The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Nevada wants to lease 193 parcels of land in the Ely District for oil and gas development. Fourteen of these parcels overlap two key wild horse Herd Management Areas (Silver King and Eagle). The agency admits that such development can result in disruption and displacement of federally-protected wild horses. In addition, hydraulic fracturing (fracking) uses enormous amounts of water, which would negatively impact wild horses during this time of extreme drought in the West.
BLM routinely excludes key habitat for sensitive species and archeologically-important sites from oil and gas development. Please take a moment to tell the BLM to exclude the 14 land parcels that include protected wild horse habitat from this public land leasing plan.
Utah Roundup: 20,000 Citizens Speak Up for Wild Horses - Spread the Word!
In just seven days, nearly 20,000 citizens took time to oppose a planned BLM roundup of between 600-700 wild horses in southwestern Utah. But it's time to spread the word to get even more Americans involved!
This roundup has been proposed as a direct result of threats and bullying by Utah ranchers and their allies in local government. Last week, we learned that the BLM intends to remove 200 horses without preparing an Environmental Assessment to analyze the impacts of the action on the land and the horses. And this week, the ranchers, not content with targeting Utah's mustangs, are taking aim at wildlife, suggesting that the state issue more hunting licenses to kill elk and deer. In the eyes of these ranchers, wild horses and wildlife compete for forage on our public lands that they believe belongs to their cows.
You've already spoken out against this outrageous plan, but we can't let up. Take a few moments to ask your friends and family to join us:
Burro Awareness: Americans Love Burros!
May is Burro Awareness Month, dedicated to increasing understanding of and appreciation for these amazing animals who often receive less attention than their cousins, the wild horses. Like wild horses, burros helped to build the West and their historic legacy is supposed to be preserved under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. But like wild horses, they are often under attack by a federal program that uses helicopters to remove them by the hundreds from the lands of their birth.
In honor of Burro Awareness Month, we've asked our supporters and coalition partners to share their stories and photos of burros they have encountered and/or share their lives with. Please enjoy these stories, and also be sure to post your own on our Facebook Page, or email them to email@example.com. Let's show our appreciation for the intriguing and adorable burros of the American West!
The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign is dedicated to preserving American wild horses and burros in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage. The Campaign is endorsed by a national coalition of more than 60 organizations. AWHPC's founding organization Return to Freedom (RTF), is a national non-profit dedicated to wild horse preservation through sanctuary, education and conservation. RTF's American Wild Horse Sanctuary is based in Lompoc, CA.
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