For Nevada’s Wild Horses, Extinction is Forever without Life-Sustaining Water

by Love Wild Horses©

It was a century after Nevada’s wild horses first settled into the Great Basin that Congress unanimously passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act to protect wild horses and maintain the ecological balance of the public lands they had claimed as their home.

The 1971 act described these wild horses and burros as “an integral part of the natural system of public lands,” and mandated the preservation and protection of these “living symbols of the historic and pioneering spirit of the West.”

Five decades later, Nevada’s bands of wild horses are the last of these sacred, American icons.  Surviving and thriving over a century of mustanging, round-ups, and slaughter, these battle-born natives of Nevada are more than a symbol, they are the true ancestors of the spirit of power and freedom that comes from the essence of our being.

And today, still, they survive 21st century versions of the same threats to their existence—from the 2017 resurgence of the Sagebrush ideology against preservation efforts to the Bureau of Land Management’s mass removal and buildup of horses that are now in holding facilities facing euthanasia or sale for slaughter, unless adoptive homes are found.

While the wild horses that still roam freely continue to thrive against the century-old challenges, it’s a modern-day challenge that now threatens their extinction.

With the privatization of water rights, the bands that remain free face drought conditions brought on by climate change and exponential land development.  Every day before sunset, these free roaming bands travel miles across the Great Basin Desert Country to what is currently their only water source—one that is privately owned and sometimes reduced to mud puddles.

Their hope, now, lies in the Love Wild Horses Giving Spring water development project.  In the spirit of Wild Horse Annie, Love Wild Horses is developing a public land water source for the wild horses of the Antelope Valley.

To learn more about this project, click HERE.

ONLINE:  www.LoveWildHorses.org

FACEBOOK:  Wild Horse Protection Act

TWITTER:  @riserup4wldhorse

PHONE:  415.275.4441

MAILING ADDRESS:  P.O. Box 495, Woodacre, California 94973 United States

Love Wild Horses is a non-profit, Good Boots on the Ground organization inspiring humane care and rescue from slaughter, with healing sustainable solutions for our land, water and humanity, to preserve our living symbols of freedom today, because extinction is forever.

Photography courtesy Jeanne Bencich Nations, VP at Love Wild Horses  and Co-Manager of Wild Horse Protection Act.  CONTACT: HC 33 BOX 33858, Ely, Nevada / 775.934.2674.

2 comments

  1. Check Nevada legislators and “officials” and see which ones are in on thi$ deal
    Water for Pringles and Peas for (GET THIS)…DRY SNACKS

    From ELKO FREE DAILY PRESS

    Rural counties fear speculation as company files to control as much water as Nevada gets from the Colorado River every year
    DANIEL ROTHBERG The Nevada Independent
    May 22, 2018

    U.S. Water and Land, LLC is in the opportunity business. It knows that where there is scarcity and volatility, there is opportunity. And it knows that where there is water, there is often both.

    It also knows that few places deal with scarcity and volatility as directly as the Humboldt River, a small river that Mark Twain once described as a “sickly rivulet” but the economic lifeblood for several Northern Nevada communities. Knowing this, the entity – an investment vehicle for a New York hedge fund – filed an application late last year with Nevada’s top water official to stake a large claim for the last available rights to one of the state’s most contested waterways.

    In the months since its application, Nevada’s wildlife department and four rural counties — Elko, Lander, Humboldt and Pershing — have filed protests. If the rights are granted to the company, they argue, it could fuel speculation, harm existing water rights and damage the environment. All parties will present their cases in a public hearing, according to the state engineer, Nevada’s top water official who is charged with approving or denying applications for new water rights.

    What is striking to many is not the ask itself but how much water the company is asking for. The entity, according to its application, wants the right to divert up to 300,000 acre-feet of flood waters from the Humboldt, the same amount as Nevada’s entire Colorado River allocation.

    If it gets approval, the company’s plan would be to reinject the water into the ground, storing it in an aquifer. U.S. Water and Land is an owner of Winnemucca Farms, Nevada’s largest agricultural operation that has at times grown potatoes for Pringles and peas for dry snacks, and it has said that some of the stored water could be used for irrigation and to protect its existing rights. But the company has also said that it could sell the Humboldt River water to a buyer in the future, something that worries rural counties.

    https://elkodaily.com/news/local/rural-counties-fear-speculation-as-company-files-to-control-as/article_18029ada-be2d-5d0b-9fd8-627ab8b2eb64.html#tncms-source=infinity-scroll-summary-siderail-latest

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