The Nevada Department of Agriculture is making recommendations to bring populations down to low AML. Livestock is being restricted and the Department is pushing back on the wild roses instead of recognizing the damage done to the range by domestic livestock. The feeling was that their use is the priority and everything else comes after that. On July 31, 2012 at the Nevada Department of Agriculture meeting Dr. Boyd Spratling requested an Agenda item. He has requested that the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDoA) create “letters” to various officials addressing the BLM Drought management plans (specific Item Battle Mountain).
Dr. Spratling is a member of the NDoA Board and also a member of the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.
Dr. Spratling did not discuss any specific to the Drought EA of the Agenda item in his presentation but created an overview statement that addresses removal of wild horses as the mitigating factor for drought.He failed to present any provision in the WFRH&B Act that is the legislation whose intent was to protect these animals as integral and to be managed as “wild” on public lands. He failed to address the real damage to the range being caused by over utilization by domestic livestock.
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Please take a minute to send this email (below) or draft one of your own and let these people know you feel strongly wild horses should not be removed from the rangeland.
Dear Secretary Salazar:
There have been recent discussions taking place in northern Nevada regarding the drought conditions. There seems to be a lot of focus on the removal of more wild horses to solve the problem while once again we see other users take a pass on their responsibility to be a part of this solution. The wild horses have been an easy target for years, even though they are among the wildlife species that are protected by federal law; unlike domestic cattle which cause by far the greatest damage to the resources on the public lands by virtue of their excessive numbers.
We all recognize the devastating effects that the drought has had in many regions of the United States. It goes without saying that adjustments must be made across the board to mitigate the damage the drought is doing. But these adjustments should be based on the best science and take into account the weight of all existing factors and users, including those that yield the highest economic returns.
The continuing random gathering of wild horses has without a doubt brought us to the brink where their future is concerned. Lack of concern for genetic viability, reliance on skewed data to establish Appropriate Management Levels, and a general failure to find other long term solutions to on the range management, as well as the inability to get a handle on the growing numbers of horses in holding pens, has left us with a federally protected wildlife species whose very existence is threatened.
It is time that we take into account the fact that millions of Americans understand that wild horses are an integral part of American history, that they belong to all of us, and that their place on the public lands is as important, if not more so, than other protected and unprotected animals species. Why not assign a priority to them when coming up with a plan to address drought conditions?
We have witnessed the elimination of other wildlife species over the past few centuries through improper and gross mismanagement and paid a high price as a society for our failure to recognize their place in the big scheme of things. Let’s not let the wild horses become the latest chapter in our inability to secure our future history for our children and grandchildren. Please do the right thing for our wild horses.
Acting Director BLM: Mike Pool
Edwin Roberson BLM
Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning
1849 C Street NW, Rm. 5644
BLM Nevada State Office,
State Director, Amy Lueders
Deputy State Director, Natural Resource, Land & Planning: Raul Morales
1340 Financial Blvd.,
Reno, NV 89502