Wild Horse Freedom Federation files two additional FOIA lawsuits against BLM

Wild-Horse-Freedom-FederationPO Box 390, Pinehurst Texas 77362

(800) 974-3684

For Immediate Release: July 5, 2017

Wild Horse and Burro Advocacy Group Funds Two More Lawsuits over Bureau of Land Management Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Violations

Pinehurst, TX – Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) has announced that it has recently filed two additional FOIA lawsuits, so it is currently funding five Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits, that allege the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated its duties under FOIA. Records sought are in connection with the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program. Debbie Coffey, V.P. and Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, and Wild Horse Freedom Federation are the Plaintiffs. The lawsuits are pending in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in Washington, DC.

Attorneys Daniel J. Stotter of Corvallis, Oregon and C. Peter Sorenson of Eugene, Oregon filed the lawsuits.

R.T. Fitch, President and Co-Founder of WHFF states, “Wild Horse Freedom Federation serves in a “watchdog” capacity over the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program. Unimpeded transparency of federal government agencies is the cornerstone of democracy.”

On January 21, 2009, former President Obama sent a memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies regarding an open and transparent government, stating that, “Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing.”

President Obama continued, “The government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by the disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears. Nondisclosure should never be based on an effort to protect the personal interests of Government officials at the expense of those they are supposed to serve.”

Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) is a registered, Texas non-profit corporation with 501c3 status in all 50 states. WHFF puts people between America’s wild equids and extinction through targeted litigation against governmental agencies whose documented agendas include the eradication of wild horse and burros from public, federal and state lands. WHFF is funded exclusively through the generosity of the American public.

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Media Contact:

R.T. Fitch
President/Co-Founder of Wild Horse Freedom Federation
rtfitch@wildhorsefreedomfederation.org ~ rt@rtfitch.com
1-800-974-FOTH
(713) 632-4573

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16 comments on “Wild Horse Freedom Federation files two additional FOIA lawsuits against BLM

    • Thanks! We’re doing this to get information for all of YOU, and we’ll be making it available on the Wild Horse Freedom Federation website. Please go to the website and sign up to get emails from Wild Horse Freedom Federation.

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  1. Wow, I cannot believe all this is happening, and so fast. The wild horses and burros deserve to have their freedom in safe surroundings. This round up and slaughter sounds so horrific and extreme-the type of trigger effect that leads ever so quickly to extinction. These are bloodlines we should be trying to preserve, not destroy. Best of luck with your lawsuits. I don’t know what else I can do from Australia. Suggestions?

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    • https://www.blm.gov/programs/wild-horse-and-burro/about-the-program/program-data
      ON-RANGE POPULATION ESTIMATE AS OF MARCH 1, 2017
      WILD HORSE AND BURRO ACREAGE
      POPULATION GROWTH-SUPPRESSION TREATMENTS
      WILD HORSE AND BURRO REMOVALS
      WILD HORSE AND BURRO ADOPTIONS INTO PRIVATE CARE
      WILD HORSE AND BURRO SALES INTO PRIVATE CARE
      TRAINED WILD HORSES AND BURROS
      WILD HORSES AND BURROS UNDER BLM CARE
      WILD HORSE AND BURRO PROGRAM BUDGET
      PUBLIC LANDS STATISTICS AND HISTORICAL DATA

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    • We printed up this information prior to BLM’s removal, and plan to make it available to the public on the Wild Horse Freedom Federation website.
      THe BLM also removed all Herd Area maps from the internet and their “new” national website, and removed the names and bios of the National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory committee. Not only that, we no longer know the name of any BLM employees at the state and local BLM offices. When the BLM removed the state office websites, they removed the directories.

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      • Thank you so much Debbie, and good thinking on your part! Do you plan on creating a blog post on this site to let people know when it’s posted?

        And since you mentioned that the BLM took down their state office websites, that might explain why I wasn’t able to find a phone number to an office in or near the Lake Pleasant HMA in AZ. My family and I had plans to go there last month to see the burros and I was trying to find a way to get in touch with someone for information on which trails have the most burro activity and such.

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  2. Corrupt behavior most often occurs in secrecy, behind closed doors. Therefore, the most effective way to prevent government corruption is to make the activities of public officials transparent to the American people. Federal open records laws, such as the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), provide access to government documents and public records.

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  3. I’m still finding HMA maps on the BLM website here:

    https://edit.blm.gov/site-page/programs-wild-horse-and-burro-herd-management-herd-management-areas-colorado-piceance-east

    Also these contacts are listed today:

    Contacts

    The BLM strives to provide valuable information to the public regarding the Wild Horse and Burro Program. We value your feedback about the program. To report the inhumane treatment of a wild horse or burro, please contact the BLM at the number provided below.
    Wild Horse and Burro Information Call Center 866-4MUSTANGS
    (866-468-7826)
    E-mail wildhorse@blm.gov

    State- and district-level Wild Horse and Burro Program contacts can be found in the table below. To mail an adoption application for approval, please contact the most local BLM office in the list below.
    ALASKA

    Alaska State Office
    222 West 7th Avenue #13
    Anchorage, AK 99513
    (907) 271-5555
    ARIZONA

    Arizona State Office
    One North Central
    Suite 800
    Phoenix, AZ 85004
    (602) 417-9200
    CALIFORNIA

    California State Office
    2800 Cottage Way, Suite 1623
    Sacramento, California 95825
    (916) 978-4400

    Litchfield Off-Range Corrals
    474-000 Highway 395 East
    Litchfield, CA 96117
    (800) 545-4256

    Ridgecrest Off-Range Corrals
    3647-A Randsburg Wash Road
    Ridgecrest, CA 93562
    (800) 951-8720
    COLORADO

    Royal Gorge Field Office
    3028 East Main Street
    Canon City, Colorado 81212
    (719) 269-8539
    EASTERN STATES

    Eastern States Office
    20 M Street SE
    Suite 950
    Washington, D.C. 20003
    (202) 912-7700

    AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN & VA

    Southeastern States Field Office
    278 Market St.
    Flowood, MS 39232
    (888) 274-2133

    CT, DE, DC, IL, IN, IA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WV, & WI

    Northeastern States Field Office
    626 E. Wisconsin Avenue
    Suite 200
    Milwaukee, WI 53202
    (800) 293-1781
    IDAHO

    Idaho State Office
    1387 S. Vinnell Way
    Boise, Idaho 83709
    (208) 373-4000

    Boise District Office
    3948 Development Ave.
    Boise, ID 83705
    (208) 384-3300
    MONTANA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA

    Billings Field Office
    5001 Southgate Drive
    Billings, MT 59101
    (406) 896-5013
    NEVADA

    Nevada State Office
    1340 Financial Blvd.
    Reno, NV 89502
    (775) 861-6500

    National WH&B Adoption Center at Palomino Valley
    P.O. Box 3270
    Sparks, NV 89432
    (775) 475-2222
    NEW MEXICO, KANSAS, OKLAHOMA, & TEXAS

    Oklahoma Field Office
    201 Stephenson Parkway, Suite 1200
    Norman, OK 73072
    (800) 237-3642
    OREGON & WASHINGTON

    Burns Wild Horse Off-Range Corrals
    26755 Highway 20 West
    Hines, OR 97738
    (541) 573-2930
    UTAH

    Utah State Office
    440 W. 200 South
    Suite 500
    Salt Lake City, UT 84101
    (801) 539-4057

    Salt Lake Field Office
    2370 South Becker Lake Blvd.
    West Valley, UT 84119
    (801) 977-4300

    Fillmore Field Office
    95 East 500 North
    Fillmore, UT 84631
    (435) 743-3135
    WYOMING & NEBRASKA

    Rock Springs Field Office
    280 Highway 191 North
    Rock Springs, WY 82901
    (307) 352-0526

    Rock Springs Off-Range Corral
    (307) 352-0292

    Elm Creek Wild Horse and Burro Facility
    P.O. Box 160
    5050 100th Road
    Elm Creek, NE 68836
    (308) 856-4498

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    • Hi Icy, I think you may have been a little confused by what I was noting. There are HMA maps, but NOT HERD AREA (HA) maps. Also, the phone numbers you listed are only to the offices, and are not an office DIRECTORY giving the public names and titles of personnel (like wild Horse & Burro Specialist, Range Management, or handling mining and oil and gas issues, etc), with their contact information.

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