Action Item

Not Over My Wild Horses: Grass March


WHE’s response to Grant Gerber, organizer of the grass march.

On September 26 the “Grass March” pony express is set to leave California with the intent of delivering a petition to Congress. This “march” was begun by Grant Gerber (county commission) in support of his ranching buddies as they faced livestock restrictions due to drought (we wrote about it back in March, “Deranged War, Or the God Complex of public land ranchers)

Points of the petition:

  • Empower states to remove abusive federal employees (note: they mean those with the audacity to protect public land from abusive practices or anyone they don’t like)
  • Remove sage grouse from consideration as an endangered species (note: because that could restrict them from using your public range as their private property)
  • Reinstate all roads closed by U.S. Forest Service
  • Remove excess wild horses from the rangelands (note: wild horses are only allowed on 11% of your public land and receive less than 16% of the forage, while livestock gets 66% of your public land and nearly 80% of forage)
  • Remove the raven from the Migratory Bird Treaty (note: because they want to kill them)
  • Halt the attempt by federal agents to gain control over Nevada Water
  • Transfer public land to state control (note: so their buddies can give them everything they want)

The petition that was delivered amid much fanfare to the Nevada Governor’s office appears to have failed. So now the plan is to trek this petition across the United States doing fundraising events as they go in a “pony express.”

Now they plan to take the circus on the road. This is the intended route:

You can visit their website that actually contains very little info. However the “crew” is listed and includes Arlo Crutcher. Some of you may remember the name from the McDermitt reservation roundup of horses where the horses were all sent to the killbuyer auction in Fallon Nevada.

Be sure to read a background piece on the Battle Nevada, where we have been “boots on the ground” for the last few years.

“Grass Camp”

WHE visited their “camp” in Battle Mountain (we travel across the state at least once a week). The sign says “We stay until Doug Furtado is gone.” (Furtado is the BLM District Manager that signed the decision to restrict livestock in Argenta and Diamond, not field office wide as the protestors would have you believe). What is really very funny is that every time we drive by the camp is deserted…

Our message to Gerber and his “crew” is plain and simple… “You can march all you want, you can sign all the petitions you want, you can make up as many stories as you want… but you will no longer march over our wild horses.”

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