Twin Peaks Comments Due by March 5th

2,058 Wild Horses & Burros Targeted For California Roundup slated to begin on 8/11/10 – Public Comments Needed, Every Comment Helps — please comment by March 5th- it makes a difference!

Scoping Letter from BLM for Twin Peaks


Our voices are making a difference for America’s wild horses, and now is the time to keep up the pressure! We told you this would be a long, difficult fight – and we are the horses’ only hope. Please take action below and send this alert to at least three friends or family members. It’s critical that we grow our grassroots efforts on behalf of these magnificent horses.

In the last two months, after receiving well over ten thousand public comments in opposition, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has postponed two scheduled wild horse roundups in Utah’s Confusion Mountains Complex and eastern Nevada’s Eagle Herd Management Area.

Now we need you to act again to oppose the massive removal of more than 2000 wild horses and burros from the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area (HMA) in California.  CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION.  Thank you. (note: the action leads to an easy-letter-sender from In Defense of Animals, please write your own letter for maximum effect!)

Updated Roundup Schedule here

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15 Responses to “Twin Peaks Comments Due by March 5th”

  1. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    THIS WOULD BE A GOOD PLACE TO SEND ALL INFO AND PICTURES:
    1. Contact the San Francisco Examiner team | San Francisco Examiner
    The San Francisco Examiner 71 Stevenson, 2nd Floor San Francisco, CA 94105

  2. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    THEY ARE VERY PROGRESSIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO, AS WE ALL SAW IN THEIR WONDERFUL PROTEST RALLY,

  3. Karen L. Says:

    FYI—I’m not sure where to put this, and possibly someone has already posted it on a different thread.

    The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hear the DOI budget proceedings on March 3, that is next Wednesday. If you have not already commented, now is the time. I believe the IDA site has a form letter available for comments to be submitted, and I will post the e-address for the committee again.

  4. Karen L. Says:

    Here’s the above committee’s contact address. Click on ‘contact information’ in the left column for both the full committee and the subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests. I don’t see the budget meeting on the list, but my info comes from the IDA in an e-mail.
    http://energy.senate.gov/public/#

  5. DCovey Says:

    PLEASE provide link to share on social networks i.e.twitter. As you read this, there are s-e-v-e-r-a-l members of horse rescue, enthsiast etc. groups who are trippling up their membership efforts to advocate on in humane wild horse roundups and related issues.
    In the mean time, kudos for the work you do!

  6. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    TWIN PEAKS ROUND-UP–WE BETTER ALL SEND LETTERS AS WELL AS SIGN PETITION. HERE IS THE ADDRESS:

    BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
    ATTN: TWIN PEAKS WILD HORSE GATHER
    2950 RIVERSIDE DR.
    SUSANVILLE, CALIF. 96130

    COMMENTS HAVE TO BE IN BY MARCH 5.

  7. Sandra Miller Says:

    Why doesn’t everyone just sign up for emails from IDA to make sure you don’t miss anything? I received notification from them today about the Twin Peaks Wild Horse Gather. I just forward IDA bulletins to my Friends and Relatives List – or – IDA gives you a place to automatically email a list of your friends by submitting their addresses. I think IDA is now really with it and probably will automatically send out emails about every gather that comes up in the future. I also did a petition/letter a few days ago(prepared by IDA) for the Senate Appropriations Committee about Salazar’s upcoming budget requests. I reminded my list that it’s very good, but not necessary, to personalize the letter IDA has designed for our use – and I suggested they always put their personal material FIRST, not let it get lost in the middle of the letter somewhere so that the letter ends up looking like one more form letter. I also send them what I have written, in case there is some information in it they can use. In this case, because I think its time to be part of the “angry citizenry”, in line with the old joke, I told them to “Feel free to fire at will.” (You know, “Who is Will?” In this case, it is the DOI/BLM.) I will have a dozen or so additional people participating this way. Now, I can’t get these people to sign up for anything independently, like the Cloud Foundation, but if I do everything for them, they will participate.

  8. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    SANDRA, I THINK WE ARE GETTING A SORT OF FORMAT AS WE GO. THIS IS ALL PRETTY NEW AND WE ARE LEARNING AS WE GO. IT IS COMING TOGETHER QUITE WELL, I THINK. WE ALL ARE ON THE SAME WAVE LENGTH AND WE SEEM TO OPERATE INDEPENDENTLY, YET AT THE SAME TIME, AS A COHESIVE UNIT. I LOVE THE BLEND.
    THAT IS A GOOD IDEA–TO PUT YOUR OWN LETTER FIRST. I WOULD NOT HAVE THOUGHT OF THAT.

  9. Sandra Miller Says:

    Don’t you know that it is independent people who work best with each other?! I just trust that everyone taking the time to be part of this issue has the best interests of the wild horses and burros at heart. I vote for more independence and more leaders! Just keep moving ahead – I don’t have to see you to know you are there! We are a large herd of many bands – and we are taking our wild horses and burros with us back to our Public Lands!!

  10. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    SANDRA, I POSTED SOMETHING ON THE MOST RECENT “THREAD?”–I’M NEVER QUITE SURE WHERE TO PUT SOMETHING SO THAT EVERYONE WILL SEE IT. I GUESS WE ALL READ EVERYTHING. I REVIEW ALL OF THE TIME AND SOMETIMES SEE SOMETHING NEW THAT WASN’T THERE BEFORE. LOOK BACK, I FOUND THIS–GO TO THE MOST CURRENT POST–THE RIDE SHARE.

  11. jan Says:

    sometimes i get confused on here because there are several places to post comments on the cloud blog – but everyone i email about the horses – i post the link to the cloud foundation as they seem to be on the forefront with the latest info – i do get email from ida, humane society and the aspca too as well as some of the preservation groups but i find the cloud site has the best info

  12. jan Says:

    dont know where to post this – found online – the doi is proposing 14 new national momuments across the west – to read more about them go to:

    http://www.theadventurelife.org and clik on article about new national momuments

  13. Janet Ferguson Says:

    LC: You requested a copy of my letter: I took some other comments I had saved from “here and there” (often stuff I copied from The Cloud Foundation articles, and other advocates’ comments here and there) and combined it with the IDA basic letter and came up with this, which I submitted on their page using their form:

    “Dear Public Servants:

    Twin Peaks HMA

    I vote NAY to the proposed gather!!!

    Stop allowing beef cattle to use wild horse areas. Show some inner fortitude. Stand up to special interests on our public land. As an example: In January 2008, for instance, BLM authorized a 300-percent increase in the number of cattle that could graze in the very same Calico area. BLM experts said at the time that the impact from wild horses in the area was minimal, which meant the number of authorized cattle could increase.
    Two months after the jump in cattle was approved, BLM produced a new survey claiming the wild horse population was had jumped from 500 to more than 3,000 in just four years — an increase critics say is preposterous.

    Count the horses actually there. Stop playing games with the American Public. Your inconsistencies on population figures have been extremely well documented and are readily available to the American Public. Don’t you think we “get it?”

    Stop estimating.

    Stop the gather carnage: it is cruel, expensive and unnecessary as illustration herwith: The BLM has stated that the 25-30 late-term, spontaneous abortions that have occurred in the Fallon holding facilty where 1861 Calico mustangs linger, are due to the poor health of the mares. This has been disputed by veterinarians.
    “Nutritional deficiencies have not been associated with abortion in mares. In general, if mares are in good condition (body condition of greater than 2 on a scale of 0 to 5, where 5 is very fat), they will carry a foal. Mares that are too thin, however, will not cycle or conceive.”
    Also, from an equine vet: “20-25 abortions in captivity are not likely due to range conditions. Infections, vaccination reaction, but most likely stress is the cause. In fact, that many abortions are cause for concern, anywhere.”

    I insist on transparency.

    For example, At the agency’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting on December 7, 2009, program chief Don Glenn assured attendees that his agency was “transparent” and that the public is welcome to attend the round-ups. Even as these assurances were being delivered, the BLM was secretly in the midst of an unannounced gather of the herds of Buckhorn, California.

    In addition, please answer these questions: none of this information seems to be readily available for your gather/processing forays:

    1. Locations of all short term and long term holding?
2. Hours open for public observation?
3. Names of all “contractors” involved in long term and short term holding contracts?
4. Amount being paid to each of these contractors per horse?
5. Amount of area per horse in both short term and long term holding?
6. Number of run in sheds for inclement weather per number of horses?
7. Price paid per ton of hay provided to wild horses in holding both long term-
short term?
8. Names of hay and feed contractors supplying horses in holding-short and long
term.
9. Names of veterinarians on duty or on call at all holding facilities?
10. Number of older horses euthanized. (Thanks to a wild horse and burro activist for these questions! You know who you are!)

    Regarding the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area: Please consider the following:

    I am in opposition to the current proposal by the Eagle Lakes Field Office to roundup 1,800 wild horses and 180 burros from the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area (HMA). The BLM has been found repeatedly to arbitrarily set Appropriate Mangement Levels for Wild Horses at numbers so low they often defy common sense. Such is the case with the BLM’s contention that the 798,000-acre Twin Peaks public HMA can only sustain 448-758 horses and 72-116 burros.

    The BLM’s proposed massive removal of wild horses and burros from the Twin Peaks HMA and the warehousing of these animals in government holding facilities violates the intent of Congress and the will of the American people that our wild horses be managed on the range in a humane and minimally-intrusive manner that preserves their wild and free-roaming behavior.

    As a result, I urge the field office to consider and explore in the preparation of the Environmental Assessment (EA) the following measures to improve management of the wild horses in the Twin Peaks HMA:

    * Re-evaluate and increase the Appropriate Management Level (AML) for wild horses for this 798,000-acre complex;

    * Utilize the BLM’s discretion under 43 C.F.R. 4710.5(a) to close or limit livestock grazing in the Twin Peaks HMA and/or or designate this area to be managed principally for wild horse herds under 43 C.F.R. 4710.3-2

    * Offer any ranchers grazing livestock in the Twin Peaks HMA the option to retire cattle grazing allotments or convert cattle grazing allotments to wild horse allotments which could in turn promote ecotourism activities;

    * Implement and expand the current proposal of fertility control treatments to allow more horse to remain on the range;

    * Implement range improvements and water enhancements that will benefit all animals, including wildlife and horses, living in the Twin Peaks HMA.

    Further, any environmental assessment conducted for this capture plan must include objective evaluation of the above mentioned items, as well as an detailed economic analysis of the costs associated with the capture, removal and short- and long-term warehousing of these horses, and a full consideration of the impacts of capture, removal and warehousing on the horses taken from the range. The EA must consider and determine how actions listed above would allow the BLM to increase the Twin Peaks AML.

    Please use this opportunity to implement a humane and progressive management program for the Twin Peaks mustangs and burros and reject the proposed plan to massively round up and warehouse these free-living animals.

    Why is the BLM spending $30 million dollars to eradicate a piece of America’s heritage on our historylands? Why does OBAMA stonewall on this issue? No answers, no transparency, and moving your operations to private land. Shameful.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      I guess it sounds like everything but the kitchen sink, twice, but it’ll give those desk jockeys something to read.

  14. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    JANET, YOU GET AN A+ FOR COMPOSITION.

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