The Bureau of Land Management is currently revising the Resource Management Plans for Rawlins and Rock Springs. These management plans provide the template upon which public lands in these areas are managed for many years to come.
Today is the last day to provide comments on the BLM’s plans to eradicate almost all of the wild horses on 2 million acres. Nearly half of the wild horses in Wyoming live in these four herd areas. Because of a lawsuit brought by the Rock Springs Grazing Association, whose members enjoy taxpayer subsidized grazing on the portions of the checkerboard that are public land, the BLM is planning to do the following:
1. Zero out the Salt Wells Creek and Great Divide Basin herds – meaning no more wild horses in these two Herd Management Areas.
2. Reduce the AML (Allowable Management Level) of wild horses for the Adobe Town Herd from 610 – 800 to 225-450 horses, despite the fact that there is only a tiny portion of the half million acre Herd Management Area that in in the checkerboard area.
3. Sterilize the White Mountain wild horses, and turn the herd into a non-reproducing herd – which means in 20 years there will be no more wild horses.
The BLM is soliciting comments from the public in order to complete the Scoping phase for amending the Resource Management Plans for the Rock Springs and Rawlins areas. Now is the time to tell the BLM that it must protect and preserve the wild horses int he checkerboard area for future generations, not eradicate these wild horse herds because of a special interest group who receives tax subsidies to graze their livestock on our public lands. Livestock grazing on public lands is a privilege, not a right. Wild horses are protected by Federal Law.
The 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act mandates, “The Secretary shall manage wild free-roaming horses and burros in a manner that is designed to achieve and maintain a thriving natural ecological balance on the public lands.”
The removal of wild horses from these areas not only is in violation of the Act, it also violates the BLM’s own policy of managing public lands for “multiple uses.”
Please comment today.
Some important points to cover are:
*That you oppose the BLM’s plans to zero out the Salt Wells Creek and Great Divide Basin Herds, and the reducion of the AML for Adobe Town to 225 – 450 horses and turning the White Mountain Herd into a sterile, non-reproducing herd.
*That you ask them to consider the economic impacts of their proposed actions, which would include lost revenues from tourism, increased costs of roundups and long term holding for wild horses, which is in direct contrast to the economic benefits of reducing or eliminating taxpayer subsidized livestock grazing on public lands.
*That you ask them to reduce the livestock grazing on the checkerboard lands instead of reducing wild horse numbers, and that wild horses should be managed in the wild using fertility control methods that are not permanent.
*That you ask them to consider the impact on the public of destroying the wild horse population on 2 million acres of public land when the public is overwhelmingly in support of protecting and preserving wild horses and interested in visiting them and viewing them on public lands.
For more information you can go here: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/
Here is where you should send your comments:
Don’t let this be the last of Wyoming’s wild horses.