At WHE our teams are engaging many of the threats to our wild horses. We are working on legal protests, comment letters, field data and engaged in the funding debates. It is a busy time.
You can speak up for our wild ones, too.
A list of items to craft a comment letter (not a petition or click and send) below. Why not a click and send? For public comments in NEPA (EAs, MAPs, etc) sign on letters are irrelevant and dismissed. In recent litigation (Case No. 3:18-cv-00059-LRH-CBC, Triple B) an org tried to use a petition to demonstrate a legal threshold. It failed. Petitions and “sign on” are good for legislative issues, not NEPA comments. If we gave you a petition? your input would be dismissed. Yes, we know there are still petitions for NEPA comments. Federal agencies and courts will dismiss your investment as just “button click.” Take the time to craft a comment to demonstrate your interest as a taxpayer with a stake in the outcome.
EXPIRED: Rock Springs Wyoming draft EIS and land use planning revision comments due today: https://bit.ly/2Skmw8E
This revision is intended to zero out herds, drastically reduce populations in another and turn another one into, essentially, a sterilized on range holding facility. Deadline May 30th.
ACTIVE: Pryor Mountain JMAP comments due May 15: https://bit.ly/2xqoD3M
The planning document will determine how the Pryor Mountain wild horses in Montana are managed for years, decades, to come. Will this be another range breeding program for color or a plan to manage a species as a wild component of the landscape?
ACTIVE: Rock Springs Checkerboard (CO2) Oil and Gas Corridor comments are not due until July 16: https://bit.ly/3d139JN
We urge all of you that are crafting comments to meet todays deadline for “Wyoming” take the time to read about the pipeline project through the areas BLM intends to wipe clean of wild horses.
A legislative item to help in the “big picture” fight. For legislative items a mass mail letter is appropriate: these are your elected officials and many people saying the same thing actually is part of this process. As an simplistic example: this is where your vote counts.
ACTIVE: As the nation faces a health emergency the Department of Interior is pushing projects (EA/EIS) and policy changes through. We need to STOP them. We need our legislators to take that action.
Please take the time to read and send the fast click and send action item: https://bit.ly/2WrgYuD
At WHE we have sent in our comments on the issues above and are also working in many other areas.
Some of what WHE is doing:
WHE has joined a coalition of diverse groups to fight a mining permit that will devastate a massive, critical, water table in NV: https://bit.ly/3bSK50e
WHE is protesting a district wide removal plan in Southern NV: https://bit.ly/3f4eXwI
WHE has joined the coalition against the wildlife trade: https://bit.ly/2KJcgCO
We are gearing up to continue our fight against abuse of wild horses: https://bit.ly/3aRymxN
At the same time we are continuing to attempt to work with BLM to get land use planning revisions, fertility control and a data based approach to management into place to protect and preserve our wild ones for generations to come.
It is a very busy time.
If you are new to wild horses, or just want to brush up, you can browse through our “Wild Horses 101” webinar material FREE: https://wildhorseeducation.org/2020/04/09/reference-wild-horses-101/
Through Friday May 8 we have been offered a match to help build our war chest. Every contribution will be matched up to $5,000. The match is designated as funding for the fight against abusive practices. Can you help us make the match and meet the challenge ahead?
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