Act Today: 1-Day Wild Horse & Burro Action Blitz

Two critically important DOI/BLM Appropriation hearings to be held the same day  — from In Defense of Animals

This is a one-day Action Blitz. Comments are needed asap for TWO BLM Appropriations hearings.

wild horsesWe just learned of TWO critically important budget hearings before the House AND Senate Appropriations Subcommittees for the Department of Interior (DOI) budget, both scheduled for Tuesday, March 9. At these hearings, DOI Secretary Salazar (9:30 am) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey (2:00 pm) will testify on the proposed FY 2011 DOI/BLM budget, which includes funding for the fundamentally broken BLM wild horse and burro program. Director Abbey will testify specifically about BLM’s budget before the House Appropriations Subcommittee.

We need to make sure the Senators and Representatives at both of these crucial hearings on Tuesday hear loudly from Americans that this program needs systemic reform – that roundups must stop and no funding should be given for Secretary Salazar’s proposed “preserve.”

YOUR voice is desperately needed. Let’s do what we can to try to get Congress to address the horrible wild horse and burro program at these critically important hearings on Tuesday. TAKE ACTION NOW (by clicking here) and PLEASE ask your friends and family to take action.

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95 Responses to “Act Today: 1-Day Wild Horse & Burro Action Blitz”

  1. Suzanne Moore Says:

    I sent mine off yesterday.

  2. Karen L. Says:

    I sent the first one on the 7th, but didn’t get another e-mail from IDA until today. Salazar and Abbey both appearing before committees on the same day—must really want their budget to pass. Hope we can be effective against the increase.

  3. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Thank you IDA for helping us get these out! You have been a great help to me and others. mar

  4. Karen L. Says:

    The Senate Appropriations Committee is on live webcast NOW from their site.

  5. sandra longley Says:

    I have yet to hear anything about BLMs WH&B program in discussions. Checking “source watch” in DC shows you how much these representitives are influenced by donations from oil and gas companies, and are heavily discussing energy…just heard they are going to have another meeting that will deal only with energy issues.

    • Karen L. Says:

      Yeah, a lot of state and regional issues being addressed. Bennett of Utah really gave Salazar some hard questions this A.M.! I haven’t heard anything about the horses either. Back to viewing/listening…

  6. sandra longley Says:

    I think we need to fund a lobbist group to work on our behalf in washington..would like to see some discussion along these lines as well as developing a fund where we could contribute monies to fund lawsuits and lobbiests

  7. sandra longley Says:

    I am not finding a webcast for BLM approp. meeting…did you find one Karen?

    • Karen L. Says:

      No, I was just thinking the same thing. There doesn’t seem to be a webcast “portal” on that entire site. (House App. Comm.)

  8. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    SHOULD WE BE CALLING RIGHT NOW?

  9. Lisa LeBlanc Says:

    Did anyone else get one of these?

    “Dear Ms. LeBlanc:

    I received your letter expressing concern about America’s wild horses and burros. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.

    I understand your concern that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is removing wild horses and burros from rangelands and placing them in holding facilities. Under the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the BLM is to protect wild horses and burros, set appropriate management levels (AML), maintain current inventory counts, and remove “excess” animals to prevent overpopulation and rangeland damage. BLM relies on monitoring programs involving studies of grazing utilization, trends in range conditions, precipitation, and other factors. BLM sets the AML with public involvement through an in-depth environmental analysis and decision making process. BLM’s final decisions are subject to administrative review. To participate in the planning process, you may write to your local Field Office and ask to be placed on their Interested Party mailing list. Please find more information on each Field Office by visiting http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo.html.

    You may be interested to know that H.R. 1018, “Restore Our American Mustangs Act,” introduced by Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), passed the House of Representatives on July 17, 2009. It has been referred to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. This bill expands the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, bans the commercial slaughter of wild horses, requires the BLM to expand its wild horse and burro management programs, and requires the Secretary to expand fertility control as a humane control tool that will reduce the need for removal of horses from the range.

    As a horse enthusiast, I share your concern for the fate of our nation’s wild horse populations, and I believe it is critical to seek solutions that will allow horses to live out their natural lives while being treated humanely and being adopted when possible. I am opposed to the practices of euthanizing horses for population control, or their sale for slaughter, and I will continue to be active on this issue. While I am not a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, I will certainly keep your thoughts in mind as the Senate considers this legislation.

    Again, thank you for writing. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841. Best regards.

    Sincerely yours,
    Dianne Feinstein
    United States Senator”

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Lisa, What would you like to ask her?? Maybe things she needs to find out and how California wild horses and burros are nearly gone… does she know how many are left? Reverse info questions, maybe you can start talking to an aide and make a good connection. California does some unusually good things at times…
      Proposition 2010; stop BLM from removing any more wild horses from the wilds in the state of CA…. mar

      • Lisa LeBlanc Says:

        I don’t know if this is in response to a letter I wrote her just before Kenny’s cancelled appearance a few weeks ago or a response to the Mass Fax sent yesterday, because it addresses NONE of the concerns I wrote about. If it is indeed a personal response, it concerns me that she’s quoting the Bureau Line on management methods, because even the BLM website doesn’t support the Bureau’s own findings.
        What I had asked was for an investigation of some kind into the administration of the Program’s budget – why is it continuing to skyrocket when the factors that caused it to increase in the first place no longer exist. With the exception of more Captives, which was NOT what the Bureau was sniveling about when they asked for more allowance.
        It’s just kinda frustrating. I do NOT want to be coddled like I’m unable to distinguish fact from fantasy. I want some F**kin’ ANSWERS. MY money, MY Equines. Stop throwin’ good money after bad.
        There. That feels better!

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Call and talk to an aide and tell them the entire story… it is your right and you were told to call… a foot in the door. It is maybe worth a good try and they should hear how this has gone awry. They do not know sh*t unless you tell them. truth… mar

    • Margaret Says:

      Holy Cow! This was a really nice letter that Senator Feintein wrote back. Whether it was an aid or what it seems like you got a “more” personal answer than a lot of us! For all my troubles I’ve never gotten anything so nice.

      Okay, it wasn’t everything we wanted. We know that the BLM lies and the mismanagement continues. I won’t dispute that. We have to double and triple our efforts. It just seemed to me like you got a nice letter. At least it wasn’t the form letter S1579.

      Margaret

      • Lisa LeBlanc Says:

        It really was a nice letter and I know I’m reacting like a petulant child. But I was lookin’ for:
        “You’re absolutely correct, Ms. LeBlanc (or other Advocate). We have launched a full investigation into the BLM’s management practices as they apply to the WH&B Program, will enforce a moritorium on all future roundup activities, and deny Mr. Salazar’s and Mr. Abbey’s requests for additional funding until the issue can be resolved in a logical, fiscally responsible and equitable fashion. Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention.”

        THAT’S THE LETTER I WANT!!

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Lisa, send them your little letter here and the comments and see if they get it. But thank them first. mar

  10. sandra longley Says:

    O.K-so we flood their field offices with requests to be on their planning comittees…altho I have yet to see any planning come out of that department..other than a 3 stooges rendition of a roundup…until we put someone like jon Marvel in charge of the BLM-I don’t think we are going to see any land management.
    Thank you to Ms. feinstein, for taking the time to give you a personal response, to an issue she obviously is aware of.

  11. sandra longley Says:

    Kill the predators in Nevada, mountain lions, coyotes…skunks???who knew…read this scary article from Nevada

    http://www.rgj.com/article/20100309/NEWS/3090336/Feds-Nevada-officials-clash-over-deer-predator-control

  12. Ronnie Says:

    I carefully scanned this morning’s (3/9) *web cast of Salazar’s Senate Appropriations budget hearing but there was nothing on the wild horses. But they all seemed to be having a good time.

    I guess the wild horses was left to Bob Abbey in the afternoon.

    I also could not find a web cast of Robert Abbey’s BLM Budget at the House Committee on Appropriations hearing this afternoon. I presume it was not web cast. Hmmmm, wonder why.

    However, I did find a pdf. link (see below) to his comments on the wild horses. The transcript is only Bob Abbey. Of course, it would have been terrific to hear what the Committee was saying.

    Anyway, below is the link to Abbey’s “testimony.” Need to scroll down almost to the end as the wild horses were last.

    I got sick reading it. And of course I should not as it is the same ole, same ole from the BLM. But I did find it shocking how Abbey twisted the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.

    Read how the horses are soooooo ruining the land: soil erosion, reduced water, damage to wildlife habitats…ruining the whole public lands ecosystem!! And! The horses are multiplying like bunny rabbits and with no predators BLM needs to keep rounding up and rounding up and using contraceptives and…Whew!

    The BLM is asking for $75.7 million dollars to sustain the Wild Horse and Burro Program…an INCREASE of $12 million from last years budget of $64.0 million.

    *In addition, there is a *second budget request of $42.5 million for SalaCzar’s Zoo. So, $75.7 mil + 42.5 Mil = 118.2. How do ya like that? Lots of money to brutalize horses.

    Here is the link to Bob Abbey’s lies…oops, I mean “see-it-my-way.”

    http://appropriations.house.gov/Witness_testimony/INT/Robert_Abbey-3_9_10.pdf

  13. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    When do they decide what will be given to DOI/BLM for their budget?? mar

    • Karen L. Says:

      At the end of the webcast of the Senate this A.M., Ms. Feinstein said something about taking a vote after the break. (That may not have been the exact wording.) I assumed the vote had to do with aspects of the budget.

  14. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    check

  15. Lyn McCormick Says:

    Sandra, there is some talk about forming a group like that. I agree it is badly needed. Jon Marvel, CEO of Western Watersheds Project said we need to do that. He said the horse group is the largest of any animal group and even if we only donated $5.00 each it could be huge !

    • sandra longley Says:

      I agree 100%..americans are strapped right now-but even then most can afford $5 a month taken out of their account auto for contribution..I donated heavily in the last presidential campaign..DONATE NOW click on -needs to be at the bottom of every article..I just withdrew a 401k at 40% penalty in order to do something to help the calico horses at adoption time…plus I am going next week to Fallon and surrounding area to look for a ranch to lease for a preserve for some of the calico horses..and a place where advocates can work from when they are in the area to cut down on their expenses. Everyone can do something-big or small to be a factor

      • Ronnie Says:

        Sandra, Thank YOU. Your generosity, compassion, caring, is so appreciated and so needed. So many are helping and we just do not know. I am almost speechless…but that will never happen, to my credit or demise…lol…. Again, thank you.

        And very importantly, if it so happens you do find a ranch near Fallon, it would be a much needed base for advocates, as you stated.
        And it just could be the beginning of a major organizing of the many groups and people doing as much as they presently can for the wild horses and burros. And! As we all know, a blessing and peaceful refuge for the traumatized wild horses. Angel.

        What I am reading is healing news. Organizing!

        What is happening in wild horse advocacy is classic “Grassroots Organizing.” A beginning with progressive steps leading to what next has to be done when prior efforts are met with resistance. Level by level. As we have experienced from our level-by-level, first *trying to contact: BLM staff, Salazar, legislators…finally to OBAMA: “No-One-Home.”

        I am so encouraged by what appears to be a major change in our “fighting” for the wild horses, with dignity, integrity, intelligence, non-violence…
        Organizing. We Will Not Stop! For the wild horses and burros. Justice! The Law!

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Just a suggestion; You might want to check the roundup schedule and give yourself a moderate radius in searching for a place to lease. Be as central as possible. Good luck on this. mar

      • Jan Eaker Says:

        SAndra, please keep me informed of the progress of your plan, Laura Leigh is trying to save some of the stallions, I would like to help save some of their families as well, i fhtey cna still be ID’d.
        cheyenneww@comcast.net

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        May the force be with you — I am so glad you have “native guides” in your endeavor and will tap into their wisdom. . .

        Be careful out there.

      • sandra longley Says:

        I am already running into problems with parties not wanting wild horses on the land leased..Any leads out there would be appreciated in Nevada..The place at Fallon is too small to have a wild preserve..I have found a couple of places across the border in california to look at..Trying to get some locating done online before I head down there..needs year around stream on it, as well as tree cover for protection, and some canyon area. I think I have some time, but want to check with the BLM to find out how soon those older horses go up for adoption..I heard some disturbing news that i am not at liberty to repeat..and it may just be a way to pressure us to allow them to put horses in preserves to ‘save’ them..but I think we must be prepared for a worse case scenerio…and start lining up alternatives for places the older horses from calico can go..or it is going to make the roundup look like a walk in the park.

      • Karen L. Says:

        sandra, Maybe you’ve already done this or something similar, but if I were looking for readily available land in Nevada, I would start with contacting known advocates for the horses. Some of the participants in that large rally a few weeks ago probably have knowledge of any parcels that might be available. Elyse Gardner has lots of visibility; organizers of that rally such as Simone Netherlands (there are other names I can’t recall) must know of possibilities. At least these people would know potential friends from foes.

      • Karen L. Says:

        Arlene Gawne was another name associated with the Las Vegas rally. These advocates are aware of the antipathy towards the wild horses in some parts of Nevada, and could steer you in a more positive direction.

  16. Barb S Says:

    A Coalition for the Preservation of the Wild Horses would be a step in the right direction. IMHO Right now there are so many groups and so many individuals all searching for ways to stop this carnage and it seems that the strength in numbers is fractured. I know that individuals have divergent opinions on issues but the BIG issue is to stop the ridiculous roundups and impoundments of our wild horses.

  17. Karen L. Says:

    Horseback Magazine printed this mocking article from another publication in response to Salazar’s Senate appearances.
    http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2010/03/memo_to_ken_salazar_a_proposed.php

  18. Janet Ferguson Says:

    From The Daily Blend:

    “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

  19. Winnie Says:

    Lisa,

    I received the exact same letter from Feinstein’s office last October. It looks like a can letter they use and now I am wondering if she really understands the magnitude and the urgency of this issue and the letter is just trying to appeas us.

    • Savewildhorses Says:

      Winnie,
      This is Feinstein’s stock letter for this issue. It doesn’t mean it is not registering, it just means she doesn’t draft a new letter to each constituent. What registers in her office is how many of these letters she has to send out based on the letters she is getting from us. Keep writing!

  20. sandra longley Says:

    RED ALERT: We need an online form to comment on another gather I ran across this on another research project last night..comment period ends March 19, up around Tonapah Nev. BLM and USFS combining to remove horses…redefining HMAs and AMLs..say due to drought conditions no forage for horses..yet have 21 cattle allotments..one HMA would be down to 6 horses..I have just briefly gone over this and need to get into some research on this..go to the link and read and look at the tables..this is a bit more than just a gather..see what you think..hopefully they will post something online here soon.

    http://budget.state.nv.us/clearinghouse/Notice/2010/E2010-150.pdf

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      That link has a great deal of detail and info in it!! Wow!

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Isn’t this prospective gold mining area? It is central and near the existing mines?

      Add that is Heather Mobley and Steve Williams at Districts of Humboldt and Toiyabe National Forest…

      30 days to comment, send to Heather, questions to Steven, we need a dead line… mar

  21. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    SANDRA, WOW! GOOD CATCH!–IS THIS THE ADDRESS?

    AUSTIN AND TONAPAH RANGER DISTRICTS
    DISTRICT RANGER
    P.O. BOX 130
    AUSTIN, NV 89310
    (775) 964 2671

    • sandra longley Says:

      Louie, haven’t been able to get back to finding out yet..I don’t know if we contact both organizations or just the BLM??Its been a wild day…so many back channel things going on…

  22. Lisa LeBlanc Says:

    Sandra;
    This is a window into the drought index for the US. Nevada is falling into ‘normal’ perameters.
    And right now, it’s snowing in Austin & Tonopah, and they will be (theoretically) receiving more snow and precip withing the next two weeks.
    I hope you find this useful; maybe you can throw it in someone’s face.

    http://weatherforyou.com/maps/drought_crop_moisture_index.php

    • sandra longley Says:

      I know alot of the wet weather from california heads that direction, and there has been alot of it this year- In oregon we didn’t get it and will be looking for somewhat of a drought this summer..too much rain and not enough snow..too warm…It is snowing in fallon today but monday is supposed to be 72-tonapah is a different climate zone up there at that elevation..I am trying to find out if that was the area where they were having problems with WHs on the road..I thought they were pretty straight forward in their analysis..about the archaeological sites being disturbed, and not saying it was ALL the horses fault..like most do…To hear those bird people talk..you’d think the mustang singlehandedly wiped out the whole population of sage grouse…whereas they hunt them on the other side of the state..if they are so concerned(and believe me they are!) they should round up the grouse and move them to the other side of the state..it is a huge issue where the calicos are..you’d think they were on a parr with bald eagles..they are actually fencing the horses OFF water holes-so that the grouse can nest there..seriously..we need a lawsuit on that..I read a whole PDF on that project last night

      • sandra longley Says:

        Oh yes, i forgot to add that a big part of the move to kill the predators..is to protect the sage grouse..I couldn’t figure out why kill skunks..its because they eat the eggs.

      • Lisa LeBlanc Says:

        The Highway where the Equines were supposed to be a road hazard was the 93 Corridor, which is Northeast of Tonopah, I think. Highway 93 is through or near Pioche, Ely and Caliente.
        The WH&B report you posted here stated the standard ‘dyin’ o’ thirst’ reasons for the Tonopah roundup. But it also bases that on a 2009 report from the NOAA. I think if they’re gonna spout, they should at least have current information, not last year’s or Mid-August of this year.
        Also, and this is just personal observation and not scientific fact: With all Nevada’s mountain ranges (more than any other state) weather in ANY area is a bugger to predict. In Fernley, east of Reno on my last day of Junior High, May 30th, it dropped six inches of snow (of course, this was way back when). And August near Reno is notorious for black-sky thunderstorms after 4 in the afternoon. I’m just sayin’ it might be more prudent and credible to cry ‘drought’ sometime in the late spring or early summer.

      • Lisa LeBlanc Says:

        Nowhere else I have heard the Wild Ones demonized so thoroughly as with Wildlife Advocates in Nevada, especially by the Forest Service. Wild Equines are responsible for the deaths of pronghorn, big horn and mule deer by sheer force of numbers and inherent evil. That cattle roam the same areas never seems to enter into it. Also, that wildlife is allowed to roam anywhere the wind takes them outside the boundaries of the Forest Service, National Parks and Management Areas. To hear it, wildlife and Equines are crammed shoulder to shoulder in tiny little pockets of Riparian Rarity.

      • sandra longley Says:

        Lisa, you are absolutely right about the horses being demonized for everything including the black plague…the horses must have given the rats the fleas..

        Is there anyone out there besides me think we need a commercial for the wild horses? We have some people that have done some great work with videos, as well as gingers work..How about we start a fund to finance a run of commercials..Look the Budweiser commercials always get the highest ratings @ superbowl..INSPIRE people to want to save the mustangs, and then make them angry about the millions being wasted..

      • sandra longley Says:

        I went to the forest service websites and looked up each of the units involved in tonapah, some of those units have mountain lions, I think it is the kelly unit that is full of springs and perrenial streams and 0 horses..It is high country, or summer range for those horses when the drought season is on. These horses have to move out of that high country when winter comes down to the low country, and they do not stay in HMAs for that reason..so at any given time they are migrating through areas..I want to address some of the specific concerns of these herds to make sure they know we are aware of them There are 21 cattle allotments and only 14 being used, i want to know if and why that kelly unit is not being utilized for the horses in the summer..they would naturally want to migrate to a water source..So is it summer or winter that they are suffering from a lack of water…are water sources being fenced off from them?

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        If the holding facilities AND the “preserves” are illegal, why do citizens have to go out on a limb on this???

        Sandra I feel you are on thin ice with this — financially, and going into unknown territory! Where I hope you can succeed, it seems like a very precarious road to embark on — talk to Ginger first — she apparently had land lined up, at the least.

        Signed,

        Dark Thoughts on a Dark Day

        MEANWHILE YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS AS ARE ALL THE CALICO HORSES

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        p.s.

        Check with Tony Curtis’ rescue people — quick! ????????

        Just a thought —-

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        PPS If there is any way at all I can help please let me know — calls, etc.

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        Here’s Shiloh Horse Rescue — Las Vegas, NV area — Tony Curtis and wife support —

        http://shilohhorserescue.rescuegroups.org/info/contact

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        Here is a little video taken within the past few days that shows the trails of Shiloh Horse Rescue:

  23. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    I THINK THIS IS WHERE CRAIG DOWNER’S “RESERVE DESIGN” COMES IN. WE NEED FOR CRAIG TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT THAT HERE, SO THAT WE CAN START PETITIONING FOR IT. AS I UNDERSTAND IT, RESERVE DESIGN USES NATURAL BOUNDARIES, AMONG OTHER THINGS. I LISTENED TO THE RADIO SHOW THAT CRAIG WAS ON, AND HE WAS ASKED ABOUT IT. HE SAID THAT ONCE THAT IS SET UP, HERDS STABILIZE. IT DOES TAKES TIME, BUT HOW MANY YEARS HAVE THE HERDS BEEN BEING DECIMATED? IT IS GOING TO TAKE TIME TO GET THINGS RIGHT.

  24. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    LISA, YOU DO HAVE A WAY WITH WORDS.

  25. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    SANDRA, WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO HELP THE CALICO HORSES IS BEYOND GENEROSITY. I WONDER–YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO RECAP THAT MONEY, SOMEHOW. IT SOUNDS AS THOUGH YOU KNOW HOW TO RUN A RANCH. PEOPLE ARE HUNGRY FOR A TASTE OF FREEDOM, THE UNSPOILED OUTDOORS, AND SOMEWHERE TO JUST GET AWAY FROM IT ALL. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT MADELEINE PICKENS IS TRYING TO DO. YOU MIGHT HAVE A REALLY GOOD VENTURE THERE–GOOD FOR YOU AS WELL AS THE HORSES. NEVADA LOOKS TO TOURISM FOR MUCH OF IT’S REVENUE, APPARENTLY. PEOPLE IN OTHER COUNTRIES DON’T HAVE ANYTHING LIKE WE HAVE IN THE WEST. THEY APPRECIATE IT.

    • sandra longley Says:

      Louie, it is a moral obligation, I personally cannot save every wild horse, none of us alone can, but together we might be able to do that-my fear is we will not be in time-as we rush to save them..they speed up the process to get rid of them ..FASTTRACKING..is a four letter word times three…..

  26. Janet Ferguson Says:

    There’s a “guy” around on the internet who promotes healthy horse hoof and feet by designing their paddocks, etc., with natural contours and the like. . . can’t think of his name.

    I would think the mustang preserves would have to take into account that they need to trundle many miles over rocky ground to keep their footsies in good order!

    My husband was wondering if, since my state and IL are going to be closing all these state parks because of lack of state treasury funds, and many state parks have rugged terrain — rocky hills, etc., (esp around here in Ozarks) why couldn’t they just fence in the closed state parks and turn them into mustang reserves. Just a thought (mainly it is a question of if worse came to worse and the preserves were actuall implemented)

    They used to say that if you flattened out the Ozarks that the State of Missouri would cover the entire midwest (or something like that haha Mark Twain or somebody said it a lot better).

    We have miserable weather today, unless you’re a duck. The nuthatch is carefully removing my dog’s long white hairs from the rubber mat outside to use in its nest.

  27. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    TRACIE AT MUSTANG PROJECTS BLOG HAS THE TONAPAH “GATHER” POSTED.

  28. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    THIS IS WHAT THEY HAVE DONE IN NEW MEXICO:
    Fencing (2005-present): WHOA and the residents of Placitas, as well as residents of other nearby areas, have installed 4.5 miles of fence and have maintained miles of other fence in the last 3 years. These fences are provided for the safety of both the wild horses and of motorists, as the fences have been effective in keeping the wild horses off of I-25 and its access road, as well as the neighborhood roads

  29. Lisa LeBlanc Says:

    Sandra,
    re: commercial support for the Wild Ones?
    How ’bout Ford Motor Company, makers of the Mustang?
    Wouldn’t that be one HELLUVA coup??!!
    I’ve had THAT commercial runnin’ around in my head for about 5 years!

    • Barb S Says:

      Here’s a off center idea. Since major corporations seem to be responsible for running cattle all over our Public Lands why not go to them for money for refuges for our Wild Horses. Let them know that it would be “good” for their “image” or a public relations campaign could proceed to show their “dark side”. Does this sound like blackmail? It’s been a tiring weekend–rain, floods and grey skies–

  30. Lisa LeBlanc Says:

    Sandra & everyone with lotsa cash to spare:
    This web site has pockets of land all over Nevada for sale. I bring this one to your attention because some of those pockets, like the Battle Mountain area, have huge (over 600 acres) parcels for a relative pittance, with all the necessaries to support a personal herd.
    Here again, just free-associating on ways to save both Captives and Wild Ones.

    http://www.landsofnevada.com/nevada/index.cfm?Search=county

    • sandra longley Says:

      Yeah a cute blonde mare named mustang Sally…unfortunately, it is difficult to get companies to step up to anything contraversial in nature..But, my attitute is if you don’t ask them..you’ll never know what they could say unless you ask….I was thinking along the lines of a commercial we sponsor specifically to save the wild horses from….Change…I thought i was voting for a change from the Bush era policies..but this program was initiated in the Bush admin..and fast tracked by Salazar..republican policies in a democratic administration..go figure.??

    • sandra longley Says:

      Thanks Lisa, went and checked it out..must be gold in them there hills -for the way they have the land priced(i noticed corps, looking for mineral rights and to put up wind farms..so maybe that accounts for it..I will have to wait a couple of years to inherit before I can afford those..Did find a nice ranch on the Colo/WYO border..right kind of terrain, water and 8,000 acres and almost 2ooo allotment coming up for auction in may….

      • Lisa LeBlanc Says:

        I know! Makes me wish my 401k had survived…

      • sandra longley Says:

        Tell me about it! I watched 4 pension plans literally zeroed out last winter-they were dropping a 1,000 a week by the time I got one out there was 1200 left in it..I am counting on my inheritance to survive, and a real estate market of some kind..you can’t do anything about it so might as well laugh and keep on working….

  31. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    HOW ABOUT ALL OF THAT MONEY THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE SPENT ON PRESERVES IN THE MIDWEST AND EAST BE SPENT OUT WEST, WHERE IT SHOULD BE. OUR TAX MONEY SHOULD BE BEING SPENT TO SET ASIDE PRESERVES WHERE THEY BELONG–IN THE WEST.

  32. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    LET’S START TELLING OUR PUBLIC SERVANTS THAT WE WANT THOSE WILD HORSE PRESERVES BUILT IN THE STATES THAT ARE SUITABLE FOR THE ANIMALS THAT ARE TO INHABIT THEM–ROCKET SCIENCE.

    • Lisa LeBlanc Says:

      Louie – maybe they could make that cash available in the form of grants to private people with legitimate associations with Wild Equine Advocacies.

  33. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    LISA, THAT’S A GOOD THOUGHT. WE NEED TO BRAINSTORM. THIS IS THE WILD HORSE AND BURRO THINK TANK. DOESN’T THE GOVERNMENT FUND THINK TANKS?

  34. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    SANDRA, HAVE YOU CONTACTED CRAIG DOWNER?
    Craig Downer [ccdowner@yahoo.com]

    • sandra longley Says:

      Louie, they obviously want the horses gone from these lands..why else would they oppose Mrs. Pickens plan to buy land in nevada to put the horses on? Energy, mining, cattle, even sage grouse are worth more than the horses in their eyes.

      • Ronnie Says:

        Regarding the sage grouse. Salazar will not commit to putting them on the Endangered Species list. And they definitely need to be. He beats around the bush.
        But the point is, maybe Salazar cannot list the sage grouse as endangered as that will bring up the obvious fact they are endangered mainly because the *CATTLE have trampled their forage and messed up the water, BIG TIME.
        And the Sierra Club, although pro rounding up wild horses, is big on saving wild sage grouse. Has written in depth, and with documentaries, about all the damage the cattle have and are doing to the sage grouse habitat.
        Trying to figure out why the DOI is doing this and that is like being Wild West CSI! But one cannot make sense of it all because it is not sensible at all.

  35. sandra longley Says:

    Louie I did ask Nevada Willis Lamm for some input over on Straight from the heart blog page..there are a couple of nevada people over there…check out his answers…but he was going to do some more checking about Tonapah and get back after a WH&B show today.

    • sandra longley Says:

      Whoops wrong answer..I looked at some videos he(Willis) linked over there and don’t know how safe it would be to try and do a preserve in that state…you probably have seen them before…but I didn’t realise how deep the hatred goes against the wild horses and those who work to save them is in that state…Think they would be safer across the border in Calif.

  36. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    SANDRA, THEY JUST MIGHT BE SAFER IN CALIFORNIA. THEY DID TRY TO KILL WILD HORSE ANNIE IN NEVADA. I THOUGHT THEY HAD GROWN WISER–BUT GUESS NOT.

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