Special Interests Hide Inside their “No Science” Summit

Keith Norris

by Bonnie Kohleriter

A “Summit,” a conference called the National Wild Horse and Burro Management Summit, is being held in Salt Lake City August 22-24. 2017.

The “Summit” is by “invitation only” which is a cue that this is a conference with orchestrated propaganda to secure a desired outcome.

  • Keith Norris will “frame the issues.” Keith Norris is the Chair of the National Horse and Burro Rangeland Management Coalition and Director of Wildlife Policies and Programs within the Wildlife Society.  The Coalition is made up of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the NRA, the Masters of Foxhounds Association, the National Association of Conservation Districts (Ms. Callie Hendrickson’s affiliation, our slaughter queen advocate), Elk, Mule Deer, and Safari Club groups, as well as The Wildlife Society.
  • Keith Norris’s position is that the wild horses and burros should be brought to the AMLs, which means to their allowable numbers as stated in the Range Management Plans.  He doesn’t care that if only 17,000 to 26,000 wild horses and burros can be on our public lands, that then their existence as a species will be threatened moving toward extinction.  He doesn’t care that of the 168 wild horse and burro herds, 80%, if brought to AML, would be genetically unsustainable as stand alone herds.  Keith Norris thinks that any horse above the arbitrary numbers of 17,000 to 26,000 should be euthanized.
  • Keith Norris shows up at National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meetings, meeting after meeting.  He speaks frequently using the word “science” as if that word give validity to his opinions and desires.  The problem is, his Coalition and his Wildlife Society, who seem to like to throw around that word, science, don’t seem to show the principles, methodologies, or proofs behind what is said that show real science.  Noted in his “Summit” workgroups this week, he uses the word science again, ‘On the Range Science and Management’ and ‘Off the Range Science and Management.’
  • Though Keith Norris faithfully shows up at as a spokesperson for The Wildlife Society, where are the groups such as Wild Earth Guardians, The Center for Biological Diversity, the Natural Resources Defense Fund, The Wilderness Society, and more, who are not attached to the welfare public lands ranchers on our public lands as are Keith Norris’s groups?

A few questions may be asked of Keith Norris’ group.  Are our public lands not to be used for multiple use?  So why are 3 million livestock on our public lands when only 17,000 to 26,000 wild horses and burros can be on our public lands, which is questionably a non-sustainable number, which is against FLPMA?

So why are millions of mule deer, 1 million elk, 750,000 pronghorn antelope allowed on our public lands when only 17,000 to 26,000 wild horses and burros are allowed?  So why doesn’t the Coalition and Wildlife Society work on adjusting the numbers of livestock and wildlife to preserve our range lands?  It seems the coalition of ranchers and the wildlife hunters would be experts in offering management decisions on livestock and wildlife, but from where comes their expertise on managing wild horses and burros?

Is Rick Denvir, a mainline speaker at this Summit conference, an expert on management strategies and approaches for wild horses and burros, when he has spent his livelihood on managing wildlife in a Mormon livestock ranch?

THE TRUTH #5 – Kill Buyer Tom Davis paid the BLM only $17,940 for 1,794 wild horses & burros, but the BLM paid $145,704.60 to ship these animals to Davis

SOURCE:  Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Wild Horse Freedom Federation issues THE TRUTH to share Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents and information with the public.  Be sure to subscribe HERE to Wild Horse Freedom Federation, so that you can receive email alerts.

                                                                                                                                                                

THE TRUTH #6 – Dept. of the Interior Office of Inspector General details costs on shipping wild horses and burros to kill buyer Tom Davis

Below are the details contained in a DoI OIG Investigative Activity Report on the costs of shipping wild horses and burros to kill buyer Tom Davis.  From 2/13/2008 to 4/24/2012, the BLM spent $145,704.60 shipping our wild horses and burros to Davis.  Davis paid the BLM only $17,940 for these 1,794 wild horses and burros ($10 each).  The Agent’s Note states “During Davis’ interview, he stated that could make a profit of $2,500 to $3,000 for each load of horses he received from the BLM.”

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Most, if not all, of these wild horses and burros ended up going to a likely, and very horrific, slaughter in Mexico.

See the Dept. of the Interior Office of Inspector General’s records on this HERE.

http://wildhorsefreedomfederation.org/blog/truth-5-kill-buyer-tom-davis-paid-blm-17940-1794-wild-horses-burros-blm-paid-145704-60-shipping-wild-horses-burros-davis/

Agenda for this week’s Wild Horse & Burro Killers’ Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah

(Be sure to also read our Hall of Shame below the Agenda.)

THE HALL OF SHAME

     Utah Gov. Gary Herbert – In May, 2016, Herbert was criticized for unethical campaign fund-raising activity. In a tape that was made without his knowledge, as Herbert was trying to get donors to contribute his campaign finance money, Herbert said that he would go anywhere and do whatever it takes. “I’m available. I’m available Jones!” he was heard saying on the tape. Although he did say that there would be no quid pro quo he also said to the lobbyists in attendance that even if he did not agree with them that he would make them happy. (KUTV 2 News)

    Secretary of the Department of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, shown here giving BLM’s false information to Congress.  Zinke will be at the Summit to support the killing (and sterilizations) of over 46,000 wild horses and burros.

     Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah has lied to Congress by implying there was a 41% increase in wild horse & burro population in only 5 months, and by showing a photo of one thin horse, and claiming that a majority of the wild horse population on the range were starving or dying from dehydration.  Stewart was CEO of the Shipley Group, which consults government agencies on navigating through government regulations in the energy sector.  Among the bills Chris Stewart co-sponsored was H.R.334, the Keystone For a Secure Tomorrow Act.  This bill supported the building of the Keystone XL pipeline.  Chris Stewart’s brother, Tim, is a lobbyist for American Capitol Group, a Washington D.C. lobbying firm.  American Capitol Group has lobbied for fossil fuel interests like the Western Energy Alliance, a group mainly comprised of fracking and oil companies.  Tim Stewart lobbies for EnergyNorthAmerica, a company he co-founded to lobby for the Fossil Fuel Industry.  Read more about Chris Stewart’s family ties HERE.

     Keith Norris – Is both the Chair of the National Horse & Burro Rangeland Management Coalition AND the Director of Wildlife Policy & Programs for The Wildlife Society.  Read the testimony that Norris gave to the House Natural Resources Committee in June, 2016 HERE.

     Rick Danvir – Formerly the wildlife manager at Deseret Western Ranches.  (The Deseret Land & Livestock Ranch, DLL, consists of 200,000 acres owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.)  Danvir is now a private consultant (Basin Wildlife Consulting) leading the Wildlife and Range Programs for the Western Landowners Alliance.  The Board of Directors for Western Landowners Alliance includes Mike Phillips, a Montana State Senator, who also represents Ted Turner’s 2 million acres across fifteen ranches in the US and South America (1.2 million of those are in Montana and New Mexico).

Danvir’s Board and other affiliations include the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Committee, the Utah Wildlife Board, the Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit Association, the Utah Foundation for Quality Resource Management, The Wildlife Society, the Society for Range Management, the Quivira Coalition, and the Center for Holistic Resource Management.

 

Feel Good Sunday: Everyone Is Laughing Except Stable Owners After Dad Innocently Gives Horse A Haircut

Source: ReShareWorthy

Equine Hairdressers Beware

Sammy the horse lives at a rescue facility that takes care of farm animals needing rehabilitation. But when the owner of the stables came in to the check on the horses, she found Sammy had gotten a haircut, that is anything but flattering!

Everyone at the barn was up in arms after then saw the hilarious haircut this horse got from a dad who thought he was being helpful!

So my dad calls me the other day, says he got in trouble at the barn for cutting a horses hair and everyone’s pissed off. I felt bad for him until I got this picture from my mother.

Needless to say, Ellen (the barn owner) was not happy and neither was anyone else in the barn, so she wrote a stern note as warning: “Please!! No scissors!! Ellen is not happy…All horses will have manes, bridle paths and tails done by us from now on. Thank you!”
However, it turns out it was an innocent mistake made by a well meaning dad. Redditor btssmgss32412 shared the hilarious photo of Sammy and his haircut and provided some much needed answers into how Sammy came to get the haircut from her dad in the first place:

“As for some of the questions, I can elaborate! Ellen owns the stables, she is not the horse. The horses name is Sammy. I don’t know who specifically owns the horse. My parents own a horse that is boarded at this stable. The stable is a rescue facility that takes in all farm animals that need rehabilitation, and they also rent out a few stalls for some horses.

“My parents go there multiple times a week to take care of their horse, and while there they help out around the barn doing pretty much whatever they need done.

“According to my dad, he was cleaning out the stalls and he felt bad that the horse’s hair was getting in his eyes, and honestly thought he was helping the horse out.

“After he saw the sign, he immediately apologized, and it wasn’t a big deal after that. I do want to add, we’ve not grown up with horses, this is a relatively recent hobby (within the last few years). However ridiculous the horse looks, somehow my father thought he was helping!”

Read more at http://www.reshareworthy.com/horse-bad-haircut/#4ihiYOTHDVYDYJDj.99

Lawmakers Question Interior Secretary Over Whistleblower Reassignment

Source:  Project on Government Oversight (POGO)

Joel Clement, a whistleblower who until recently served as director of the Interior Department’s Office of Policy Analysis. (Photo provided by Wilkenfeld Law)

Bringing further attention to one of the most high-profile whistleblower cases to arise during the Trump administration so far, Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are supporting a Department of Interior executive who says management retaliated against him because he disclosed how climate change is creating acute risks to Alaskan coastal communities.

The whistleblower case is set against the backdrop of an administration that pulled out of the Paris climate accord, took steps to pull back from other initiatives meant to mitigate global climate change fueled by carbon emissions, and sought to unleash the fossil fuel industry.  The Interior Department is at the forefront of many of these policy changes.

The whistleblower, Joel Clement, until recently served as director of the Interior Department’s Office of Policy Analysis, where he worked with Alaska Native communities whose villages are endangered by flooding and rising shorelines experts say are caused by climate change.  He also managed much of the Obama administration’s Arctic initiatives, implementing Executive Orders, serving on international councils, and helping create the Arctic Executive Steering Committee, an interagency body tasked with coordinating policy on the Arctic.  Clement says he raised the tangible risks that climate change creates for Alaskan communities with White House officials in the Trump administration and senior Interior Department personnel, and it was “clear” to him that they were “uncomfortable” with his message.  Clement also spoke before the United Nations in June about the danger climate change poses to Alaskan villages.

Six days after that UN presentation, Interior Department management moved Clement out of his position into a new one with the Department’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) under a “directed reassignment” effort launched by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.  ONRR handles royalty payments from energy companies that draw fossil fuels from government lands.  “I am not an accountant — but you don’t have to be one to see that the administration’s excuse for a reassignment such as mine doesn’t add up,” said Clement in a Washington Post op-ed published July 19.  He filed a complaint the same day  with the Office of Special Counsel, a federal office that investigates whistleblower retaliation.

Read the rest of this article HERE.

Washington State University silences researcher to placate ranchers and politicians

SOURCE:  SEATTLE TIMES

A motion-triggered wildlife camera at the den site of the Profanity Peak pack captures pack members on camera last June 30. Seven pack members were killed by Department of Fish and Wildlife after the wolves killed cattle grazing on public land at the Colville National Forest. (WSU wolf livestock research program)

A WAR OVER WOLVES

Outspoken researcher says his university and lawmakers silenced and punished him

By Lynda V. Mapes, Seattle Times environment reporter

By a slow slide of river deep in Washington’s wolf country, Robert Wielgus laughs at the tattoo on his arm of Four Claws, the grizzly that almost killed him.

“I would rather face charging grizzly bears trying to kill me than politicians and university administrators, because it is over quickly,” said Wielgus, director of the Large Carnivore Conservation Lab at Washington State University.

A Harley-riding, self-described adrenaline junkie at home in black motorcycle leathers with a Stetson and a .357 in the pickup, Wielgus, 60, is no tweed-jacket academic. For decades he has traveled North America wrangling bears, cougars and wolves to collar and study their behavior, including collaborations with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Wielgus now finds himself crosswise with ranchers, lawmakers and WSU administrators — and their lobbyists. He’s lost grant funding for his summer research, has been forbidden from talking to media in his professional role and has been reviewed — and cleared — for scientific misconduct.

To understand why involves a look at state policy concerning a menagerie of animals: cougars, sheep, cattle and wolves. And one more animal: homo sapiens.

In Washington, it turns out, wolves and livestock are getting along better than the people who manage and study them.

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a national nonprofit specializing in government scientist whistleblower protection, in April filed a 12-page complaint against WSU officials, alleging the university punished and silenced Wielgus to placate ranchers and state legislators who objected to his research. WSU officials declined to comment for this story, citing possible litigation.

Read the rest of this story HERE.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Utah Visit Was an Embarrassment to the Interior Department and Teddy Roosevelt’s Legacy

Source: Center for Western Priorities.org

“From Wild Horses & Burros to National Monuments, Zinke Wages War Against the Wishes of American Taxpayers”

Zinke: “My Brain is THIS big!” Crowd: “Reeeeeally?”

DENVER—Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wrapped up a four day tour of Utah, where he visited Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The secretary’s visit was billed as a “listening tour” to hear from locals, but he did not hold a single public meeting, spent nearly the entire trip alongside national monument opponents, and failed to meet with key tribal leaders who have worked to protect threatened cultural sites as a national monument.

As the much-anticipated visit comes to a close, the Center for Western Priorities issued the following statement from Deputy Director Greg Zimmerman:

“It was amateur hour in Utah this week. Secretary Zinke’s one-sided listening tour amounted to little more than a series of staged photo ops with national monument opponents, while the loud pleas from the local monument supporters fell on deaf ears.

“Several times during his visit, Secretary Zinke indicated his mind is already made up— he wants to eliminate or shrink Bears Ears National Monument. Any action to undermine the Bears Ears, or any monument, will leave a dark stain on Secretary Zinke’s tenure at the Interior Department.”

During his trip, Secretary Zinke stood by as Senator Orrin Hatch insulted Native American tribes, then wagged his finger at a Native American monument supporter who asked why he refused to spend more than an hour listening to the tribes that originated the proposal for Bears Ears National Monument. The next day, Secretary Zinke borrowed a horse from San Juan County Commissioner Bruce Adams, who claimed “no one really settled here” before his white ancestors arrived in Utah.

Although Secretary Zinke claimed the outcome of his “review” is not preordained, his actions and words in Utah indicate otherwise. He told the Deseret News, “Bears Ears is a little large to me,” and during a press gaggle, said Bears Ears will “be public land after the monument.”

More Stupid Zinke Stuff:

https://www.ecowatch.com/zinke-national-monuments-2474403129.html

https://missoulanews.bigskypress.com/missoula/zinkes-plan-for-sage-grouse-could-be-disastrous/Content?oid=4758133

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/07/28/comment-they-tried-to-bully-murkowski-it-didnt-go-well/

http://flatheadbeacon.com/2017/08/15/public-lands-group-launches-ad-campaign-targeting-zinke/

http://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2017/08/16/lawsuit-filed-over-kane-garfield-commissions-meetings-with-zinke/

…and the hits just keep rolling.

Video: How Wolves Change Rivers

Video by Chris and Dawn Agnos

“Here at ‘Straight from the Horse’s Heart‘ and ‘Wild Horse Freedom Federation‘ we believe that nature takes care of nature and the misguided intervention of man usually leads to ecological disaster; primarily due to the need of greed to monetize all that is natural.

The wild equines of North America have been around since the dawn of time, in fact, they first evolved in North America as documented in recovered fossils and through scientific research.  But that is not what the land and cattle barons want you to hear.  To them, the horses are feral and are the cockroaches of the west when in reality it is the welfare cattle and sheep that are the foreigners that bring destruction to our native public lands.

This brief video, released in 2014, documents how, when left alone, nature not only manages herself but can heal and regain her gusto and vigor.  We believe that the same would be true of the horses and burros; we are not against predation as it is natural and nature would seek it’s own balance.  The federal governments plan to kill off/murder our national treasures for the misguided benefit of the few is NOT where we need to go.  Please download our free pamphlet from the link at the bottom of this page.  Enjoy the video. Be safe.” ~ R.T.


http://wildhorsefreedomfederation.org/news-alerts/tell-congress-stop-dont-kill-wild-horses-burros/

How will horses and other animals react to the eclipse?

Source:  horsechannel.com

 2017 Eclipse Path of Totality
By Wolfgang Strickling – Eclipse 2017 Android App, Geodata from OpenStreetMap, CC BY-SA 2.5, Link

By Leslie Potter

Total Eclipse of the Horse

Your horse is unlikely to take much notice of next week’s eclipse, but some animals might behave strangely when the sky goes dark.

What’s going on at your barn on a typical Monday around 2:30 in the afternoon? At my barn, there will be a lesson or two going on in the arena and we’ll be getting ready to do the afternoon feeding. This coming Monday, however, we’ll all stop what we’re doing to put on funny looking glasses and stare straight at the sky.

For months, everyone has been talking about the rare total eclipse that will make its way across the U.S. on Monday, August 21. The path of totality (a fantastic sci-fi-sounding term if I’ve ever heard one) spans a diagonal path across the continent beginning in Depoe Bay, Oregon, at 10:17 a.m. local time and ending in Charleston, South Carolina, at 2:47 p.m. Those along the path will experience a total solar eclipse, meaning the moon will appear to completely block the sun. But even if you’re not in the path, most of North America will see some degree of eclipse.

(Unless it’s a cloudy day. Then you’ll just see very dark clouds.)

The path of totality clips the southwestern corner of Kentucky. Here in Lexington, we’ll have a 95 percent eclipse. How will that affect the equine residents of the Horse Capital of the World? As previously mentioned, their human handlers might stop what they’re doing to don eye protection (hopefully) to stare at the sky. So they’ll have to deal with that.

For those in the path of totality, daylight will quickly dim to twilight. The temperature could drop approximately five degrees Fahrenheit. While it won’t be as sudden or startling a change as when, say, the power goes out in the indoor arena during your evening riding lesson, your horse might react to the change in light and temperature. You know, unless he’s too busy grazing.

How Animals Respond to an Eclipse

According to National Geographic, there are accounts of cows returning to the barn during an eclipse, as if the sun were setting. During a 2001 eclipse, Giraffes foraging near a watering hole reportedly stopped eating and started running around during the darkness, then resumed their normal grazing routine when the light returned.

Other species might share the human trait of stopping and gawking. Dr. Douglas Duncan, director of the Fiske Planetarium at the University of Colorado, tells TIME that he witnessed a group of dolphins and whales silently surface during a total eclipse near the Galapagos Islands in 1998.

Read the rest of this article HERE.

BLM Web Disaster

SOURCE:  climatewest.org

“The Bureau of Land Management has already been under fire for using its website to promote fossil fuel industry interests, but this absolute elimination of online access and information is a scandal of epic proportions.”

Trump’s BLM Web Disaster

By

For those who don’t know, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has been moving to a new website over the last several months. Far from a seamless transition, however, the move has been a complete disaster.

In the last several weeks, the agency seems to have completely disconnected its old website, effectively erasing any content that once existed on the web. While this wouldn’t be a bad thing if the Bureau had migrated all its content to the new website, unfortunately, this hasn’t happened. Making matters worse, the new website seems to be incomplete, lacks cohesion and any semblance of organization, is slow to load, and barely registers on web searches.

The result has been a complete web catastrophe: Information that was once publicly available is no longer accessible, public access to information and web pages seems to have been eliminated, and, more than ever, Americans are in the dark when it comes to the functions and actions of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Let’s be clear, no matter what your interest or agenda is, this is a major affront to transparency. It also underscores how President Trump and his Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, are bent on shutting out the public out of the management of public lands and resources.

For years, the American public has relied on the Bureau of Land Management’s websites to access all sorts of information: recreation maps; instructions for filing applications for permits and claims; reports and analyses; news updates; staff contact information; and more. Now, it’s pretty much all gone.

Read the rest of this article HERE.