Photo: Mary Cioffi
The wild horses living in and around the Pine Nut Mountains need your help this Thursday. The BLM recently announced an ill-conceived plan to remove 86% (500 of 579) of the wild horses living in and around the Pine Nut Mountains. This proposal would devastate the wild horse population in the area -- force horses to inbreed -- and remove the Gardnerville community's beloved horses living in the Fish Springs area.
We need you to give public comments before the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) citizen-advisory board Sierra Front-Northwestern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council (RAC); the RAC is meeting in Carson City this Thursday. This citizen advisory board has previously recommended to the BLM to implement a large-scale humane birth control program and to work with the Gardnerville community to humanely manage the Fish Springs horses. But we need the RAC to make the recommendation again! Will you please help us?
WHAT: BLM Sierra Front-Northwestern Great Basin RAC meeting
WHEN: January 26, 2017 (Thursday) *Public comments are held at 8:15 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.
WHERE: BLM Carson City District office 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, NV 89701
HERE'S WHAT YOU COULD SAY DURING PUBLIC COMMENTS:
1. We request that the RAC again urge the BLM (it has twice before) to commit to the established partnership with the Gardnerville community to humanely manage the Fish Springs horses and to drop the agency's current proposal to remove horses in Fish Springs.
2. Additionally, we ask the RAC to urge the BLM not to remove 86% (500 of 579) of the horses living in and around the Pine Nut Mountains Herd Management Area (HMA). Such a large-scale removal will force horses to inbreed -- fathers with daughters, sisters with brothers. This is a terrible thing to inflict on the horses. More than 50% of the HMA is under-utilized by wild horses -- yet BLM takes no actions to ensure the wild horses are more evenly distributed throughout the HMA. Instead the BLM is continuing business as usual with a roundup instead of the humane on-the-range birth control management supported by the majority of citizens including this RAC.
The agenda for the meeting is available here.
Thank you for standing strong for Nevada's wild horses and burros,
- The AWHPC Team
P.S. Background information: The RAC has more than 30 wild horse and burro Herd Management Areas under its jurisdiction covering the BLM's Carson City and Winnemucca Districts. The RAC advises and makes recommendations to the BLM on public land management. These meetings are open to the public and provide the public an opportunity to make comments to this citizen-based council.