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Alan Bittner is BLM’s new Northern CA district manager


BLM names new Northern California district manager



Alan Bittner

REDDING – Alan Bittner, a natural resource manager with experience in three western states, has been named the new district manager for the Bureau of Land Management’s Northern California District, according to a BLM news release. The district includes field offices in Alturas, Arcata, Redding and Susanville and a field station in Cedarville.

Bittner is manager of the BLM’s Anchorage Field Office, where he oversees management of 24 million acres in western, south-central and southeast Alaska. Prior to working in Alaska, he was an assistant manager in the BLM’s Carson City, Nev. District, where he oversaw the forestry, range, recreation and wild horse and burro programs. Bittner started his career working for the BLM and Forest Service in Idaho.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from Cornerstone University in Michigan.

“I look forward to being a part of the California BLM team and working with the dedicated employees,” Bittner said. “The diversity of issues and the strong partnerships in the Northern California District provide a great foundation to continue to build community support. My family and I are excited about making the transition to Northern California.”

BLM California State Director Jerry Perez said Bittner’s wide-ranging experience will be a good fit for the diverse Northern California District, which stretches from the Great Basin in far west Nevada to California’s North Coast.

“Alan’s experience will serve him well in northern California, where BLM responsibilities range from programs such as rangeland and forest management to stewardship of nationally-recognized areas that are part of the BLM system of National Conservation Lands,” Perez said.

“We look forward to his leadership in the management of public lands within the state of California and northwestern Nevada.”

Bittner will replace Northern California District Manager Nancy Haug, who retires at the end of the year. He will begin is duties in early January.

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  1. “All of the gathered mares that are to be released would be treated with a two-year PZP-22 or similar vaccine and then RELEASED back to the open range.” This was NOT done and the EA was not followed.

    The foals were captured and removed to Palomino Valley BLM facility and then (because advocates realized the EA was NOT being followed) eventually the wet mares” were also sent to Palomino Valley holding to match up. This was a gigantic costly “error” both financially and especially physically and emotionally stressful to the animals.

    Both BLM’s Alan Bittner (incident commander) and John Axtell (wild horse specialist) were the decision makers and yet they allowed this fiasco and yet neither would admit their fault. This catch/treat/release plan was spelled out in the EA and was a no-brainer … and yet the BLM couldn’t (or wouldn’t) even follow their own plan. It is my opinion that if the public had not spoken up when this happened, those foals would have “disappeared”.

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  2. BLM omits facts and uses fuzzy math to roundup wild horses in Pine Nut HMA in January
    Dec 22, 2014

    Some interesting background before you read the news article below: It seems that if we even just look at one grazing allotment on the Pine Nut HMA, the Buckeye Allotment, BLM allows about 375 cattle (and don’t forget that cow-calf pairs only count as one in BLM fuzzy math, so this number could be doubled) to dine on public lands for about 5 1/2 months out of the year.

    The Buckeye Grazing Allotment permittee is Bently Family Ltd. Partnership (with the 7th highest taxpayer assessment in Douglas County, Nevada, in 2013-2014, at $12,385,310, and also oil in California). The President & Director of Bently Ranch is businessman Christopher Bently, who’s also the CEO of Bently Holdings, and is on the Board of Directors of The Burning Man Project. He was CEO of Bently Biofuels, but just sold it. He’s also CEO of Bently Enterprises. His father was billionaire Don Bently.

    Also, in BLM’s Oct. 2010 Environmental Assessment to roundup wild horses in the Pine Nut HMA in Nevada, the BLM claimed there were 148 horses within the Pine Nut HMA and they were going to treat 45 mares with PZP. So, that would leave about 103 wild horses without fertility control in Oct. 2010. So even if ALL STALLIONS GAVE BIRTH, and using BLM’s questionable estimate of a 25% increase per year for wild horse herds, that would mean in 2011 there could’ve been 129 horses, in 2012 there could’ve been 162 horses, in 2013 there could’ve been 203 horses and in 2014 there could’ve been 254 horses. (But only IF ALL of the stallions also gave birth. And only IF no horses died.)
    However, the BLM now claims there are 330 horses living in the Pine Nut HMA (see article below). It seems as if BLM’s Win Equus population modeling, along with all other aspects of BLM’s wild horse & burro “management,” is seriously flawed. – Debbie Coffey

    SOURCE: The Record-Courier
    Feds plan wild horse roundup for January

    A pair of wild horses standing alongside Dump Road in 2006.
    More than 330 wild horses living in the Pine Nut Mountain herd management area will be rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management beginning in late January.
    The BLM’s Carson City District, Sierra Front Field Office has issued the decision to gather 332 wild horses and remove approximately 200 excess wild horses within and outside the Pine Nut Herd Management Area). As many as 132 wild horses will be released back to the range following the gather. The gather area is located south of Dayton and east of Carson City and Gardnerville within Lyon, Douglas, and Carson City Counties. The gather is scheduled to begin late January 2015.
    A population inventory completed in August 2014 documented 332 wild horses. The Appropriate Management Level for the HMA is 119-179 wild horses. Based on the inventory, and monitoring data showing impacts from an overpopulation of the area, BLM has determined that removal of the excess wild horses is necessary to achieve a thriving natural ecological balance.
    Excessive grazing from wild horses has not only degraded the sage-grouse habitat, but has also removed and reduced the number of native grass plants in areas, which affects the overall availability of forage grasses in the area and has reduced the number of wild horses that can be supported by current range conditions.
    Read the rest of the story HERE.

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  3. Pine Nut Range Wild Horse Families Destroyed
    Nov 28, 2010

    By Robert Winkler
    BLM Rips Nursing Foals from their Mares

    PINE NUT RANGE, Nevada
    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is breaking up natural horse family groups again, this time in the Dayton area of the Pine Nut Range of northwestern Nevada.

    More shamelessly they have removed foals from there dams and shipped of the young to a holding area called the Palomino Valley facility where they have been thrown in with the general population.

    Foals, many still nursing were ripped from their mothers, separated for over 24 hours and a deliberate attempt to keep this quiet, apparently using the holiday to distract citizens, while the foals slipped into the void.

    This morning the BLM’s plan was to release all the mares and leave all 22 foals behind. Foals were transported from the Lohanton temporary holding area to Palomino Valley Center and added to the foal population there. After public outrage plans were changed and the wet mares have been transported to Palomino Valley to match up with their foals for release early next week.

    The initial call to take the nursing foals from their mothers and release only the mares, came from ALAN SHEPARD.Alan.
    This was confirmed at the site today.

    Last night word came that there would be no roundup of wild horses today. BLM claimed it was a day for treating the horses with fertility drugs and the public was not allowed, since the horses were very skittish.
    The Pine Nut horses by all accounts are quite accustomed to people as they are very popular among the people who live nearby.

    BLM stated that Friday would be a release day for the 122 horses they captured yesterday. however, it is another BLM lie.

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  4. Pine Nut Range Wild Horse Families Destroyed
    Nov 28, 2010
    By Robert Winkler
    BLM Rips Nursing Foals from their Mares

    Reader Comment
    Grandma Gregg
    November 28, 2010

    I, along with 5 other sharp-eyed and experienced observers, was on the Pine Nut HMA on Thanksgiving afternoon and the following day. I just want to share a little story with you who could not be there: We saw three Pine Nut horses together that were very obviously so disoriented and upset that it brought tears to my eyes. One bay was out front that was extremely driven to go “directly” somewhere [of course trying to return to his/her former home area and former life and family members] with two others following but equally disturbed. The last dark horse in the group kept stopping and holding back and continually whinnying and looking back …and yet following the other two so as not to be left alone. No wonder these three were so disturbed … as we surmised when we saw them, the families had been separated; apparently with stallions let loose first without even the dry mares … let alone the wet mares and foals who had been taken away entirely. We only saw this group of three disoriented horses and two more groups of two at a distance further up the valley. We did not see the other released herd members but I surely believe they must have been equally upset after the roundup and disoriented from being moved away from their “home areas” and lost without their families that they were also “out searching” for their former lives and families that had been wrenched away from them. I might be a little sentimental about the horses and their families but what I say is the truth and what was done to them is NOT humane treatment of our treasured wild ones. I am again more than disgusted with the actions of our BLM public employees who are in charge of making these destructive decisions about my horses on my land. This roundup and PZP application and destruction of the family groups of the herd was totally unnecessary on a piece of healthy land that is legally and morally theirs to live on for their lifetime. As I was wisely reminded earlier today …”wild horses remind us to be strong in the face of adversity”.

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