Preface: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a report/plan to Congress on May 8th through backdoor channels. The plan was sent to the same entities in the backdoor room that created the plan. To this day, BLM has not released this plan through a mailing list of all stakeholders. The plan was announced the same way it was created; just to those in the club.
The plan fulfills the requirement Congress placed on an additional $21 million for the remainder of the 2020 fiscal year (October); BLM release a plan for the funding. Congress stated that there would be a 60 review period of the document prior to the release of funding. This “plan” is not comprehensive and will run the system directly to collapse.
The 2021 fiscal year debate is in full swing with requests for further funding for the “plan.”
WHE have written multiple articles and created an easy click and send letter you can access HERE.
Congress is busy with all of the issues facing our nation. To ensure wild horses and burros are not overlooked, and this planning document simply being approved because Congress has not given it the attention it deserves, we highly recommend writing a personal letter. Better yet, pick up the phone and call. (find your reps and their info HERE)
WHE members have been very busy writing, calling, explaining and doing it again and again. Using our letter as a template, to craft their own letters, is a step we urge all of you to take.
WHE has sent a comprehensive document and attachments to members of Congress. However, we are being told that we are the only organization pushing management planning (HMAPs) that cover things like forage allocations and herd sizes! We are being told that “everyone else” just feels that an expansion of fertility control, along with removals, is “ok.” Does that represent you? If not, we need your help.
A simple article that explains “what and why” about the plan and a simple action you should consider taking HERE.
Below we have included letters crafted by WHE volunteers as additional material to help you craft your own. We present a long one from Else Gardner Walsh, and a shorter one from Pam Chandler.
Please, reach out in whatever format you chose, but speak now.
“After I stood out there acting like I was grazing, and singing, they approached, so curious. They then started eating and were so calm and accepting of me.” Elyse Gardner Walsh, WHE volunteer, “That is not a zoom. She actually came up and smelled my arm. These horses break my heart.”
In 2010 Elyse went to the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge with our founder Laura Leigh. Leigh was trying desperately to bring attention to what was happening at Sheldon. She felt that it was a blueprint being laid out for all of our herds as USFWS did not have the restrictions BLM had they were free to use any and every method they wanted to satisfy the “stakeholders” they chose. After one experiment, spaying mares through the rectum, about 30% died before being released back to the range with no follow-up whatsoever. The ones removed were not tracked by the agency and there was no oversight; over 90% of the last of the Sheldons went to slaughter. Is this the direction for all of our herds now?
Elyse utilized our open letter as a template and crafted her own; we know it is a long letter. WHE sent our larger, 167-page comprehensive letter, this week as well. You can use the letter below to craft your own. Or you can make a simple call as outlined here.
From WHE volunteer Pam Chandler:
“We are not walking down a shallow slope of slow destruction, we are standing at the edge of a cliff.” Laura Leigh Founder of Wild Horse Education, in 2015.
~Do you have a plan in place for the management of running your Congressional offices? Do you have or will you have a plan in place for the management of a reelection campaign? MANAGEMENT MATTERS!
~Prior to the release of ANY additional taxpayer funding to the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) I am requesting that you direct/mandate the BLM to begin to preserve wild horse herds and their habitats through the creation of the required *HMAPs. Roundups are NOT management!
~Management includes a process of planning to reach goals and objectives yet Congress has allowed the BLM to skirt this responsibility to the public and our wild horses. BLM has 170 out of 177 herd management areas WITHOUT the required *Herd Area Management Plan. The BLM Handbook states, in section 2.5.2, that a Herd Management Area Plan be created that outlines objectives for herd AND habitat preservation. The HMAP, the intention of which is to streamline NEPA, inform Land Use Plans, outline potential mitigation measures, and identify critical wild horse habitat is being ignored.
~In the BLM’s failure to do this they are thumbing their nose at Congress, taxpayers and complicating ongoing NEPA. The appalling deficit, of there being only 7 HMAPs out of 177 Herd Management Areas, has lead to overcrowding of industry on the land set aside for inclusion of wild horses, a continual corruption of the intention of the law and the use of wild horses as a scapegoat for a broken BLM system. Wild horses can be managed humanely on the range with balanced and fair management.
~Approving the release of the BLM requested 21 million, without mandating management (creating all required HMAPs), will only accelerate the defective BLM Wild Horse and Burro program to collapse, increase the risk of calls for selling wild horses without limits (slaughter) and fleece the taxpayer.
~Please help to ensure the Report to Congress and funding requested by the BLM in their Report: “An Analysis of Achieving a Sustainable Wild Horse and Burro Program,” is NOT approved until all HMAPs are completed and implemented with equity. Can your constituents count on you to take this action in fairness to America’s wild horses?
Write a long letter, or a short one. Take the easy click and send.
Speak out now.
Remembering the Sheldon wild horses…. speak today for the herds we have left.
Help us stay in the fight.
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