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Bea Wade of the BLM gave a presentation on BLM’s work to identify areas and reasons for all herds zeroed out. The powerpoint was unreadable so the public was provided with the following copies- I hope they are readable in this PDF format: ReasonsforZEROINGoutHerds_DRAFT_p1 and ReasonsForZeroingOut_p2
Post Lunch Notes:
NEW BUSINESS- started at 1pm
Moderated by Mike Motisse of Oregon BLM – going over the topics of the workshop and what was discussed yesterday and board members individual views.
Winter 2010 – 7,811 gathered; 6,308 removed
Summer/Fall 2010 – 7,097 targeted for gather
in the high 5,000s scheduled for removal this summer fall…. Bringing the total to almost 12,000 removed.
Larry Johnson: if treasuring some herds means that others aren’t managed so much than he’s opposed to it. They’re all herds to be managed. And they should never be managed as the priority species in an area.
Wayne Burkhart: unless it contributes in some fashion than he doesn’t support
driving issue is too damn many horses at a rate that we can’t get rid of the excess”
Janet Jankura: public doesn’t like designation of treasured herds, all herds are treasured but don’t lose the partnership in the ecotourism and public awareness
Renee: Champion herd areas but no special designation, agrees with Janet on not wanting designation.
Robin Lohnes: what about heritage herds like coyote canyon horses that need to be protected. Doesn’t the secretary already have the authority to designate special herds (I think she means horse ranges like the little bookcliffs, pryors etc.)
Is the goal of treasured herds to make sustainable herds? Mother nature normally does a much better job than us when it comes to survival of the fittest. (Mike adds that yesterday we herd to
Co-managing treasured herds with different tribes— BLM will always be most responsible, that is her concern. Concludes that all herds are treasured.
Gary Zakota: doesn’t want some herds treasured over others.
(couldn’t hear man to left of Vern)
Vern Dooly: Opposed to special designation for special herds. doesn’t prevent BLM from showcasing herds. We don’t want to limit management of any herds. Treasured herds would actually have to be more tightly managed, that designation.
2nd from left: doesn’t support purchase of private lands for horses
Vern Dooly: preserves necessary for long term if we plan on bringing wild populations down to AML. Partnerships with third parties than we could convert those to Horse Management – payment would be important
Robin Lohnes: a preserve is not a non-reproducing pasture of horses- a preserve is a reproducing
Wayne Burkhart: have to not have reproducing herds – the Salazar Plan would be temp. holding. and these facilities would not be permanent (crowd wonders why the lands would be purchased then)
(Mike talks about how these would be more productive lands and people could go and look at the horses on good grasslands. Doesn’t believe that Sec Salazar just wants another name for long term holding)
Larry Johnson gave 5 minute talk on moving wild horses to productive grasslands because NV never had wild horses (not true: Bones of a horse dating back 15 million years, found in northern Nevada in July 2006. The bones can be viewed in their permanent display at the Sierra College Natural History Museum- article here: http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/features/109-fossils.shtml) – video clip:
Robin Lohnes: sustainable herds
Renee: this didn’t seem like a multiple use. Some of these topics are not even sustainable.
Wayne Burkhart—have to get to a balance
Larry Johnson: sex ratio skewing, infertility control etc these are only remotely possible if we reach AML. We can’t catch enough horses, we can’t treat enough horses, we can’t alter enough horses.
— PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD —
National Wildlife Federation Colorado representative spoke against wild horses and stated that they are not wild but feral animals – no place on public lands according to this speaker. Is this NWF’s opinion?
Julianne French spoke about removing lobbyists from public boards
Valerie Stanley speaking on zeroing out herds, Dr. Bruce Nook’s report on stress to horses.
Linda Hanick spoke about finding solutions– lots of smart people in this room, and more positve energy
Craig Downer: BLM not following true-tenants of the WH&B act and not looking on a macro scale but is instead magnifying the wild horses as a problem. Speaking about Reserve Design for protection of ecosystems including wild horses and burros.
Elyse Gardner: she is available and able to help BLM with their transparency! Suggests video cameras as viable means of increasing public trust. Public barred from Broken Arrow. Turn older stallions from Calico back.
Laura Leigh: (project manager for herd-management) we’re dealing with crises rather than solutions. Multiple use on our public lands is not caring for the publics land as it should be.
Deniz Bolbol: 3-4 months roundup and removing 5000+ horses this fiscal year. Show some good faith, take solutions from the public. Public is not given equal access to advisory board members’ binders. Public comments should be posted online and BLM’s responses posted.
====Several people whose names I couldn’t catch have spoken– my apologies and please refer to livestream video which will be reposted online soon====
recommendations of board being discussed…
Robin Lohnes, chair of the board stands up for our wild herds (video below soon)