Wild Horse Education (WHE) has been on the move and very busy the last two months. This piece is being added as a fast overview/update for our supporters. We are grateful for all of your support as we engage to create an involved and active force, that builds on the existing body of work, to preserve and protect our wild ones. (to support the effort go HERE) Below is a fast bundle of some of the bulk in our basket.
From the Desktop
The land use planning changes and GRSG regulations are a massive load. You can click on each state to see each final BLM EIS HERE for sage grouse. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Initiative can been seen HERE and you can begin to understand some of the massive funding, and focus of that funding, that is going to be a big part of the whole. The entire shifting ground comes together in something deemed “Planning 2.0,” that has open comments until the 25th (we are working on ours).
Unfortunately this is not a process that many wild horse and burro organizations have engaged in any way. We often see ineffective engagement in the current process and a lack of real understanding. The new processes and regulations must be understood, so that engagement where possible, can take place with more effective strategies than in the past.
We have attended multiple meetings in various forms over the past two years and many of them within the last two months. At this time, wild horses and burros are not much more than a footnote that relies on outdated and fictional practices. We are attempting to rectify these flaws but we realize that each action created may need to be addressed on a case-by-case basis, unfortunately.
From the Range
Every year WHE monitors multiple Herd Management Areas (HMA) in the West. We monitor to be prepared to engage actions that may be planned, and if they are not justified or flawed in the analysis, we are ready to address things immediately.
Nevada is home to more wild horses than all other states combined and has a land mass that is nearly 85% public land. To understand a bit about Nevada and the reality our wild ones face in this state, we urge you to take a moment and read HERE.
This year we have an opportunity to use our skill set in new way as we entered into an agreement with the Nevada State Office to work on multiple projects, one step at a time. Because of this opportunity we are focusing much of our time and energy to making the most of it. You can read a bit about the beginning of that journey HERE.
We have been working identifying areas for fertility control projects, limiting removals and checking on other herds where issues may arise later in the year. Instead of doing this work to prepare to address deficits outside the system, WHE is engaged in a site by site process to try to get tools built and ahead of potential problems.
It is a lot of work but we hope that we are creating a more efficient path for the future.
As these projects progress we will give you more information.
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