Hello Supporter, August 25, 2011
Submit Comments on 15-20 Year Plan for Wild Horses in Devils Garden Plateau Territory, California
Forest Service Asks for Public's Input on Management Plan
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is asking the public to submit comments on revisions to the management plan for wild horses in the Devils Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory, which is located in northeastern California (near Alturas). Once finalized, this management plan will guide the USFS management for this Territory over the next 15 to 20 years.
Please take easy action below to urge the USFS to increase the allowable population number for wild horses in this Territory and to manage the herd on the range and avoid mass roundups and removals.
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AWHPC's Deniz Bolbol videotaping the Triple Roundup, August 2011
Spearheaded in 2004 by Return to Freedom with the goal of providing a platform for wild horse advocates and organizations to speak with a unified voice, AWHPC is playing a critical role in the fight for the future of America's wild horses and burros. We provide a clearinghouse of information for our coalition partners; conduct educational outreach to the public, media and legislators; observe and provide eyewitness accounts of BLM wild horse roundups; participate in BLM and Forest Service planning processes; create easy-to-use action alerts for concerned citizens to influence federal wild horse management policies; and file litigation when necessary to protect wild horses and burros.
While the fight to protect and preserve the mustangs is certainly an uphill battle, this year we have seen some critical successes:
- AWHC's lawsuit stopped the BLM from proceeding with a plan to castrate 177 free-roaming stallions in the White Mountain and Little Colorado Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in Wyoming. The legal action is having national impacts as well, and the BLM has dropped castration plans from at least two other pending roundups.
- AWHPC, working local organizations and residents and the ASPCA, defeated anti-mustang legislation that would have deprived wild horses of their right to access water in Nevada. This legislation would have been a devastating blow in a state where more than half of the nation's remaining wild horses reside.
With your help, we will continue to score victories and expand our efforts on behalf of wild horses and burros. We are deeply grateful for your support.
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The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) is dedicated to preserving the American wild horse in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage. Supported by a coalition of over 40 organizations, its grassroots campaign seeks:
* A suspension of roundups in all but verifiable emergency situations while the entire BLM wild horse program undergoes objective and scientific review;
* Higher Appropriate Management Levels (AML) for wild horses on those rangelands designated for them;
* Implementation of in-the-wild management, which would keep wild horses on the range and save taxpayers millions of dollars annually by avoiding the mass removal and stockpiling wild horses in government holding facilities.
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Also of Note...
BLM's Hollow Response to The Atlantic
TheAtlantic.com this week published another outstanding article by legal analyst and commentator Andrew Cohen. The piece, entitled "BLM Unambitiously Responds," includes a point-by-point rebuttal of the BLM's feeble response to previous articles that exposed the forces behind the agency's costly and cruel wild horse management policy. Be sure to read the entire series of articles on TheAtlantic.com: "Wild Horses Losing Their Homes on the Range" and "The Quiet War Against Wyoming's Wild Horses." You can also follow Andrew Cohen, journalist and horseman, on Twitter here.
Two BLM Roundups Currently Underway
Photo by Laura Leigh
On Sunday, August 21, the BLM began the White Mountain/Little Colorado roundup in Wyoming. As of Tuesday, the BLM reports that 355 horses have been removed from their families and homes on the range and three horses have been killed during the roundup. The BLM daily reports are available here.
Approximately 500 miles away, the Triple B roundup is taking place outside of Ely, Nevada. This is the fifth week of this roundup, the largest roundup of the summer, and as of Tuesday, August 23, the BLM reports that 1,182 horses have been captured and 10 horses have been killed in the roundup, the majority of them young foals. The BLM plans to remove 1,726 horses from the nearly 1.7-million-acre Triple B Complex. The BLM daily reports are available here. Also see AWHPC eyewitness reports from Triple B.