Our inbox is full of questions after many of you listened to the live stream of the BLM Wild and Burro Horse Advisory Board meeting.
Our time is very limited. Yet many of the questions deserve more than a few sentences in reply. It is encouraging to see so many new names and so many relevant questions.
Our archives contain many articles that can begin to answer many of the questions and we provide a list below. We will delve into many of these subjects in future articles to provide updated information where newer information is available.
We hope the following list is useful.
Glossary of acronyms: https://wildhorseeducation.org/2012/05/09/public-land-acronym-glossary/
AML: the phrase “AML” stands for “Appropriate Management Level” or the number of wild horses the BLM says can live in a specified area. This term was included in the vast majority of the questions we received and we have added it to a list for “updated” articles.
The Game of AML, part one: https://wildhorseeducation.org/2017/08/28/the-game-of-aml-part-one/
The Game of AML, part two: https://wildhorseeducation.org/2017/09/05/the-game-of-aml-part-two/
Deadly traps of Advocacy: https://wildhorseeducation.org/2017/08/02/deadly-traps-dont-get-caught-2/
NAS: “NAS” stands for “National Academy of Sciences.” The National Academies are considered one of the most credible scientific boards in the world. The federal government has commissioned studies from the Academy on many subjects, including the wild horse and burro program. Since the 1980’s the reports have failed the BLM on basic scientific principles including anything that even resembles sound data collection practices. In the 2013 report the marks against BLM were so low at one point the report states that it can not even determine what is fact and what was simply made up or asserted to forward a land managers decision process.
So when you hear BLM “division heads” state “we make our decisions on AML, etc on the years and years of data we have collected” remember there are no “years and years” of sound data supporting any action in the program. We will write an updated article.
NAS, A First Look (you can download a copy of the 400 page report at this link): https://wildhorseeducation.org/2013/06/05/nas-report-a-first-look/
NAS, Context and the real world: https://wildhorseeducation.org/2016/04/06/nas-report-a-bit-of-context/
BLM Report to Congress: Earlier this year the BLM crafted a 25 page wish list it references as a report on the program. The “report” has no more validity than the report to Congress on National Monuments that has since been debunked as political agenda that leaves out vast amounts of information and skews the information contained within the pages to suit politics, not facts. The BLM report on wild horses and burros is the same kind of document.
This document should not be used as a basis for any discussion that can bring irreversible decisions. This document requires the same scrutiny given to the report on National Monuments.
BLM Report to Congress: https://wildhorseeducation.org/2018/04/27/blm-report-to-congress/
The links contained in this brief article should answer most of your questions. We will be writing soon to update these subjects and to bring you up to date on how our wild horses are paying the price for unimpeded interests that are shrinking wild horse habitat at an unprecedented rate.
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