I am ashamed and apalled at the BLM’s plan to deciminate the wild horse herds all over the West. I am completely against their actions. Is it the cattle lobbyists strong network that spur them on? STOP IT!
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Gads, I remember that governmentese from my military personnel days. 😛 “Management opportunities” meaning “what haven’t we managed yet” instead of “what needs management and what should be left alone…”, etc. Ugh.
HOW DOES THIS WORK? DO THE COMMENTS HAVE TO BE DIFFERENT FROM THOSE ALREADY SENT IN THE LETTER? THERE IS SO MUCH TO OBJECT TO THAT I TEND TO CONDENSE AND LEAVE THE REST TO PEOPLE MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE THAN ME. I OBJECT TO THE CRUELTY, I OBJECT TO THE WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY AND I OBJECT TO THE LACK OF ACCURATE, TRUTHFUL INFORMATION. FOR ME, THAT PRETTY MUCH COVERS IT ALL.
On the page where you fill out your information for the letter, there’s a white box that says something about ‘add your comment here’ or something to that effect, and has a few already typed in comments. You just have to erase those and add your own.
Click on 2009 Commission Overview and History and go to page 4 of the resulting PDF.
It is a timetable that ends in 2010.
It would be great to have this explained because I am not sure exactly what the commission is/was or if it will continue and in what form — and it’s only one state; except it is the state with the most herd areas, right?
JANET–BOY, ARE YOU A GOOD DETECTIVE. PULLED UP THE WEBSITE AND READ IT–THE SENTENCE THAT BOTHERS ME IS “THE MAINTENANCE OF MANAGEMENT THROUGH GATHER EFFORTS”. SOUNDS ALL TOO FAMILIAR. AT THEIR LAST MEETING, IN OCTOBER, I SEE THAT THEY HAD ON THEIR AGENDA THE ROAM ACT WITH AN ASTERISK NEXT TO IT–MEANING A POSSIBLE DECISION TO TAKE ACTION. I WONDER WHAT ACTION? BET CRAIG DOWNER KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE ALL ABOUT.
HAS EVERYONE READ GEORGE KNAPP’S LETTER. IT’S ON THE AMERICAN HERDS WEBSITE. LOOK ON THE LEFT SIDE, WHERE THE CATAGORIES ARE–THE TITLE IS “GEORGE ANSWERS WILLIS”. HIS LETTER IS A LESSON IN JOURNALISM–ENJOY.
Janet and Louie, Thanks for finding this. Louie is a great understudy to the researchers! I believe that the letter I had and have had trouble finding again, is the same one that George Knapp replies to Willis Lamm about. The Knapp response is interesting by itself. I will keep looking for it. I did send it to Barb, Jo B., Suzanne, Jan E. so one of them might do us the honor of posting it? Or distribute it to JF?
The thing that keeps coming up is about horse people working against each other. Some of us are very unfamiliar with the advocates from other states. I had read this very expounding letter from Willis Lamm about the wild horse crisis and what was ‘really’ going on. It was interesting. Now, I can say it was in its layers of double speak. Thanks for finding George’s reply, Louie, it is quite the letter. Mar
Here’s my letter to the Advisory Board:
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I write you today to try to impress upon you the very urgent need for The Wild Horse and Burro Program of the Bureau of Land Management, as well as our elected officials, to TAKE A GIANT STEP BACK, stop this and all roundups scheduled for the current fiscal year, and EVALUATE the terrible damage your current range management practices have done, and continue to do, to the public lands, the living lands — whereon millions of cattle destroy the ecosystems and the wild equid (a tiny population in comparison) which is shown by science to be compatible and beneficial, along with many other species of animal and plants, including game animals, to these very ecosystems — are denied their place. You have allowed other interests, largely cattle interests, to fence the horses, thus changing their natural roaming behavior, to deny these horses water in some cases, and ruthlessly managed them with the apparent goal of extinction of their kind.
The following observations are from Craig Downer, ecologist (see source, below)
While Congress has passed clear laws and guidelines (Public Law 92-195) for the protection AND MANAGEMENT of the wild horses and burros as the principal presence on their ranges, the very important federal National Integrated Land System (NILS) data retrieval program FAILS TO INCORPORATE LIVESTOCK, BIG GAME and other overlapping uses within the wild equid Herd Areas and Herd Management Areas. Other uses within these areas (wilderness, mining claims, etc.) are incorporated. It has been estimated by Craig Downer (in his paper, “Forever Wild and Free”, presented at the Wild Horse Summit, Las Vegas, NV, 10/12/08, that over 98% of legal wild horse and burro areas are being grazed by livestock. Craig Downer also states that, upon analysis, there emerges an “effective displacement of the wild equids from at least 75%, or three fourths, of the public lands — both BLM and USFS — to which they are legally entitled as the “principal” presences to be managed for within these original Herd Areas.
Mr. Downer suggests consideration of a suggestion by the late Nancy Whittaker, of the Animal Protection Institute: “Her idea was that the government issue conservation permits in lieu of grazing permits in the legal wild horse/burro areas AS IN OTHER CATEGORIES SUCH AS WILDERNESS, and that the wild equid-supporting public be permitted to bid on these with the aim of freeing the herd areas of competing livestock, especially where in excess, among other conflictive interests.” Mr. Downer suggests that “this seems entirely fair and”. . . “her insightful proposal be pursued by regulatory and, if necessary, Congressional means.”
The public is not only losing its wild horses, we are watching you destroy the land, through your pro-cattle bias and your INABILITY to stand up to these interests and run the Wild Horse and Burro Program according to the law of the land presently protecting the wild horses and burros.
cc: (by hard copy) President Barak Obama; VP Joe Biden; Interior Secretary Salazar, Senator Christopher Bond; Senator MaCaskill; Bob Abbey
yep. that’s the same one. several people have reported that it was giving them the same message. i kept re-sending my emale & after a few hours, i didn’t get the “database full” message. hopefully that last one got through!