Western Watersheds busts BLM for illegal fencing to benefit livestock overgrazing in NV

Source: Courthouse News Service

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photo: USDA

Greens Say BLM Caved to Nevada Ranchers

RENO, Nev. (CN) – Illegally placed fences in northern Nevada will kill endangered sage grouse and promote overgrazing on badly damaged federal land, the Western Watersheds Project claimed Tuesday in Federal Court.

The Bureau of Land Management plans to build a series of permanent barbed-wire and jack-rail fences along six sections of stream in the Battle Mountain area to help local ranchers, Western Watersheds says in the lengthy complaint.

It claims the BLM violated the National Environmental Policy Act and Administrative Procedures Act by failing to properly evaluate the environmental impacts of the fences, which are part of the bureau’s fencing and grazing-management efforts that are “being improperly evaluated in piecemeal fashion.”

If the BLM builds the fences, Western Watersheds says, the fences will reduce recreational opportunities and threaten endangered sage grouse, which often are killed when they fly into fences.  Fence posts also make good perches for raptors and ravens, which feed on the birds and destroy their nests, and fencing often promotes the growth of non-native weeds.

Building the fences also will promote additional grazing on land that already is badly damaged by overgrazing by livestock and drought, Western Watersheds says.

Five of the six planned fences are in areas designated as priority habitat for the endangered sage grouse, and several would be near the birds’ breeding grounds. Overgrazing in recent years badly damaged the stream banks, which need a break to recover from livestock grazing, but the BLM plan to build permanent fences would have the opposite effect, the group says.

Western Watersheds said in a statement that northern Nevada ranchers resisted the BLM’s drought closures and bullied it into considering a slew of proposals for new livestock infrastructure to justify more grazing on badly degraded public lands.  Rather than insist upon needed rest periods, Western Watersheds says, the BLM caved to ranchers’ demands to let their herds back onto the parched landscapes, and enabled that use by approving the contested fencing.

“New infrastructure is not the answer to fix problems caused by livestock overgrazing,” Western Watersheds Project attorney Paul Ruprecht said in the statement. “The answer is to take a comprehensive look at the various ways protection could be accomplished without entrenching livestock grazing any further.  “There are less damaging ways to keep cows out of sensitive areas, including getting rid of the cows. We want to see the BLM explore a range of options when it completes its allotment analysis next year.”

Idaho-based Western Watersheds is a regional nonprofit dedicated to protecting and conserving public lands and resources in the West.

It seeks declaratory judgment and an injunction.

BLM officials did not respond to an email request for comment sent after hours Tuesday.

Action Alert! Tell the President of Oregon State University to Stop Pregnant Wild Mare Sterilization Experiments

Source: wildhoofbeats.com

by Carol Walker, Director of Field Documentation, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

 

Action Alert – Please Take Action and Pass it On

Tell the President of Oregon State University to Stop Pregnant Wild Mare Experiments

Do you want to make a difference for our wild horses?

Pregnant wild mares at a BLM Holding Facility

Pregnant wild mares at a BLM Holding Facility

You can do that right now by calling or sending an email to the President of Oregon State University, telling him that we do not want wild mares to undergo cruel and barbaric sterilization experimentation by Oregon State University’s Veterinary School using funding from the Bureau of Land Management at BLM’s Short Term Holding Facility in Hines, Oregon.

If you have already sent comments to the BLM, they are NOT listening to us. In fact, yesterday I spoke with Lisa Grant who is the BLM lead on the Mare Sterilization Research EA, and she told me that the thousands of form letters sent by AWHPC are being counted as 1 comment. That’s right – 1 comment. The only comments that are counted are those that people sent directly, separately, in their own words, and there were 670 of those.

The BLM is still planning to go ahead with this cruel and completely unnecessary sterilization research which includes dangerous experimentation on pregnant mares despite the outcry of the American public. They plan to publish their Decision Record and Findings of No Significant Impact on April 15.  This will be the plan that they will use going forward, and the BLM is going to use this sterilization research as a template for sterilizing our wild horses on the range. This needs to be stopped now.

Here is the documentation on the project:

https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/projectSummary.do?methodName=renderDefaultProjectSummary&projectId=56292

Here is a portion of Don Moore, DVM’s comments. He is a respected Veterinarian who has extensive knowledge about wild horses and wild horse behavior. He has given permission to post his comments so that you use them in making your own comments. I encourage you to read his comments in their entirety here:

http://www.wildhoofbeats.com/DonMooreCommentsOregonSpayProposal.pdf

“The three surgical procedures for permanent sterilization of mares described in the mare sterilization research project, ovariectomy via colopotomy, tubal ligation and hysteroscopically-guided laser ablation of the oviduct papilla all require certain pre-operative and post-operative considerations  for aseptic surgical protocol and pain management.  Pre-operative bloodwork and a thorough examination are always performed on the relatively few domestic mares which are spayed.  Other options other than surgery are always considered first due to the risk involved with any of these procedures.   Aseptic surgical protocol and pain management is the standard of care for each and every surgery or the performing veterinarian would undoubtedly be sued by the owner and reprimanded by the state veterinary board.

Wild mares will not have their surgeries performed in a sterile surgical suite.  Their surgery will be performed in a non-sterile chute or standing in stocks at the local BLM facility without benefit of routine standard of care.   Unlike domestic mares who are easily handled, the very handling of these wild mares presents additional pre-operative stressors, which cannot be mitigated.

BLM does not possess the statutory authority to treat America’s wild free roaming mares as research test subjects to perform  surgeries which are not the standard of care for domestic mares.

pielstick-7Leon Pielstick, DVM, inserting a chain ecraseur (and his arm) via colpotomy incision

Case in point, is a photograph of Dr. Leon Pielstick as he was beginning to perform a surgery attired in bibs used predominately for working cattle and performing the surgery with a non-sterile plastic sleeve that is used to pregnancy check cattle.  This is not acceptable for a domestic mare, why wild mares?  To learn this procedures has been performed on some of the Sheldon wild mares, undoubtedly in a similar manner,  is gross negligence and inhumane on the part of the Department of Interior and the veterinarians who performed the surgery in less than aseptic conditions.

This type of trial and error butchery is a violation of the least feasible management clause of the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act.”

“Mass experimental surgeries performed under these conditions outlined in the proposal, amounts to negligence and abuse.   I believe experiments such as this proposal are unethical, inhumane and unwarranted.   Any veterinarian(s) who would perform these experiments is in violation of the oath  taken as a graduating veterinarian,  “above all else, do no harm”.  If a veterinarian in private practice performed these procedures in the manner described in this document they would most certainly be reported  to and disciplined by the regulatory board of that state.  Discipline would likely mean suspension of that veterinarian’s license to practice in that state.”

Please comment BEFORE the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting on April 13, 14.

Please make comments in your own words – you are welcome to use the information in this post and in Don Moore’s letter. Please be respectful in your comments to President Edward Ray of Oregon State University – we want to persuade him to do the right thing.

You may call his office at: 541-737-4133
Fax: 541-737-3033
and email here: http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/user/66/contact
Here is his page:
http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/people/edward-ray

If you have the time to reach out to more people at Oregon State University, here is a list:

Dean of the Veterinary College: susan.tornquist@oregonstate.edu

The Board of Trustees: trustees@oregonstate.edu

V.P. Relations and Marketing: steve.clark@oregonstate.edu

V.P. Research: link to email form at:http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/people/cynthia-sagers

Alumni Association:  Alumuni Association Board Members: http://www.osualum.com/s/359/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=1001&pgid=298

Thank you for caring about our wild horses. They are sentient, feeling beings, and they deserve to be treated with care and respect.

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Congrats Ginger: Renowned Wild Horse Advocate Finally Appointed to BLM Board

Ginger filming Cloud and Family, May 2014 ~ photo by R.T. Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Ginger filming Cloud and Family, May 2014 ~ photo by R.T. Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

“It’s a first and a long time in coming.  Internationally acclaimed cinematographer and wild horse advocate Ginger Katherns has finally been appointed to sit on the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board.  Ginger and other advocates have attempted to be a voice for the wild horses and burros in the past but have been inexplicably passed over, but not this round.  The BoD of Wild Horse Freedom Federation would like to express their congratulations to Ginger and sincerely hope that her sage advice will be listened to and acted upon by the other members of the board.  Job well done.” ~ R.T.


 

Source: BLM Press Release

BLM Announces Three Selections for National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

The Bureau of Land Management announced today the selections for three open positions on its nine-member National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.  Ginger Kathrens of Fort Collins, Colorado, has been appointed for the category of humane advocacy; Ben Masters of Bozeman, Montana, has been appointed for the category of wildlife management; and Steven Yardley of Beaver, Utah, has been appointed for the category of livestock management.  Each individual will serve a three-year term on the Advisory Board.Ms. Kathrens is the Founder and Executive Director of the Colorado-based Cloud Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of wild horses on public lands.  Kathrens is an Emmy award-winning creator of the acclaimed Public Broadcasting System series documenting the birth and life of a Pryor Mountains (Montana) wild stallion called “Cloud.”  Her first Cloud film was voted the most popular documentary in the 25-year history of the Nature series on PBS.  Kathrens is an honor graduate of Bowling Green State University and holds a Master of Art’s degree in Mass Communications from Florida State University.

Mr. Masters, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fin & Fur Films, LLC is best known for his successful documentary Unbranded, an account of a 3,000-mile ride on wild horses that has raised awareness of the BLM’s adoption program and the myriad challenges facing public land managers.  Masters holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University.

Mr. Yardley, Vice President of Yardley Cattle Company, is a public land rancher and private landowner who holds grazing permits from the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service.  A graduate of Southern Utah University, Yardley has been active with the Future Farmers of America, Utah Cattlemen’s Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and Southern Utah University’s Block and Bridle Club.  Currently, Mr. Yardley serves as Vice President of the Western Rangelands Conservation Association.

The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board advises the BLM, an agency of the Interior Department, and the U.S. Forest Service, part of the Agriculture Department, on the management and protection of wild free-roaming horses and burros on public lands and national forests administered by those agencies, as mandated by the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.  Members of the board, who represent various categories of interests, must have a demonstrated ability to analyze information, evaluate programs, identify problems, work collaboratively, and develop corrective actions.  (Information about the board can be found at: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/whbprogram/Advisory_Board.html.)

Among its current efforts to strengthen the Wild Horse and Burro Program, the BLM has been moving forward with a population-growth suppression strategy consistent with recommendations of a National Academy of Sciences study issued in June 2013.  The agency’s new population growth-suppression research, representing an investment of approximately $11 million in 20 research projects over five years, will focus on (1) developing longer-lasting fertility-control agents; (2) evaluating the safety, feasibility, and effectiveness of spaying and neutering on-range wild horses; and (3) implementing better methods for estimating wild horse and burro populations.  To achieve those aims, the BLM is working with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and five universities — the University of Kentucky, Oregon State University, Colorado State University, Ohio State University, and Louisiana State University.  Detailed information about each project has been posted on the agency’s Website (www.blm.gov).

Update: A Special Pray for Easter to my Friends

by Marjorie Farabee of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

“Fellow equine advocates, I received this note, below, from Marjorie yesterday and wanted to share it as it is so very timely in so many ways.  But being that it was personal I sought out Marjorie’s approval and just received said thumbs up, today.  With all of the evil that stalks not only our wild equines but we Americans, even our faiths, worldwide this message is just as potent today as it was yesterday.  Thank you Marjorie and bless you for “keeping the faith”. ~ R.T.


palm-sundayToday of all days, I am struck by the hypocrisy of people who want the wild burros gone from their rightful lands. On this day, Christ’s resurrection, I am reminded of the humbleness of the donkey, and his designation in the Bible as the animal that represents peace. On this day, I think of the Bible stories that tell of the many roles played by the humble, peaceful donkey in Christ’s life and times. Throughout the Bible and also other religious texts, the donkey plays a major role. In the desert there could be no greater partner than the donkey who can survive four days without water and acted as a water diviner when allowed to follow their instincts. The donkeys carried goods and people great distances while needing little to survive. Even now, scientists are tracking donkey fossils to determine the spread of human civilization around the globe for they were always the chosen beast of burden carrying goods afar in trade.

Yes, we owe much to the donkey. Yet, the donkey asks for nothing in payment other than to be treated fairly. On the day Jesus was born a small donkey stood vigilant over the cradle of Jesus, and Balaam was warned by a donkey given speech to not betray the Jews. Then, on Palm Sunday the donkey rode into Jerusalem with Jesus aboard in a semblance of peace and servitude. Yet, now, everyday we read of violent acts committed against this kind animal. Jesus and God loved the donkey, yet today the wild donkeys are violently treated by hunters and game managers who call them pests and vermin. These same people would most likely identify themselves as Christian without seeing the hypocrisy of their actions toward their own religion as they ask to remove donkeys by whatever means possible. They ask to issue hunting permits, and issue roundup orders. They ask to send these sublime animals given as a gift to all of us, to slaughter. It hurts my heart.

On this day of resurrection my hope is that the donkey will rise again as a creature who is appreciated and understood in the way that he is by God. I pray that the humble donkey will at last find his way to represent to the world what is good in all of us. At long last, my hope is for a resurrection of the altruistic side of humankind and hope that the greedy can find it in their hearts to provide a small parcel of the planet where the sweet donkeys can be safe with their families, wild and unharassed by violence. I think that on this day of resurrection, Jesus looks down on his kingdom and weeps for the donkey he so loves being harmed by humans he gave his life to save. There is a real sadness to his tears for all of us. ~ Marjorie Farabee

Marjorie Farabee

Wild Horse Freedom Federation Director of Wild Burro Affairs
Equine Manager Todd Mission Ranch
9977 County Road 302 
Plantersville, TX 77363

The horse that lost 100 races, but won a family’s heart

By Maureen Callahan as published in the New York Post

Life Lessons from Racing’s Most Lovable Loser

He was descended from the greatest racehorses of all time, but he was not quite born to run.

Now-retired Zippy Chippy descended from champions -- but finished with a professional record of 0 for 100. Photo: Courtesy of Emily Schoeneman

Now-retired Zippy Chippy descended from champions — but finished with a professional record of 0 for 100. Photo: Courtesy of Emily Schoeneman

Zippy Chippy was born on April 20, 1991, in upstate New York. He was the great-great-grandson of Bold Ruler, who fathered Secretariat, and his family tree included Triple Crown Winner War Admiral, Man o’ War, Northern Dancer and Native Dancer, who alone sired 295 winning horses with a combined generated income of $183 million.

Zippy would go on to set his own records in his own way — by losing. His idiosyncratic story is told in William Thomas’ new biography “The Legend of Zippy Chippy” (McClelland & Stewart).

“Not everybody can be a winner,” Zippy’s trainer would say. “He wanna run. He’s always ready to go. But he don’t always go too good.”

From his earliest days, Zippy was his own horse. He never really took to harnesses or saddles. Told to run in one direction, Zippy went the other. He stuck his tongue out at strangers and loped while other horses galloped. He terrorized trainers yet charmed children.

Zippy’s first race, on Sept. 13, 1994, at Belmont Park on Long Island, set the tone. He was 3 years old, running at 15-1 odds against nine horses. He came in eighth.

“None of the horses that finished ahead of him had Zippy’s precious pedigree,” Thomas writes. “Disheartening was the fact that he got beat by D’Moment, a loser by 47 lengths in his first four races. Retired after only six races, ­D’Moment won just one race in his career — this one.”

After three more losses at Belmont, Zippy was moved to the ­Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens. He ran and lost four races, and in January of 1995 was demoted to the minor leagues and driven back ­upstate to Farmington.

There, Zippy was passed among owners and wound up in the hands of Felix Monserrate, a 52-year-old trainer who traded his 1988 Ford truck for the horse. Felix knew Zippy was a nonstarter — at ­0-for-20, his losses were unprecedented for a thoroughbred. But Monserrate didn’t like the way Zippy’s previous owner treated him.

“That guy,” Felix said, “he push him around and say bad things about him. So, yeah. He got the truck and I got a friend.”

Felix, who moved to the United States from Puerto Rico at 20 to pursue his career, was unusual among trainers. “Better not to love a horse” is the motto of those who sell, trade, euthanize. Felix, like Zippy, was different: He loved.

“After waving goodbye to his groom and his van, Felix went into the barn as the new and proud owner of Zippy Chippy, a horse that had nowhere to go but up,” Thomas writes. “By way of offering his opinion of the trade, the horse immediately bit him. Just like that.”

Felix thought that Zippy’s performance and behavior were the result of poor training, but he underestimated the horse, who by turns was stubborn, playful and lazy.

If he didn’t feel like training, which was often, Zippy would just ignore the trainer. He’d trash his stall for fun and snatch anything a trainer or handler was holding, chew it up, then give it back. He had the most unusual diet of cupcakes, ice cream, popcorn and pizza, but his favorite snack combo was Doritos and beer, a treat he’d often share with Felix.

All the while, Felix kept entering Zippy in races, and a few second-place showings kept Felix’s hopes alive: a horse with this pedigree was bound for greatness. He just needed someone like Felix to unlock it.

“My horse, he comes second twice in a row!” Felix said.

But Zippy had a complicated relationship with racing and training, and the happier Felix got, the more Zippy loved to terrorize him.

Felix already had a scar on his back from Zippy’s inaugural bite. A few months later, Felix and Zippy were standing in front of the horse’s stall, and when Felix turned around, Zippy grabbed his shirt by the mouth and dangled the trainer in midair. As Felix flailed and yelled, his fellow track workers laughed and laughed.

Finally, Zippy put Felix down. “He’s a strong horse,” Felix said. “He can hold you for a long time.”

Other incidents weren’t as funny. There was the day Zippy cornered Felix in his stall for an hour. He held a Monserrate relative hostage for nearly four hours. Felix’s partner, Emily, called Zippy “a miserable thing who wants everything done for him when he wants it, makes faces, bites, kicks, and is not very intelligent.”

Zippy came to hate training so much that he trashed the exercise barn, kicking out part of the track’s fence and smashing the electric box. If handlers found themselves late with Zippy’s food, they’d skip delivery rather than risk his wrath. Some would only feed him with a rake.

So on the rainy November morning that Felix’s 8-year-old daughter, Marisa, went missing, his heart was in his throat. She had grown up with horses all her life, and was oddly enamored of Zippy Chippy. Felix ran to the stall.

It was deathly quiet. Felix’s view was blocked by Zippy’s rump. Below, he could only see Marisa’s little feet. No one was moving. Felix was terrified; if he spooked the horse, he could easily kill Marisa with a kick or a thrash.

And then . . . he heard laughter. Marisa was standing in front of Zippy Chippy, wagging her finger and telling him he’d been “a very bad boy,” over and over.

The horse loved it. He nuzzled her face and started gently walking around her. “And that — that was it,” Felix said. “I never seen that horse the same anymore.”

It’s not like Zippy’s demeanor changed — he could still be cranky and mean, and his job performance wasn’t getting better. But for Felix and his family, the horse was a keeper.

“He wasn’t going anywhere,” Marisa said. “My daddy would never get rid of that horse.”…(CONTINUED)

http://nypost.com/2016/03/27/the-horse-that-lost-100-races-but-won-the-heart-of-a-family/

Feel Good Sunday Video: Baby Wild Burros at Play in Oatman, AZ

Submitted by Marjorie Farabee of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Baby burros at play in Oatman, AZ. Did you know that Oatman is located inside of the Black Mountain herd management area (HMA)? The burros that travel into town are regulars and tame. But, they come from the burros who have remained wild on the HMA. It is not ideal that wild burros are offered food and made tame, but the case of Oatman, AZ burros is unique. This town dried up when the gold mines dried up. It was a ghost town, but the burros who wandered the streets on famous Route 66 became the draw for tourist from around the world. The people of Oatman have promoted their unique position as a town with burros and because of this a ghost town came to life. The Oatman burros have provided tourist from around the world with a positive AZ experience. Because of the Oatman, Arizona burros, people have come in contact with these mesmerizing and fascinating animals in a very positive way.

The same could be true for all the public lands in AZ that have wild burros. If AZ could take off their jaded glasses and look at the burros in a different way. If they looked at the wild burros as a rare asset that is not often found in the world they would realize the burros are a living gold mine to the residents of AZ. Wild burros, nature, these are the things AZ has in abundance, yet the golden goose for tourism is pilloried instead. It is astonishing really. How can people be so jaded that they do not recognize the value of the burros and nature that surrounds them? People want to see wild burros living in their environment.

Unfortunately, the fact is that a negative campaign has been waged on the burros by big game and ranching. The tourism dollars brought in by people traveling to AZ to see nature and experience wild burros is never taken into account. How many people are able to afford the big game aspect of the outdoor experience? The number of affluent hunters able to drop thousands of dollars to buy a permit to kill sought after big game do not compare in numbers to the tourists who come to enjoy nature. Without question, the numbers of these patrons is minuscule in comparison to the number of people who travel to see nature including the burros. These large numbers impact the communities of AZ in a more significant way than the small number of affluent hunters who buy the permits. The tourists are the spenders who rent hotels, buy meals at restaurants, swoop up souvenirs and book flights and rental vehicles. Despite this, wildlife departments like AZ Game and Fish department are more heavily influenced by the affluent hunters than they are the tourists who are the real bread and butter to the residents of AZ.

Big game hunting organizations believe every blade of grass eaten by the burros should go to their game animals. As a result the agencies that are supposed to protect nature and wildlife, are doing extreme harm instead. The lack of diversity is harming the land and the decisions to kill and remove non-game animals is impacting the local economies who rely on tourist who come to AZ to see nature and wildlife. Arizona Game and Fish department (AZGF) manage the public lands for hunters, and make wildlife decisions based on the belief that any wildlife that is not a game animal should not allowed to use water or eat forage. AZGF needs a wake up call from tourists and the tourism industry of AZ. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake as well as the Board of Supervisors of Mohave County also need a wake up call from businesses who want tourism dollars. These elected officials are not representing the needs of their constituents.

The babies in this video are really adorable. I hope we are able to save the natural places for them to grow up in and call home.

BLM wants to remove 500 wild horses from Wyoming’s Checkerboard lands

Source: HorseTalk.co.nz

Welfare Ranchers Continue Their War on Native Wild Horses

Photo by Carol Walker of Wild Horse Freedom Federation and Wild Hoof Beats

Photo by Carol Walker of Wild Horse Freedom Federation and Wild Hoof Beats

Federal authorities propose to remove 500 wild horses from Wyoming’s Checkerboard lands, so-named because of its alternating public and private land parcels.

The Rock Springs Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)  proposes to remove all the wild horses from the Checkerboard lands within and outside of the Great Divide Basin, Salt Wells Creek, and Adobe Town herd management areas (HMAs).

The three HMAs total about 2,427,220 acres, with 1,242,176 acres falling within the Checkerboard region.

The BLM says wild horses found within contiguous solid block lands in the HMAs will not be gathered.

The agency says 2015 population surveys revealed that about 232 wild horses lived on Checkerboard lands within the Great Divide Basin HMA, about 242 on Checkerboard lands within the Salt Wells Creek HMA, and around 26 wild horses on the Checkerboard lands within the Adobe Town HMA…(CONTINUED)

Marjorie Farabee Speaks About Her Efforts to Rescue Wild Burros

by Patricia Saffran as published in Horse Directory

“On the day the last burro sings it’s final mystical song through the canyons, a piece of the American soul will die.”

Click on Image to Read/Download complete article

Click on Image to Read/Download complete article

BLM’s National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board to meet April 13-14 in Redmond, Oregon

The BLM is only allowing an hour and a half for public comment at this meeting, and the public comment period is the day BEFORE the BLM gives it’s “update” on the Wild Horse & Burro Program.        

By putting public comments early in the agenda, the BLM limits public comment about it’s current actions.

You can review meeting minutes and materials from past meetings HERE.

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photo:  BLM

Source:  Federal Register

The Advisory Board will meet on Wednesday April 13, 2016, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) and Thursday April 14, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT. This will be a one and a half day meeting.

This Advisory Board meeting will take place in Redmond, Oregon, at the Deschutes Fair & Expo, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond, OR 97756, http://expo.deschutes.org/, telephone: 541-548-2711.

The Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board advises the Secretary of the Interior, the BLM Director, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Chief of the Forest Service on matters pertaining to the management and protection of wild, free-roaming horses and burros on the Nation’s public lands. The Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board operates under the authority of 43 CFR 1784. The tentative agenda for the meeting is:

AGENDA:

Wednesday, April, 13, 2016 (1 p.m.-5 p.m.)

Welcome, Introductions, and Agenda Review

Approval of September 2015 Minutes

BLM Response to Advisory Board Recommendations

Wild Horse and Burro Program Update

Public Comment Period will take place from 3:15-4:45 p.m.

Adjourn

Thursday, April 14, 2016 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Wild Horses and Burro Program Update

Working Group Reports

Advisory Board Discussion and Recommendations to the BLM

Adjourn

The meeting will be live-streamed. The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. An individual with a disability needing an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting, such as an interpreting service, assistive listening device, or materials in an alternate format, must notify Ms. DeLorme 2 weeks before the scheduled meeting date. Although the BLM will attempt to meet a request received after that date, the requested auxiliary aid or service may not be available because of insufficient time to arrange it.

The Federal Advisory Committee Management Regulations at 41 CFR 101-6.1015(b), require the BLM to publish in the Federal Register notice of a public meeting 15 days prior to the meeting date.

On Wednesday, April 13 at 3:15 p.m. members of the public will have the opportunity to make comments to the Board on the Wild Horse and Burro Program. Persons wishing to make comments during the meeting should register in person with the BLM by 3 p.m. on April 13, 2016, at the meeting location. Depending on the number of commenters, the Advisory Board may limit the length of comments. At previous meetings, comments have been limited to 3 minutes in length; however, this time may vary. Speakers are requested to submit a written copy of their statement to the address listed in the ADDRESSES section above, email comments to whbadvisoryboard@blm.gov, or bring a written copy to the meeting. There may be a webcam present during the entire meeting and individual comments may be recorded.

Written comments pertaining to the April 13-14, 2016, Advisory Board meeting can be mailed to National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, NV 89502-7147, or sent electronically to whbadvisoryboard@blm.gov. Please include “Advisory Board Comment” in the subject line of the email.

Ramona DeLorme, Wild Horse and Burro Administrative Assistant, at 775-861-6583. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

BLM Seeks Bids for Off-Range Pastures to Care for Captured Wild Horses

Source: MineralWellsIndex.com

“Wouldn’t the Wild Ones be better off left IN the WILD?”

BLM Antelope attack in 2011 ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

BLM Antelope attack in 2011 ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking proposals from contractors who can provide humane care for a minimum of 200 wild horses in a free-roaming pasture setting on an annual basis.

This is a perfect opportunity to diversify a ranching operation. The deadline is April 29.

Proposals must show that the pastures are located in one of the following states: Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon (excluding west of the Cascade Mountain Range), South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington (excluding west of the Cascade Mountain Range) and Wyoming.

Each proposal must include documentation to support the land’s carrying capacity and the contractor’s required per head/day cost. In addition to providing a quality pasture, the contractor is required to provide supplemental feed during the dormant months. The contracts are for a one-year period, with a renewal option for a four-year or nine-year period.

To review the solicitation:

• Go to www.fedconnect.net and click on “Search Public Opportunities.

• Under Search Criteria, select “Reference Number,” put in the solicitation number “L16PS00305” and click Search. The solicitation information will appear.

The solicitation form describes what to submit and where to send it for consideration.

Applicants who have never conducted business with the federal government must first obtain a Duns and Bradstreet number at www.dnb.com before registering at www.sam.gov/. There is no fee involved in registering with sam.gov.

For assistance, visit www.blm.gov/whb to review the resource page or contact Kemi Ismael, at 202-912-7098 or kismael@blm.gov, or Michael Byrd at 202-912-7037 or mbyrd@blm.gov. These contacts can assist with general questions and coordinate a meeting for an applicant with a BLM small business specialist. Contractors may also visit the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) website, which provides assistance to applicants for government contracts. Most assistance is free to little charge.

For general questions about the BLM’s renegade Wild Horse and Burro Program, please contact 866-468-7826 or wildhorse@blm.gov.