Equine Rescue

Plan to be Presented on Wild Horse Policy

Article by Jane Braxton Little of the Sacramento Bee

BLM’s current mismanagement of Wild Horses & Burros to be Hot Topic
BLM Removing Native Wild Horses from Nevada's Antelope Complex ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

BLM Removing Native Wild Horses from Nevada’s Antelope Complex ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Carla Bowers, a mustang advocate, will present a proposal for managing wild horses to the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee when it meets in public session Jan. 10.

The committee is scheduled to discuss livestock grazing permits and wild horse management at the meeting, which starts at 9 a.m. at the Bureau of Land Management Surprise Field Office in Cedarville.

It will also discuss genetic diversity in the wild herds and Forest Service management in wild horse territory in northeastern California, said Jeff Fontana, a BLM spokesman in Susanville.

The agenda of the stewardship committee, which provides advice on natural resource issues and livestock grazing to the BLM and the Modoc National Forest‘s Warner Mountain Ranger District, includes reports from technical review teams working on a livestock grazing proposal for the BLM’s Bare Grazing Allotment, and a proposal regarding temporarily nonrenewable forage grazing permits.

The group works on a full consensus basis to promote innovative range management approaches and to provide incentives for excellence. Members represent broad interests, including livestock grazing permit holders, California and Nevada state wildlife agencies, the BLM, Forest Service, resource conservation districts, timber interests, environmental groups, sporting groups and local government, Fontana said.

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  1. I hope and pray that this time will be different. Typically these meetings have been staged to make it appear that the public has input into the outcome for the Wild Horses and Burros, but nothing is ever decided in their favor… more cows grazing, more of their land designated for industrial options, more horses, once wild and magnificent, standing in crowded holding pens, or worse sent to slaughter. I fear that the only hope for the horses is for the BLM to be dismissed from anything to do with them and new policies that actually protect them and save the land that was intended for them in the 1971 Law be re-enacted with impunity.


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