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Dear Supporter,                                       March 21, 2012

Please Call Your Senator TODAY!

Tomorrow, March 22: Your Senator Considers S.1129, a Grazing Bill Likely To Hurt Wild Horses

On Thursday, March 22, 2012, the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Public Lands and Forests Subcommittee will consider Senate bill 1129 (S. 1129), which would eliminate numerous environmental protections currently in place for managing livestock grazing on public lands.
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The pro-cattlemen bill would allow the government to renew grazing permits without considering the impacts on the environment or wildlife species, including wild horses and burros. S. 1129 would make it easier for ranchers and the government to continue to scapegoat wild horses and burros for range damage caused by livestock.
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Livestock overgrazing continues to destroy public lands, and existing minimal environmental protections must not be eroded by passage of this bill!
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You are receiving this email because at least one of your senators sits on the Energy & Natural Resource Subcommittee.
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Please take a moment to call your Senator from the list below, and urge him or her to vote NO on S. 1129 at the Public Lands and Forests Subcommittee meeting on Thursday, March 22. Brief talking points follow the list of telephone numbers below.
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Democratic Subcommittee Members
Senator Ron Wyden, Chair (OR) 202-224-5244
Senator Tim Johnson (SD) 202-224-5842
Senator Mary L. Landrieu (LA)  202-224-5824
Senator Maria Cantwell (WA) 202-224-3441
Senator Mark Udall (CO) 202-224-5941
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH) 202-224-2841
Senator Al Franken (MN) 202-224-5641
Senator Christopher A. Coons (DE) 202- 224-5042
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Republican Subcommittee Members
Senator John Barrasso (R, WY) 202-224-6441
Senator James E. Risch (R, ID) 202-224-2752
Senator Mike Lee (R, UT) 202-224-5444
Senator Rand Paul (R, KY) 202-224-4343
Senator Rob Portman (R, OH) 202-224-3353
Senator John Hoeven (R, ND) 202-224-2551
Senator Dean Heller (R, NV) 202-224-6244
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Talking Points
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S. 1129, if passed, will:
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Extend grazing permit terms to 20 years instead of the current 10-year terms.
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Categorically exclude grazing permit renewals from the current requirement to prepare an environmental analysis.
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Allow management decision-making modifications to a grazing permit to be made without public disclosure.
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♦ Provide the agency (via the Secretary) with the sole discretion to set the timing for grazing permits, thus allowing grazing permit renewals to be deferred indefinitely for lands where range monitoring data does not support renewal.
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Thank you for taking action protect wild horses and the environments that they call home.

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The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) is dedicated to preserving American wild horses and burros 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 and burro program undergoes fiscal and scientific reform;

    * Higher Appropriate Management Levels (AML) for wild horses and burros on those rangelands designated for them based on a fairer allocation of resources on our public lands;

   * Implementation of in-the-wild management, which would keep wild horses and burros on the range and save taxpayers millions of dollars annually by avoiding the removal and stockpiling of wild horses in government holding facilities.

www.WildHorsePreservation.org

www.StopTheRoundups.com

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