Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Speak Up for Wild Horses in Nevada, BLM Schedules Tours of Holding Facilities and more news

American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

Take Action: Tell the BLM "No" to Wild Horse Removals
In The Desatoya Mountains Area in Central Nevada


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is combining a wild horse roundup 
with a vegetation- and tree-killing project. The agency refers to this ill-conceived 
proposal as a "Habitat Resiliency, Health, and Restoration Project."  
Our friends at the Western Watershed Project describe it as a  
"massive deforestation and sagebrush/pinyon pine-killing scheme" 
that will also victimize wild horses. Included is the removal of 
450 to 525 horses from within and around the Desatoya Mountains 
Herd Management Area (HMA). Please take a minute to oppose the 
removal of wild horses from the Desatoya HMA and support 
environmentally-sound range management by clicking here or below.

Comments must be received by April 4, 2012.
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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carson City District-Stillwater Field Office in Nevada is seeking public input for an ill-conceived proposed "Habitat Restoration" project that will not only hurt wild horses, but also will be destructive to the environment. The ten-year plan includes a helicopter roundup of 450 to 525 wild horses in and around the Desatoya Mountains Herd Management Area (HMA) to take place in the summer of 2012 and the continual removal of wild horses via bait/water trapping over the next ten years to keep wild horse population within the artificially-low "Allowable" Management Level (AML) set by the BLM.
The BLM has set the AML for Desatoya Mountains HMA at just 127 to 180 wild horses, while authorizing the annual equivalent of approximately 600 privately-owned cows to graze in the same area.
This action is being proposed under the guise of saving the sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird that is quickly disappearing due to habitat loss. The major culprit in the sage grouse's demise is livestock grazing, yet the BLM plan calls for no reduction in the number of cows allowed to graze the public lands in this area. Instead, the BLM proposes to continue its dominate-and-destroy approach to public lands management, by removing pinyon pine, juniper trees and sagebrush, as well as constructing additional fencing. The plan also includes the widespread application of chemical herbicides. It's ironic that the BLM is claiming that it will save the sage grouse by eliminating sagebrush -- the very habitat that the birds need for survival. In addition, the pinyon pines that the BLM wants to remove are an important component of the ecosystem, providing food and habitat for wildlife, watershed protection, as well as pine nuts, which can be harvested as an important economic resource.
Please take easy action below to demand that the BLM implement a cost-effective, environmentally-sound and humane alternative to the proposed plan. 


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