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The BLM Spinning out of Control

by Steven Long, editor of Horseback Magazine

Ken Salazar, Puppeteer or Puppet?

Ken Salazar, Puppeteer or Puppet?

HOUSTON, (Horseback) – It was as if a message came down from on high for the boys at Interior and the Bureau of Land Management to do something to make those damned phones stop ringing. So Sec. Ken Salazar and the Director of the Bureau of Land Management, Bob Abbey, put on their tap dancing shoes and began to spin.

The big lie came late in the hastily called press conference announced at the last minute to settle America’s angst about those 69,000 wild horses the BLM reluctantly owns – the result of a 1971 law it never wanted because the land was more valuable as range land for cattle, leased for minerals, or set aside for big game hunters

“Cattle grazing’s been steadily reduced on BLM lands since 1940,” Abbey said.

And there’s the spin.

BLM land leased to ranchers by the bureau may have been reduced overall since the year before America entered World War Two. Yet just the opposite has happened to the millions of acres set aside with passage of the 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act.

The law called for BLM to set up protected area for wild horses where they were found at the time the new law went into effect. Since then, that acreage has steadily decreased as the agency leased 13 million acres thereby dramatically impacting and reducing wild horse habitat.

Now the BLM claims it has no place to put the 32,000 wild horses it has in captivity costing the taxpayers daily.

Captured Wild Horses from recent Pryor Mountain "gather" - Free one moment, imprisoned the next

Captured Wild Horses from recent Pryor Mountain "gather" - Free one moment, imprisoned the next

Currently, according to Salazar, there are 69,000 wild horses, total. The BLM has an aggressive program to capture 10,000 more horses from their wild habitat next year, according to the officials.

Fewer horses on BLM lands open up valuable acres for potential livestock leases. Currently, the BLM’s going rate is $1.35 per animal per month.

“Too often people try to make this a wild horse vs. livestock issue.,” Salazar, a Colorado lawyer and rancher told reporters.

In late September, Sen. Mary Landrieu passed a bill calling for the BLM to come up with a new plan for dealing with wild horses within a year. Salazar and Abbey wasted no time. The new plan announced Wednesday will establish “Wild Horse Preserves” in the Midwest and East on “productive land.”

No mention was made by either official of the millions of acres of BLM land which lies vacant in the American west, land it wouldn’t cost taxpayers a cent to set aside for wild horses.

Moreover, no mention was made during the press conference of BLM not renewing grazing leases as their term expires.

The new plan would “showcase” current herds and highlight them as monuments.

In the press conference Salazar referred to the Pryor Mountain horses made

BLM running horses in 95+ degree heat at Pryor "gather"

BLM running horses in 95+ degree heat at Pryor "gather"

famous by Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker Ginger Kathrens in her “Nature” series on PBS as one such herd. However, Salazar neglected to mention that equine geneticists have charged a BLM “gather” over Labor Day week possibly reduced that herd’s numbers beyond genetic viability. Some of the animals were injured as well in a stampede down a 5,000 foot rocky slope for up to ten miles, driven by a roaring helicopter (click HERE to read story in Horseback Magazine).

BLM has announced plans soon to hold more roundups that will reduce a herd at McCollough Peaks, WY, by 90 percent. The gathers have drawn fire from wild horse lovers, angered by what they call BLM’s callous treatment of the animals.

Salazar said his new plan would develop a “strategy to keep horses at a sustainable level.”

Herds on western lands would be severely reduced because of neutering.

He also suggested BLM would open management of the proposed seven new wild horse ranges to private non profit organizations and would consider a proposal from billionaire Madeleine Pickens to set up a vast preserve for the Mustangs.

“Our proposal doesn’t in any way knock out her proposal,” Salazar said. “Her proposal will be considered with all of the other proposals.”

Previously, BLM has repeatedly said no to the Pickens proposal.

The BLM would retain management of two of the new preserves. The new protected areas would hold about 25,000 horses each.

Salazar said the acquisition cost for new lands in the Midwest and East to house the horses is estimated at $92 million, a modest sum for tens of thousands of acres in today’s real estate market.

The Voice of the Public

The Voice of the Public

Yet late Wednesday night the proposal was greeted with howls of protest from horse advocates who have long fought for wild horses and against the contentious practice of equine slaughter.

Part of Salazar’s new strategy would reduce requirements for adoption of a wild horse or burro. Critics say BLM’s current adoption requirements are already lax and enable “killer buyers” purchasing the horses for the slaughter market to slip through without serious scrutiny.

“They think we are the dumb ones,” said Barbara Warner of Kentucky. “They are proposing to move the horses, use even more birth control, and lessen adoption regulations. In other words wipe them out completely.”

“Flood the White House with post cards demanding that Salazar be fired on the spot for mismanagement of the wild horses,” said West Virginia’s Bonny Oliver. “Thousands of cards should get somebody’s attention.”

In a final spin, BLM spokesman Tom Gorey danced a final pirouette telling the Association Press, “We think there is real potential for ecotourism,” he said. “Everybody loves horses.”

(Please, keep calling and writing; ask for a moratorium on any more round-ups until we get an accurate accounting of how many horses are warehoused, where they currently are located and a rock solid number of how many horses are actually in the wild.  The BLM’s numbers are currently a moving targets – R.T.)

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  1. For Ed Salazar and the BLM to move horses from the west to the Midwest is preposterous. What do you think this newly spun plan by Salazar is about?

    Well I wil tell you my feelings on what I think Salazars deceptive plan is designed to do.

    The BLM is clearly planning to disseminate captive horses that are supposedly on public land in BLM holding pens and move them to private ranches to conceal them from public audit. This newly devised strategy by Ed Salazar is suspect of the Bureaus feeble attempt at hiding the 33,000 horse that they claim to have in their inventory.

    Think not?

    By the way… Who is footing the bill to transport a few thousand horses cross country?

    What if livestock haulers volunteer their services to help out Mr Salazar? Dont forget! Ed Salazar’s family owns a cattle ranch deep in the heart of Colorado. I am sure that he will get plenty of assistance moving horses.

    Oh and don’t forget..Once the horses are loaded onto trailers, and no one other than the BLM has loaded them.

    Where do you think the horses will end up?

    On a nice lush farm somewhere in the Midwest where they will live out their days under the protective care of the BLM?

    We better get off our arises and find a way to monitor this disaster

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    • At some point it is up to us to stop the roundups with civil disobedience. It is very effective. It has changed this country. We are the voices of horses and burros. The burros are nearly gone and will be soon. It is illegal to remove our horses and burros from their lands. If we get a moratorium, that is great, if we pass ROAM, that is better, BUT I hope it is WITHOUT the REQUIREMENT TO USE ANTI FERTILITY DRUGS AND NATURAL PREDATOR/PREY RELATIONSHIP WILL BE ADDED!! Let’s not make the same mistake BLM did. mar

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  2. Another pathetic and desperate attempt of BLM to take a detour in the public’s eye to deceive their ill plans into a painting of “credibility and assurance” that they manage our wild horses….
    when it is clear they ONLY scramble before the ROAM act passes and because we are watching and speaking up. Like the BLM in CA. told me… “they are on nice ranches”… after inquiring on WHERE the captured horses DO end up…

    BLM, Salazar, Reid and the likes of their corrupt croonies in big cowboy hats and fat paychecks – aren’t you, the General American Public getting infuriated on how they insult our intelligence ?? They truly push it now – sabotaging yet again our efforts and the horses future, if it takes a revolution, so be it ! Let’s show them !!
    Write to Jane Velez Mitchell at CNN and ASK she does another segment on this issue to keep it exposed – we must keep this momentum and FIGHT – if you believe in democracy and your voice, stand up NOW and do this – they CANNOT win their propaganda and take all we have left…

    Please invest your spirit in this – it will pay off – BLM and Salazar are evil – bombard them with your postcards –
    This is OUR heritage, we MUST defend it – FIGHT !!!!

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  3. We need a U.S. Bureau of Wild Horse & Burro Management staffed only by people who love them and have only their best interest at heart. Americas wild & free-roaming equines simply MUST stay on their historic rangelands and in viable numbers. Let the BLM go back to being “The U.S. Grazing Service” so it can figure out what to do with “so many cows” getting in the way of their development plans. Yes it is true, even the BLM doesnt like cows anymore as they have found a more profitable way to exploit the land. The wild horses will go first,…and then the cows. It not really about ranching (or rangeland conditions) anymore….its about the biggest bang for the almighty buck, and I dont mean the four legged kind (although they enter into the picture too, with expansion of wildlife preserves (NOT to include WFH&Bs)

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  4. Folks, I’m not quite sure which direction we have to go in at this moment but after listening to the inane teleconference from Salazar and Abbey today this is an all out call for any and all ideas to find a way to stop the roundups and make our voices heard in Washington DC. We WILL lose OUR horses and burros to these idiotic preserves that Salazar wants to enforce. More than once Salazar made mention of “his authority” to make these decisions. AGAIN, a government employee that has determined that he and he alone will make decisions above and beyond what the American taxpayer wants. There was a lot of talk about how the horses and burros are in such bad shape and are destroying public lands but almost no talk of the situation with cattle grazing on the same lands. Only once was it brought up and Abbey made mention a couple of times that, Oh, this is definitely not a situation of cattle over horses and that basically that was a concept that had gotten out and was misunderstood by the public at large AND cattle are pulled off if they are destroying habitat also. It was also brought up that the horses are a detriment to the “other” wildlife, i.e.. antelope, deer, etc. Now I will be the very first one to admit that I have not been on all ranges or under all conditions but the ranges that I have seen and observed where horses and “other” wildlife have been living together have been healthy and the animals are healthy and thriving as Mother Nature intended. While there are circumstances that wildfire or severe drought can be a life and death situation for some of OUR wildlife, part of that is Mother Nature’s design but a large part of it is human intervention that has cut the natural range down to a point to where the animals do not have the option of moving to a different locale so that the damaged range can recover. I am not against ranchers, my family were ranchers and farmers but they were not greedy or self-righteous in their quest to live or have a better life. This is only my opinion of this teleconference but it sure seemed very contrived and even the questions to Salazar and Abbey sounded very set up to me. There certainly was not any real discourse or hard questions ask. If you get the idea that by me not addressing either one of these men with their “title” as irritation and lack of respect you’re right. Neither one in my opinion deserve it. While I have become more cynical in the last few months, I still would welcome a truthful and honest assessment of the wild horse and burros situation in OUR Country and will always work for decent and REAL alternatives and VIABLE solutions to this long, ongoing debate of how to be stewards for OUR public lands and wildlife. To me, I just can’t handle the “my way or the highway” attitudes anymore when it is OUR money and OUR majority decisions that should be the final factor in what is good and done for our Nation.

    Thanks for letting me get on my soapbox here. I know we all have ideas and we need to find the ideas that will be most effective and band together with a major focus and keep working for a good outcome. We have to have Open minds, Fair minds, armed with the real facts and truth and with only ONE GOAL, to make sure the horses and burros are protected from this all out effort to basically remove them from their homes and the lands we promised to them. The special interests of mining, drilling, hunting and private ranching SHOULD NOT be allowed to destroy OUR Public Lands and Wildlife or have proprietary use of it. THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. PLEASE KEEP CALLING,EMAILING,POSTCARDS to the Whitehouse and media.

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    • ROAM is in Natural Resources Committee. I keep hearing it won’t get out because of the cattle lobby. But I am not hearing what mining/extractive industry is doing, but there must be people on the committee aligned with them. Does anyone know enough about board members to say? We know that we have an ally in Mary Landreiu. There are people we need to be communicating with who may hold the key to getting ROAM on the senate docket. Who are they? mar

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  5. I have heard from some wild horse advocates that they are happy with Salazars plan,…and here is my reply to them;

    I am looking at this also from a “Public Land” POV….and wondering, what is to become of the public lands where the horses used to roam? One ans: private development.

    I am of the mind that as long as the WFH&B are allowed to keep their (1971) historic rangelands,…the land will be preserved also, in perpetuality, as “public domain.”

    So with me anyways, it is not just about wild equines, it is also about preserving their traditional and historic rangelands….for the enjoyment of ALL Americans.

    CJ

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    • I have heard that some of the advocates working closely with the BLM are for this plan,..as is the person who told me their-self but dosent want to share their feelings with the public at this time. The person did make the point that, no matter what becomes of the wild ones once the “excess” members are removed,….it is important to keep the “main herds” were they are. That is my main concern also….that the wild ones stay wild and free on their historic ranges,…in viable numbers, of course. I just dont see that happening under the “stewardship” of BLM.

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      • Hey compassionate1, not intended toward you, I respect your opinion – just trying to get everything straight.

        Would returning the 10 million acres (I’ve heard 14 million in other places) absorb “excess” numbers and even allow older, unadoptble horses to be returned to thier homes? They are mostly old and will die pretty soon anyway. What is the acerage that the $90 plus million dollars will buy? And if all the horses are sterile, how long are these preserves going to last? So we buy this land, then in 10 to 20 years or so all the horses are dead, then what? Just does not make any sense to me.

        We already own that 10 to 14 million acres of Public Land, and according to Salazar cattle are down 40% since 1940, so why not even give some of that land for the “excess horses”? Especially, not advocating this, they are going to be all sterilized anyway.

        If you don’t mind, pose these questions to your source and let us know what they think.

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  6. Hi compassionate1, I haven’t found those advocates that are happy with Salazars plan. I would like to respond to them also, at least keep track of them, where did you find them?

    And, as I have learned, there are some that propose to be advocates, such as Pryor Mountain horse breeders, Cattoors who make millions rounding them up, McNabbs who make millions off them, but arent’ really in the spirit, as you and I are, of leaving wild horses alone, reducing or eliminating preditor kill offs, returning their rightful land, stoping roundups, maybe, just maybe, using darted fertility control if, and only if needed, accounting for the penned animals and returning them home, etc.

    I even accidentally signed a petition without really understanding it. It proposed to want to save the wild horses. After a couple of days I realized it had stated “demand enforcement of the current law” – then I realized the current law is the Burns Act.

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    • Why would you prefer to reduce or eliminate predator kills? Wild horses benefit from predation in that great old tome “Survival of the fittest” which insures that those with any problems will be taken by predators, thus providing population control through natural selection. Giving any artificial anti fertility drugs should be approached slowly and only if necessary. ROAM’s flaw is Requiring anti fertility drugs. You read Craig Downers piece, here, that he prepared for the WH&B< BLM Advisory board. He sees wild horses as wildlife. This is what I see also. In time that means that horses may truly roam free. If we keep handling them I feel they will not reach this potential. Maybe you feel that losing foals and old to the violence of a Puma attack is cruel. But the horses learn better defense and become the best they can be with predator pressure. mar

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      • Yes, reduce the killing/hunting of predators – feed the Pumas! And wolves, and bears.

        I wrote – “reducing or eliminating preditor kill offs”

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      • I’m still scared of calling wild horses “wildlife”. Why would they be treated any different than any other wildlife? Then, unless they were listed on an endangered species list, they would be subject to hunting. What would prevent that from happening? – maybe I’m totally off base.

        I’ve seen this proposed actually on bloggs on YouTube by anti wild horse people and have argued against hunting horses, that they are Icons like the eagle.

        I would prefer they be designated as American Heritage symbols, or something like that (someone else had something better than that from CFR, but don’t remember what that was).

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      • PS I have no qualms about predators killing anything –
        I’ve done my share of hunting, skinning, gutting, cleaning both domestic animals and wild animals in my younger days as a human predator – grew up on a farm, into a cattle/horse/hunting family. Turned to shooting with a camerea many many years ago, but I still eat meat and have no delusions how that gets to the supermarket, then on my plate, nor any delusions of how Pumas, Wolves, bears stalk, kill and devour their dinners either.

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      • Roxy, Duh! But about hunting, I do not believe horses would ever be hunted because our society does not eat horse flesh. Regardless of what the Belgians do and the rare European. WE do not eat horses. We do not hunt buffalo either. Both of these animals are very large and would be too easy to kill with firearms. There is no sport in that. You have to assume that your prey has a chance to flea and live. Some horses have been so harassed by people that it is hard to get near them and really cruel to make them run for there lives. Any animals that are acclimated to viewing by people as in Yellowstone and the Pryor Mountains are at an unfair advantage. Wolves have had a very harsh awakening this year, having become mildly acclimated to human activity, they are now being hunted entirely for sport and make an easy target when they leave the park boundaries. Hunting our few and mostly endangered predators, whom we need to renew and balance herd animals is a hotly debated subject. But we need our predators for our herd animals. Mar

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  7. Hi All, Below is the info I got late yesterday and jumped on the phone just in time to listen. I actually am not sure where to find a replay, I expect the BLM website may have one on it but I haven’t been there to check or maybe this teleconference site has archives that can be played back. I am on my way out the door or I would check it out. Sorry.

    On Wednesday, October 7, 2009, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey will hold a news media teleconference to announce a major decision concerning BLM’s wild horse and burro program. The teleconference will begin at 1:00 p.m. EDT and will be available to reporters and editors around the nation who may participate by dialing 1-888-324-7177 and entering the access code 2174436.

    Who: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
    Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey

    What: A media call-in regarding the Administration’s new set of proposals aimed at turning around the national wild horse and burro program.

    When: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. EDT

    Media: Those joining the teleconference should dial 1-888-324-7177 and enter the participant passcode 2174436.

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  8. Thanks Shirley, will try BLM for a replay of the conference call.

    Here is a research point, wouldn’t know where to begin:

    If the horses have so threatened the “other wildlife” – deer, Antelope etc., then of course, there were no hunting permits for those wildlife that the horse has reduced? UH, SLIP UP HERE I THINK.

    WHERE DO WE GET A LISTING OF ALL HUNTING PERMITS ISSUED AND THE LOCATIONS ALLOWED FOR THE HUNTING?

    We know for a fact that this was NOT the case in the Pryors, because one of the earlier comments from BLM why they had to do the roundup when they did was that hunting season was coming up. There were permits issued for 3 long horned somethings (don’t remember).

    And, change subject. If one lived in Nevada, or California, or any western state, and loved to go see their free roaming herds nearby, living happy and free, families interacting as nature intends, little foals playing, all that – what makes BLM think one would now want to travel to the midwest or east to see those horses now all sterilized, just grazing? I know I sound like a broken record, but what is it they don’t get about “wild & free”. There must be something we are not communicating properly to them? We need to try harder – or just peristence?

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    • Roxy, Every state publishes this information in booklets available to all each year. There were big horn sheep permits, they were introduced onto an edge of the Pryors.

      There is a huge land grab going on. First the horses and burros lose out to their own ecosystem, then to cattle and wildlife and next all to gas and oil leases. The horses and burros are safest on their own lands. Obama has held off on new oil and gas leases. I hope that continues for as long as possible.

      We need to keep the fight going, expose the lies and myths and do all we can to tell the public what is going on. Then we have the best chance to pass ROAM and save all our wild burros and horses. mar

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      • Yes, if we could prove that the permits issues for wildlife hunting have not been affected by the horse, that would then disprove BLMs claim that the horses are displacing wildlife.

        Yes, also, I have been preaching YouTubes “Bush, Oil and Mustangs” and “Robert Redford BLM” since the beginning – it is so obviouse to me. The cattle people just have not caught on yet that they are next unless this is turned around.

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  9. It’s all about the uranium in the Priors and the natural gas in Wyoming and a natural gas pipeline from Canada via Cedarville CA (which BLM cleaned out at least three HMA’S while all the attention was on Cloud’s tragedy). Get rid of the horses first, then the cattle, won’t be enough wildlife left to worry about, THEN comes all the land sales, swaps & leases without any animals to screw up the EIR’s ! And I thought the enviromental community was happy when Obama nominated Salazar ?

    We need to better enlist the media and get the real science out there for the public’s knowledge, who are the only ones that can pressure Congress into doing what’s right and pass the ROAM Act as a start, and then get Salazar fired along with impeaching Nevada’s Gibbon.

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    • We do not need to mine uranium to sell to China. This is not going to happen. Big horn sheep and gas and oil would take the Pryors before uranium. Cattle,
      too. Not that they would last. mar

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      • I’m afraid you have it backwards – the US imports uranium mostly from Canada(mined) & Russia(decommissioned nuc bombs)-the Russian source will disappear I think in 2012 when the contract expires – that’s when the Priors will become an ultimate DOMESTIC source for the power plants that Obama wants to build (and we probably need). I’ve not heard anything about a uranium and China connection ?

        This is a major part of our problem – the true science & facts isn’t getting out to the general public !

        How did Wild Horse Annie manage to get the 1971 Act passed without the Internet and all the other technology we have at our disposal ? Maybe some civil disobedience is in order as previously mentioned. A Million Mustang March on Wash DC would get us some attention. My Mustang & I are ready to GO !

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      • Greg Faria, I mentioned civil disobedience. And there is a demand for uranium in India and China. We have no plans for building nuclear plants. These are all facts that have been reported by national news agencies. We have been closing uranium mines recently. There have been attempts to open new mines in Colorado that failed. There was an attempt to open the Urovan mine here, in Colorado, again. We no longer have the program with Russia, Nukes for Food. We have just closed the uranium mines at the Grand Canyon, finally. I am aware of true science and fact and you seem to be out of date. I was a kid and wrote letters to Wild Horse Annie meself. This has been my fight for over 50 years. We can’t afford to build nuclear plants, if you wonder why I say this. Maybe I am not the General Public! I tried using the million man March as an example to get people interested in a REAL march on Washington. That is still an option. I think you have the right attitude and you might check your facts, young man. I do not want to get you angry at me.
        I think we may not have the same backgrounds but we want the same thing.
        Russia is no longer decommissioning nuclear war heads, they and we ought to be. Bush ended that program for no good reason.

        I do want us to march on Washington, if we have to. First we ought to stop roundups and if Hope Ryden got arrested taking photos of wild horses on a military base, can’t you tell she is pointing the way? Are we all afraid of getting arrested? Just be sure to do so on a Monday so you can be processed and released the next day. You don’t want to spend a weekend in jail. I hope you get back to me, Greg. mar

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      • Greg, Mar, Thanks both – EIR – wonder how thats been tampered with during the last eight years?

        WMD, EPA …we know how BLM science reports have been tampered with – if that news clip was corrct about people resigning when forced to change their reports.

        However, I think the pipeline is enevitable (spell?). Thanks for the great observance of the horse removals and the path of the pipeline.

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      • From what friends have said about pipelines they worked on, there wold be no real reason to remove horses along the route. Excuses would be a better way to see it. BLM needs only excusesto do what they do. Reason doesn’t seem to factor in. The horses are gone. The Proposal to Nowhere from Salazar, which reflects current activity, needs to be debunked as much as possible.

        If there is organization for watching roundups would someone post it?? The need for this is extremely urgent. mar

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      • Except for our age & backgrounds I don’t think we’re that we’re that different. And obviously when it comes to Mustangs you’re not the ‘general public’. I’d be proud to ride aside you to Wash DC. I wouldn’t doubt that Bush screwed up the Nucs for Food deal, but I’m pretty sure it’s just been within the last week or two that I read something based on the Dept of Energy figures that we’re still receiving Russian uranium until expiration of the agreement – maybe that’s what Bush did – push up the expiration date ? I got sick of following all his anti-environmental antics so I may be out of date on some things. There’s just so much to try keep up with.

        We may not currently have any plans for any nuc plants but I do believe that we will eventually be building power plants and either mining our own uranium or importing it competing with China & India as you say. The Feds are closing all sorts of mines as a general policy due to their toxicity and people getting hurt. And I agree that the pipelines or transmission lines from solar or geothermal plants shouldn’t adversely affect our Mustangs (except during initial construction which can be controlled/mitigated, I’m from a construction background), it’s that they’re political pawns when it comes to the EIR’s. The Environmental Zealots will use the presence of the horses & wildlife, then the cattle, as reasons to block the projects and the Feds are just trying to eliminate their ammunition for potential arguments.

        We have to meet somewhere in the middle. And maybe some middle ground has come up – I just learned of a proposal called the Winecup Gamble Ranch Wild Horse Sanctuary. Haven’t read the details yet but it sounds like something Madeleine Pickens may be able to include in her proposal. There apparently is a fly in the ointment – horses didn’t live there in 1971 when the HMA’s were developed (says’s who ?), so the ROAM Act would have to be amended to include this area. Get to our Senators to do so now ! And pass the ROAM Act ASAP, it’s a good start at protecting our heritage !

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      • Greg, Glad to read your comments again. In the George Knapp report he says the reason why Madeleine Pickens was refused a sanctuary in Nevada was because they had removed horses and did not want them back. I will have to listen again. But they are barring the placement of wild horses to only where they want them. Although Senator Mary Landreiu from Louisiana has told them to leave gathered horses in the West as in Ennis, Montana and other places.

        We do not have to be environmental zealots to want things to be done in a manner to be safe for wildlife and water sources. Water is so precious in the West and has been polluted from mining extensively. In the Knapp report they filmed many waterholes that were fenced off from horses and wildlife, but not cattle; shown was a dead horse next to a fence full of cattle next to the water hole on horse land. They have simply gone too far. I hope you have seen this report from Channel 8, Las Vegas. mar

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    • Greg F nailed it and government agencies need to quite thinking of horse and burro advocates as uneducated and uninformed. We should not be categorized as “environmental loonies” just because we want to preserve our horses, burros, wildlife and public lands. Many folks have been treated as they have no right to an opinion and they have been invalidated as to having constructive, viable solutions that could very possibly save lands, lives and money. We have some very experienced, educated, open minded researchers,scientist,professors and very active advocates that have an extreme amount of experience with range and wildlife usage and daily hands on work in the field but this “Well” of experienced people never seem to be tapped for input into solution solving, constructive conversation. If they would once realize we can do far more with working together on these situations it certainly would not have to be one against the other and the outcome would not be so volatile. Yes, it’s an emotional issue with most of us because we are dealing with living, breathing, caring creatures but that doesn’t preclude any one of us from having an idea or solution that could be a “win-win” or at least find a compromised solution. It is totally about give and take and so far it feels that all the BLM has done is take. We need fair and honest representatives from BLM and the Department of Interior that will form a commission for stewardship of our Public Lands and Wildlife. One that is compiled of at least as many competent advocates as government officials and that will in the end have equal say in how we treat our Nation’s most important and irreplaceable treasures. Our Country’s Public Lands and Wildlife should never be treated as a commodity that is for sell or trade just for the sake of money making special interests. Where is the MORAL COMPASS here ??? The ROAM ACT is crucial, please help to make sure it passes in the Senate.

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    • Greg, I have heard the pipeline somewhere else too (actually I think it was on Democracy Now on Link TV). Can you provide a link, or some Goggle titles to this topic?Sorry I don’t know what an EIR is – if you would please advise.

      This is, said it before, part of a web of issues, just follow the dots and eventually there will be no more public lands, unless we continue to speak out.

      Getting ROAM passed will bring the needed diversification needed to the BLM Advisory Board and limit board member terms.

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      • EIR = Environmental Impact Report

        Go to the BLM web site and check out their News Bytes back issues. I wish I could tell you which issue had the article on the Public Hearing held in Cedarville on the pipeline route. You’ll also see all the other gathers that have gone under the radar while Cloud was newsworthy.

        It was south of Cedarville in the Tulledad Canyon that I was first memorized by a heard of wild ones taking about five to ten minutes crossing the road in front of us some 25 – 30 years ago and have been nuts over them ever since! You’ll also find in one the Bytes Issue that the Tulledad HMA (Heard Management Area) has a zero listed as its’ Appropriate Management Level ! The horses of one my most precious childhood memories are all gone thanks to the BLM ! Bitner HMA, Carter Reservoir HMA, Massacre Lakes HMA, New Ravendale HMA, New Year’s Lake HMA have had their Appropriate Management Levels reduced to 0 – 35. All along the possible route of the pipeline. Just coincidence I’m sure.

        Passing the ROAM Act is just a start. We’ll still need to keep up our vigilance

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  10. Dang, dang, triple dang. All mapped out already? Salazar and his buddies just don’t see the forest through the trees. They don’t see the path they are paving to a hellish existence, though they think their golden thrones are set way to high up to be affected by the grave consequences on the way if this lunatic plan is not halted.

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  11. For a bit of comic relief, check out the opening picture on this article, it’s been updated to reflect your comments.

    The artist who rendered the adaptions will remain unnamed to protect the innocent. But spread the love!!!

    R.T.

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  12. As a Horse Advocate and Social worker I can speak for those who can’t speak, even muted ones.
    I speak for our American Wild horses ~ They are our National Treasure to ROAM in freedom as a symbol of our freedom for man/animal to conserve of our natural beauty and ethical values of altruistic love.

    Equines are our birth right ~ including the ancient bond with the dawn horse (our USA Mustangs.)
    I support views of Dr Patricia Haight, Julieanne French, John Muir and President Teddy Roosevelt, Velma Johnson and PBS And Executive Director of the Cloud Foundation, as well as Ginger Kathrens views as my views for these pristine centurions.

    I will continue to assist these Wild Horse and speak of Wild Horses as companions, as history and to connection to our spirits of unconditional love.

    Will man break their ancient bond with history ~ time will only tell.

    I truly hope NOT!!
    Wild Horses are not hobby horses to be tossed in a cart when we are done with their use.

    I don’t understand why we always abuse them ,distroy them or ship them. We do this to anything we hold near and love and later build a fake statue to a old memory. We don’t want to kill the spirit of the West.

    Maybe Wild Horses are just to be looked at and we uphold a value of trust, courage, pride we will allow an animal to set the pace for ethical values rather humans weaknesses and destruction.
    If we destroy the horses we are the next large mammal in the food chain ~ our we next?

    Lets not shot our chain of life in the heads or the foot. Sterilizing love is not way to keep Wild horses as a species alive but only to Manage them into Extinction. We will lose as to loss a being of nature. We can even buy back again in the future . They will be long GONE.

    We are all connected in the chain of life ~ we harm Wild horses ~ we harm ourselves.

    Lets do ourselves better.

    I am writting Micheal Moore athttp://www.michaelmoore.com/submit

    after I saw the George Knapp Investigation.
    at http://www.lasvegasnow.com/Global/story.asp?S=11285225

    (or) Go to the Cloud Foundation ~ Executive Ginger Kathren at http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/

    I’m not giving up on the bond for freedom & wild horses.

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    • Michael Moore – I hadn’t thought of him – a little radical but he does get the message out ! How about Ellen Degeneres ? I understand that her significant other is a complete HORSE NUT and if someone knows how to get word to her, she may be willing to feature a show on the plight (read murder) of our Mustangs.

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      • Just a note, I’ve written to Michael Moore twice and Ellen Degeneres along with Oprah, Nightly News Etc. but it sure wouldn’t hurt for any and all of them to get many, many letters. Maybe it would encourage them to take action if they were getting lots of requests for help in the media. Can’t hurt huh??

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      • Roger and I think that Miley Cyrus and her dad would be very good people to contact. I am not a celebrity chaser but the press secretary for one or both would tell you if they would be interested. mar

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      • Laura Leigh and the Let ’em Run Foundation in Virginia City, Nevada, have worked with Lacy who has done more than half a dozen concerts with the proceeds going to help wild horses and to create a sanctuary. Go to Let ’em Run Foundation and also Our Sheldon Horses. mar

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  13. http://www.lasvegasnow.com/Global/story.asp?S=11375828#

    New Cloud Program Airs on Sunday & Roundups Continue
    The BLM plans to remove over 35% (12,000+) of our federally-protected wild horses and burros this year & this must stop- roundup schedule here
    1. Please watch the most recent report from CBS’s George Knapp, this short news story outlines how BLM has moved from over-management to the clear destruction of our wild herds. Click here to watch the one-hour report “Stampede to Oblivion”
    2. Continue writing, calling and demanding a stop to these roundups (click here for your government & media contacts). An immediate moratorium is needed if we are to protect wild horses & burros into the future. Already less than a quarter of herds are genetically viable & 20+ million acres have been taken away from them since 1971. The BLM is acting illegally and clearly not following the Wild Horse & Burro Act- they must be stopped- these massive roundups are a cruel waste of these horses lives on the taxpayers’ dime. In Defense of Animals has an easy to use mailing form and great sample letter, click here.
    3. Sign the Save Our Wild Horses Resolution petition & join the Cloud Foundation mailing list to stay informed (join us on Facebook & Twitter & check our Blog for frequent updates too).

    4. Tune into your local PBS station on Sunday evening to watch “Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions”. Check your local listings for times and join Ginger for a live chat after the show online at PBS.org. Click here for more information.
    5. Please continue to support the Cloud Foundation through your donations and your purchases from the Cloud store (the new Cloud book & Breyer models just arrived- donate for your signed books and models here).
    6. Please share this with friends and family– wild horses were saved from destruction before, we have to do it again. Check the Cloud Foundation site soon for our new Kid’s page. Wild Horse Annie and thousands of children saved these horses before… let’s do it again, now!
    Thank you for all of your incredible support and action. We hope you enjoy this next documentary and please let it inspire you to continued action on behalf of all our wild horses & burros.

    Cloud turns to face helicopter in last month’s roundup- Ann Evans photo. Middle photo by Tony Wengert, Cloud & Morning Star’s bands race across the Pryors, Summer 2008.
    You are receiving this email because you have asked to be on our e-mail list. If you have received this e-mail in error, please unsubscribe. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience!

    Unsubscribe spirithorsebr@aol.com from this list.

    Our mailing address is:
    The Cloud Foundation 107 South 7th St Colorado Springs, CO 80905

    Our telephone:
    719-633-3842

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  14. New Cloud Program Airs on Sunday,Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions premieres Sunday, October 25 (check local listings). Central 7:00 pm AZ 8:00 pm

    You can follow the developments of Cloud’s family, along with updates about the BLM measures to control horse population

    The BLM plans to remove over 35% (12,000+) of our federally-protected wild horses and burros this year & this must stop- roundup schedule here

    1. Please watch the most recent report from CBS’s George Knapp, this short news story outlines how BLM has moved from over-management to the clear destruction of our wild herds. Click here to watch the one-hour report “Stampede to Oblivion”

    2. Continue writing, calling and demanding a stop to these roundups (click here for your government & media contacts). An immediate moratorium is needed if we are to protect wild horses & burros into the future. Already less than a quarter of herds are genetically viable & 20+ million acres have been taken away from them since 1971. The BLM is acting illegally and clearly not following the Wild Horse & Burro Act- they must be stopped- these massive roundups are a cruel waste of these horses lives on the taxpayers’ dime. In Defense of Animals has an easy to use mailing form and great sample letter, click here.
    3. Sign the Save Our Wild Horses Resolution petition & join the Cloud Foundation mailing list to stay informed (join us on Facebook & Twitter & check our Blog for frequent updates too).

    4. Tune into your local PBS station on Sunday evening to watch “Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions”. Check your local listings for times and join Ginger for a live chat after the show online at PBS.org. Click here for more information.
    5. Please continue to support the Cloud Foundation through your donations and your purchases from the Cloud store (the new Cloud book & Breyer models just arrived- donate for your signed books and models here).

    6. Please share this with friends and family– wild horses were saved from destruction before, we have to do it again. Check the Cloud Foundation site soon for our new Kid’s page. Wild Horse Annie and thousands of children saved these horses before… let’s do it again, now!
    Thank you for all of your incredible support and action. We hope you enjoy this next documentary and please let it inspire you to continued action on behalf of all our wild horses & burros.

    Cloud turns to face helicopter in last month’s roundup- Ann Evans photo. Middle photo by Tony Wengert, Cloud & Morning Star’s bands race across the Pryors, Summer 2008.

    Our mailing address is:
    The Cloud Foundation 107 South 7th St Colorado Springs, CO 80905

    Our telephone:
    719-633-3842
    http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/

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  15. The nuts are running the asylum. When does it ever get better? How do these government agencies continue to disrupt, and mismanage? No taxpayer elected these BLM people! The BLM needs to be abolished. Is there a lobby of ranchers who are behind this wildhorse bashing? Follow the money. And let’s not forget where they receive their funding from. Oh, yeah, us and the printing press! And why do we allow them to upset us constantly! And how can that old man Salazar smile like a demented one? I must be on the wrong planet! There are too many crazy people ruining it!!! What a SHAME!

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  16. I am ~ a wild horse horse and social worker I can speak for those who can’t speak, even muted speak for our American Wild horses ~ they are our National Treasure to ROAM in freedom as a symbol of our freedom for man/animal to conserve of our natural beauty and ethical values of altruistic love.
    Nature & Equines are
    our birth right ~ including the ancient bond with the dawn horse (our USA Mustangs.)
    I support views of Dr Patricia Haight, Julianne French, John Muir and President Teddy Roosevelt, Velma Johnson and PBS and Executive Director of the Cloud Foundation, as well as Ginger Kathrens views as my views for these pristine centurions.
    I will continue to assist these Wild Horse and speak of Wild Horses as companions, as history and to connection to our spirits of unconditional love.
    Will man break their ancient bond with history ~ time will only tell.
    I truly hope NOT!!
    Wild Horses are not
    (hobby horses to be tossed in a cart when we are done with their use.)
    I don’t understand why we always abuse them, destroy them or ship them.
    We do this to anything we hold near and love and later build a fake statue to an old memory.
    We don’t want to kill the spirit of the West.
    Maybe Wild Horses are just to be looked at and we uphold a value of trust, courage, pride we will allow an animal to set the pace for ethical values rather humans weaknesses and destruction.
    If we destroy the horses we are the next large mammal in the food chain ~ our we next?
    Let’s not shot our chain of life in the heads or the foot.
    Sterilizing love is no way to keep Wild horses as a species alive but only to manage them into Extinction. We will lose as to loss at being of nature. We can even buy back again in the future.
    They will be long GONE.
    We are all connected in the chain of life ~ we harm Wild horses ~ we harm ourselves.
    Let’s do ourselves better
    best to all
    Barbara Ellen Ries

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