SOURCE: Wild Horse Freedom Federation
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Statement on U.S. Department of the Interior Retention Schedules
November 17, 2018
Wild Horse Freedom Federation, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and is one of the major wild horse & burro advocacy organizations in the United States. Wild Horse Freedom Federation strongly urges the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to reconsider the proposed records retention schedule approved on or about Aug 2, 2018 (DAA-0048-2015-0003), relating to the disposition of a range of Department of the Interior records.
DAA-0048-2015-0003 should not be approved in its current form. In this letter we detail our reasons why many records scheduled for destruction are valuable to research and as historical records, and should be retained permanently.
Wild Horse Freedom Federation and it’s Vice-President, Debbie Coffey, have filed about 150 Freedom of Information Act requests in the past 8 years. One of our goals has been to provide the public with detailed information that is not available online regarding the management of America’s wild horses & burros on public lands by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse & Burro Program. We have shared information gathered from our FOIA requests with the media and the public, including on our documentation page on our website: http://wildhorsefreedomfederation.org/documentation/
We have also shared information from our FOIA requests with our listeners on Wild Horse & Burro Radio, an internet radio show that is an educational outreach program of Wild Horse Freedom Federation. We have had 50,000 listeners within the first 24 hours of our shows, which are then archived as an educational library. We have also had many experts regarding many aspects of public lands issues as guests on this radio show. http://wildhorsefreedomfederation.org/wild-horse-and-burro-radio/
Wild Horse Freedom Federation has also served the public with careful oversight of many aspects of the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse & Burro Program.
In July 2017, Wild Horse Freedom Federation issued a WHITE PAPER to members of Congress, the media and the public. Hundreds of pages of FOIA records were used as Exhibits.
Unfortunately, the Department of Interior is now requesting the destruction of many similar documents within only a few years. There is much public interest in America’s wild horses & burros, along with resources on our public lands.
It is of great concern to our organization that not only does the schedule permit the Department of the Interior to dispose of these critical records, it permits the disposal of agency records going back more than 50 years and it also authorizes the agencies to stop saving these records in the future.
We are asking NARA not to destroy this history of America’s wild horses and burros, wildlife and public lands, and to permanently preserve as many records as possible.
Below, we give our reasons specific records have research and historical value, along with our request for the records retention of each set of records.
Proposed Item DAA-0048-2015-0003:
READ OUR COMMENTS HERE.