The Nevada BLM is asking for public comments on its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the "3 Bars Ecosystem and Landscape Restoration Project."
This rangeland "restoration" project calls for temporary fencing, heavy equipment use in waterways, and chopping and burning vegetation in wild horse habitats. The current Draft EIS is ambiguous and fails to adequately analyze potential impacts to wild horses.
Please take a minute to urge the BLM to include more specific information and to more thoroughly analyze the impacts of the proposed actions on wild horses.
Revisions made to "Grazing Improvement Act" - Outreach to Key Senators Still Needed!
This month we joined with environmental advocates in an effort to stop the misnamed “Grazing Improvement Act” which would weaken requirements for environmental review of livestock grazing permits on federal land and extend the grazing permit period from 10 to 20 years.
The committee also added a provision that would allow for the voluntary, permanent retirement of grazing permits – but only in two states and only for a maximum of 10 permits. Sadly, the permit extension to 20 years remains in the bill, and compliance with NEPA appears to be optional under the new language, which requires agencies to conduct environmental review to “the extent practicable.”
Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), an equine protection champion, and Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) are the only Senators on the ENR committee to vote against the bill.
If you are from Louisiana or Washington, please call these Senators to thank them for their vote. If you are from the state of another committee member who voted for the bill, feel free to call their office and express your displeasure with the vote. Find phone numbers for Senators on the ENR committee here.
As you know, perpetuating livestock grazing on public lands is bad for the environment, and it's bad for our wild horses and burros whose protection consistently takes a back seat to private livestock grazing interests.
UPDATE: Fish & Wildlife Service Holds Special Briefing for Hill Staff
Thank you to everyone who voiced outrage over the Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS's) dumping of 250 wild horses captured from the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada on a slaughter middleman in Mississippi.
Due to thousands of calls and emails from AWHPC supporters to Senators on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which has oversight over federal wildlife refuges, the FWS scheduled a special briefing for Capitol Hill staff specifically on this issue earlier this month
Last week the FWS was scheduled to conduct an on-site inspection of the middleman, Stan Palmer of J&S Associates, and our allies on Capitol Hill are pressing the agency to 1) visually confirm the current location of all horses sent to Palmer; 2) positively confirm, via microchips, the identify of all Sheldon horses placed by Palmer; 3) establish third party oversight by bona fide rescue groups over J&S placement of all remaining Sheldon horses.
We will keep you posted on this developing situation, but wanted to thank you for helping us elevate this to the attention of the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee. This attention will help us in our longer-term effort to stop Sheldon from eradicating all of the historic wild horses and burros on refuge lands.