses four key ways to engage horse owners and horse property managers
with each other to share collective knowledge and experiences
the HorsesLandWater Action Planner & Management Guideline for free download
promotion of workshops & field days relating to managing horse properties
direction to information resources for free or to be purchased
links to websites, mentors & peers
Please contact the HorsesLandWater team for any comments, feedback or ideas for research
or new resources.
Waterwatch Australia www.waterwatch.org.auis a national community water quality
monitoring network that encourages all Australians to become involved and active
in the protection and management of their waterways and catchments. There are now
nearly 3000 Waterwatch groups monitoring water quality at over 7000 sites throughout
200 catchments. Waterwatch groups conduct biological and habitat assessments plus
physical and chemical water tests. Over time, Waterwatch groups can determine if
the health of their waterways and catchments are improving, declining or being maintained.
The Waterwatch network is made up of individuals, community groups, and school groups.
Local Waterwatch facilitators and coordinators support the community to understand,
protect and restore waterway and catchment health. If you are interested in joining
or starting a Waterwatch group contact your local Waterwatch facilitator or coordinator.
Have a look on the website for regional contacts etc.
Landcare Australia www.landcareaustralia.com.auis an amazing grass roots movement
that harnesses individuals and groups under the ethic of caring for the land. It
had its genesis in initiatives to improve agricultural productivity through sustainable
land management. The movement has grown from this to a broader focus on sustainable
management of all of Australia’s natural resource assets and now encompasses individuals
and groups across the whole landscape from coastal to urban and remote areas of Australia.
With over 6000 Landcare and Coastcare groups nationwide there is likely to be a group
near you, possibly working on a project right under your nose. Click here for a Landcare
case-study on achievable intensive horsekeeping.
Greening Australia www.greeningaustralia.org.auwelcomes everyone committed to protecting
and restoring the health, diversity and productivity of our unique landscapes. If
you're ready to get out and get active for the environment, Greening Australia has
a world of ways to address critical environment issues.
Landcare New Zealand www.landcare.org.nzNZ Landcare Trust works with farmers, landowners
and community groups to improve the sustainability of the landscapes and waterways.
Victoria - Australia
Yarra Valley Equestrian Landcare Groupfacebook page This is the first equine Landcare
group in Australia that we are aware of - any others that you know of? Here is an
article that appeared in the Victorian Landcare Magazine Winter Issue 2011 about
the formation of the group - click here.
The Sustainable Land Management Program, Whittlesea - rural landowners can access
support which includes:
Environmental Works Grants
The Sustainable Land Management Rebate Scheme
Rural property owners can get free on-site advice from our Sustainable Land Management
Officers, who also arrange land management field days throughout the year. These
events are free to the public and are advertised in the local press and community
The Victorian Landcare Gateway website has links and information to regional and
local Landcare groups and contacts www.landcarevic.net.auThis website is particularly
useful for those wondering who to contact in their local area about Landcare type
issues. It is also useful for listing upcoming Victorian events to do with Landcare.
New South Wales - Australia
The Hunter - Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority (CMA) can provide you
with technical advice and financial assistance to better manage the natural resources
of your property; including soils, water and vegetation if you live in the Hunter,
Central Coast or Lower North Coast regions of New South Wales. For more information
visit the website www.hcr.cma.nsw.gov.au
Bellinger Landcare Incorporatedwww.bellingerlandcare.org.auis a community based
not for profit organisation supporting community initiatives and involvement in natural
resource management in Bellingen Shire and beyond.
We offer landholders a whole range of land management services including -
Advice on processes, organisation and legal matters in environmental restoration.
Liaison between landholders, government and technical experts.
Management, coordination and/or advice for on-ground projects.
Facilitation and planning for environmental conservation works and projects.
Assistance for landholders to secure funding for on-ground environmental works.
USA - Sustainable Stables www.sustainablestables.com is an organization of equestrian
and environmental professionals dedicated to sustainable, environmentally-sensitive
USA - Horses for Clean Water www.horsesforcleanwater.com reading Alayne Bickle’s
work was one of the driving forces behind my interest in sustainable horse management.
FRANCE - Marthe Kiley-Worthington, scientist and author of books about horse behaviour
and welfare. Now runs an Eco Farm and Research Centre in France www.eco-etho-recherche.com.
CANADA - The University of Guelph www.equineguelph.ca has a Healthy Lands for Healthy
Horses equine stewardship program which addresses specific challenges and opportunities
facing the expanding equine community.
USA - The Quivira Coalition"The mission of The Quivira Coalition is to build resilience
by fostering ecological, economic and social health on western landscapes through
education, innovation, collaboration, and progressive public and private land stewardship."
USA - Holistic Management www.holisticmanagement.org is a whole-farm planning system
that benefits the land, animals, and people. The system incorporates values-based
goal setting, the appropriate use of tools as well as financial, land, and biological
planning and monitoring. It’s in use today on more than 30 million acres on four
USA - BEHAVE is a research and outreach program that explores the principles of animal
behavior. Our primary focus is on diet and habitat selection of livestock. Understanding
how animals learn will enable us to train animals to fit our landscapes rather than
having to modify our landscapes to fit our animals. Using grazing as a tool will
reduce our use of expensive machinery, fossil fuels and toxic herbicides. By understanding
how animals learn we can use their natural behaviors to manage weeds, enhance biodiversity,
improve feeding systems, minimize use of riparian areas and much more. www.extension.usu.edu/behave
Recommended reading (books/publications)
AUS - Manure, water and vegetation on a horse property Jane Myers and Stuart Myers
(2011) Equiculture. This publication shows you how to deal with these important issues
on a horse property. Good management of all three areas will enhance the environment
for yourself, your horses and for wildlife.
AUS - Horse property planning Jane Myers and Stuart Myers (2011) Equiculture. Plan
your property so that it benefits you, your horses and the environment. Both publications
available as ebooks or in a printed version. See our bookshop for more information.
USA -Equestrian Design Guidebook for Trails, Trailheads, and Campgrounds, (USA).
Well designed trails go a long way in ensuring that trail riding is an enjoyable
experience with minimal impacts to the surrounding environment. One great resource
for sustainable trail design is this book by Jan Hancock, Jeff Engelman, and Jim
Coffman which includes a section on environmental concerns. A free online version
of the book is available here.
UK - See also the websiteThe Konik Ponies of Wicken Fenfor more information about
the above project and check out the photo gallery from our own visit. There is also
a page about the Highland Cattle on this site which are an important part of the
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