STEWARDSHIP

" If we hope to preserve our way of life, the first thing we must do is rediscover our respect for the land, the water and the entire natural world.  And if we do manage to regain that respect, then we must make sure that human beings never lose it again."       -- Lois Hole

The act of stewardship is a different thing to different people.  The act of stewardship defines the Rainbow Equitation Society's role as Partners in Conservation and as Albertans for Responsible Outdoor Recreation.  It means that respect is demonstrated for all of the things mentioned in the quote from Lois Hole and more.

For over thirty years our Society has been a partner in the Province of Alberta's Volunteer Stewards Program.  This program encourages us to observe, record and report all that takes place on the Natural Areas in our charge.  This is an act of stewardship.

Our Society is the operator of over 20 kms of hiking and riding trails that winds through the landscape that we steward. These trails are there for the education and enjoyment of the community and visitors alike.  They represent part of our heritage and our way of life.  Our Society is responsible for the repair, maintenance and restoration of these trails.  This is an act of stewardship.

Since 2007 the Rainbow Equitation Society members have been the official stewards for the Natural Conservancy of Canada's Ghost Horse Hills property.  We support the NCC by providing eyes and ears on their behalf.  We provide volunteer hours, equipment and materials that see to the protection and preservation of this land in its natural state.  This is an act of stewardship.

All of the land that the Society stewards (over 1400 acres) borders on privately held properties.  The Society practices a good neighbor policy.  This policy puts an emphasis on preventing trespass and vandalism.  Fencing and fire-smarting strategies are used to ensure that our activities harmonize with our neighbors.  This is an act of stewardship.

Every year our site hosts hundreds of visits.  Our society is charged with doing all it can to make these visits safe and enjoyable.  We post safety rules and regulations; maintain our site to ensure the safety of people and livestock and develop safety and emergency strategies that are exemplary.  This is an act of stewardship.

Planning for the future is an act of stewardship.  To this end, we work with our partners to ensure that we are doing all that can be done through educational programs and advocacy.  Our goal is to preserve a way of life that is tied to the land, the water and all that exists in the natural world and to assist in encouraging respect for all living things - not just the big things but the little things as well.  This is an act of stewardship.


 
 
Here is a sample of the little things that we care for. 
Nature Tour Vimy School.  --"little people with big minds"

Nature Tour Vimy School. --"little people with big minds"

A little thing with a big name - "Canadian Toad" at home in the Ghost Horse Hills.

A little thing with a big name - "Canadian Toad" at home in the Ghost Horse Hills.

Cedar Waxwing pushed out of the nest too early.

Cedar Waxwing pushed out of the nest too early.

Small gems with a big taste - blueberries

Small gems with a big taste - blueberries