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High Rock & Calico Gathers to be Conducted Simultaneously…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on June 24, 2011

BLM Says: “The High Rock Complex Gather is being coordinated with the Calico Complex Gather proposed by the Winnemucca BLM District’s Black Rock Field Office in Fall/Winter 2011.” 

Advocates Ask: “Why?” (rather sarcastically I might add…)

According to the High Rock Complex Gather EA, BLM states the following:

“The benefit of coordinating these wild horse gathers is that it affords the BLM the opportunity to gather wild horses that have moved out of their designated HMAs (due to gather pressure) and have moved into adjacent areas which are subject to different administrative jurisdiction. In the past, horses that have moved out of the prescribed gather area during operations have not been gathered. By coordinating the High Rock and Calico Gathers to occur consecutively, the effective gather area would be increased, thereby improving gather success rates and the ability to achieve the AML within this broader area.”

The High Rock Complex is managed by the Surprise Field Office in California and consists of the Bitner, Fox-Hog, High Rock, Nut Mountain, and Wall Canyon HMAs, along with the Nut Mountain HMA. There is some minuscule light shining at the end of the tunnel though. In the first paragraph of the High Rock EA, BLM states the following:

“The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Surprise Field Office is proposing to implement a population management operation for wild horses in order to achieve desired population levels within the Bitner, Fox-Hog, High Rock, Nut Mountain, and Wall Canyon Herd Management Areas (HMAs), and from adjacent public lands outside of these designated HMAs. This would entail gathering and removing excess horses from four HMAs (Bitner, Fox-Hog, High Rock, and Wall Canyon) and potentially adding horses to one HMA (Nut Mountain). The Nut Mountain HMA did not have excess animals at the time of the last population inventory. All HMAs will be managed for Appropriate Management Levels.”

Whether or not this actually occurs will be the question on everyone’s lips from now until then. The Tri-State MOU includes the following Wild Horse Areas:

  • FWS Oregon: Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
  • BLM Oregon, Lakeview District: Beatys Butte HMA
  • BLM California, Surprise Field Office: Bitner, Massacre Lakes, Nut Mountain, Wall Canyon, High Rock, Fox Hog HMAs
  • FWS Nevada: Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge
  • BLM Nevada, Winnemucca District: Granite, Calico Mountains, Black Rock West, Black Rock East, Warm Springs, McGee Mountain HMAs

Contact Info:

Rolando R. Mendez
Field Manager
Bureau of Land Management
Black Rock Field Office
5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd.
Winnemucca, NV 89445
775.623.1500
e-mail: Tri-State-Calico_Complex@blm.gov

Comments need to be writing and should reference High Rock Complex Wild Horse Roundup, the specific document you are referencing, and include applicable section or page numbers.

Comments may be mailed toBureau of Land Management Surprise Field Office, P.O. Box 460, Cedarville, CA 96104, or emailed to: CA High Rock Complex Horse Roundup

Documents:

Tri-State Calico Complex Wild Horse and Burro Gather PEA (Public comment period ends July 18, 2011)

High Rock Complex Wild Horse and Burro Roundup  (Comments will be accepted until July 15, 2011)

For many, many more NEPA documents from the Surprise & Winnemucca Offices, click here…

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BLM Releases Tri-State-Calico Complex WH&B Gather Plan, & Meets with Immediate Opposition…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on June 16, 2011

More to come on the Calico Complex from TMP soon… T.

BLM Nevada News
WINNEMUCCA DISTRICT OFFICE NO. 2011-24
FOR RELEASE: June 15, 2011
CONTACT: Lisa Ross at (775) 623-1541, lisa_ross@blm.gov

Preliminary Environmental Assessment Available for Tri-State-Calico Complex Wild Horse Gather

Winnemucca, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office has prepared a preliminary environmental assessment (EA) for the Tri-State-Calico Complex Wild Horse and Burro Gather Plan. The BLM is proposing to gather approximately 1,298 wild horses and 140 wild burros, of which as many as 268 wild horses would be released back to the range following the gather. The gather area is located northeast of Gerlach, Nev., within Humboldt and Washoe counties. The BLM would appreciate receiving substantive comments on the preliminary EA by July 18, 2011.
In the proposed action, of the wild horses released back to the range, approximately 87 mares would receive a 22-month Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP-22) immunocontraceptive vaccine treatment and 181 studs/geldings would be released due to sex ratio adjustments (60 percent male/40 percent female). The goal is to slow population growth and maintain population size within the appropriate management level, and extend the time before a gather to remove excess wild horses would be needed.
“Keeping the herd population in balance with the available forage and water helps keep these wild horses healthy,” said Rolando Mendez, Black Rock field manager. “It is the BLM’s responsibility to sustain the health of the rangelands, and achieve and maintain a thriving natural ecological balance.” The BLM is proposing to finish the proposed action and decision made in the Calico Mountains Complex Wild Horse Gather Plan from 2010.  Although the Calico Mountains Complex was gathered in Jan. and Feb. 2010, the overall proposed action was not achieved due to winter conditions and wild horse movement within the tri-state area of Nevada, Oregon, and California, which necessitates the need for this follow-up gather.
The BLM estimates there are currently 1,602 wild horses within the Complex and 179 wild burros. The gather is proposed in order to return the wild horse and burro population to within the appropriate management level of 572 to 952 wild horses and 39 to 65 wild burros. The Complex consists of approximately 584,000 acres (public and private) but the gather area consists of approximately 1,041,000 acres to encompass wild horses and burros residing outside of the herd management areas (HMAs).
Wild horses and burros from the Tri-State-Calico Complex would be gathered as a Complex or unit as herds move and interact throughout. The proposed gather is being conducted in conjunction with BLM California’s High Rock Wild Horse Gather, which would take place immediately prior to this proposed gather. This is conducive because both gathers are located within the tri-state area where wild horse movement between these areas exists. The Complex gather involves areas beyond the HMA boundaries as wild horse and burros have moved outside of HMAs in search of forage, water and space, due to the current over-population of wild horses and burros in these areas. The Complex includes the following HMAs: Black Rock Range East, Black Rock Range West, Calico Mountains, Granite Range, Warm Springs Canyon, and McGee Mountain.  The proposed gather is tentatively scheduled to begin in December 2011 and will last approximately 40-50 days.
The document may be reviewed on-line at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/wfo/blm_information/nepa0.html. Printed copies are available upon request from the BLM Winnemucca District Office. Questions and written comments should be directed to: Rolando Mendez, Field Manager, Black Rock Field Office, BLM Winnemucca District, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, NV 89445-2921.Comments may also be submitted by email to Tri-State-Calico_Complex@blm.gov. Email messages should include “Tri-State-Calico Complex Gather Plan (Whitman)” in the subject line. Public comments submitted for this project, including names and addresses of commentors will be available for public review at the Winnemucca District Office during regular business hours 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.
––BLM–

Immediately following the email distribution of this news, a reply-to-all message was sent:

Do you have any other documentation available to support the conclusions set forth in the EA? Names of the experts, their backgrounds, photographic evidence (specific locations, documented on the ground photos & aerial) and detailed examples of damage, over use, etc.? Please provide the methodology used to calculate the numbers of Wild Horses on the various ranges; dates, times, and methods used and the specific individuals utilized and their professional backgrounds. Do you have a new and specific proposed multi-use plan? If yes, please provide?
Best regards,
William M. LeRoy, President & CEO
American Legal & Financial Network® (ALFN®)

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BLM Amends Ruby Pipeline Project

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on March 11, 2011

Better late than never, sorry for the delay… T.
  
Release Date: 02/25/11
Contacts: Mark Mackiewicz, 435-636-3616
News Release No. 2011-015

BLM Amends Ruby Pipeline Project

The U. S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) signed a Decision to amend the Right-of-Way (ROW) Grant and Temporary use Permit (TUP) for the Ruby Pipeline Project on February 24, 2011. The 42-inch diameter, approximately 678-mile long interstate natural gas pipeline crosses 368 miles of Federal land beginning near Opal, Wyoming, through northern Utah and northern Nevada, and terminating near Malin, Oregon.
The Ruby Project was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission April 5, 2010. The ROW Grant and Plan of Development were approved by a Record of Decision (ROD) issued by the BLM on July 12, 2010. Potential effects were analyzed in an Environmental Impact Statement, released in January 2010.
After consideration of agency and tribal comments the BLM has decided, with concurrence from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, to make changes to the ROW Grant for the project. This Decision incorporates the Klamath County Reroute, developed to avoid sensitive resources that were identified in consultation with agencies and affected tribes.
Copies of the Decision, as well as the original ROD, are available at the locations listed below and on the on the Internet at:  www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/info/nepa/ruby_pipeline_project.html.

• BLM, Kemmerer Field Office, 312 Hwy 189 N, Kemmerer, WY
• BLM, Salt Lake Field Office, 2370 South 2300 West, Salt Lake City, UT
• BLM, Elko Field Office, 3900 E. Idaho Street, Elko, NV
• BLM, Winnemucca Field Office, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd, Winnemucca, NV
• BLM, Lakeview Resource Area, 1301 S. G St., Lakeview, OR
• BLM, Klamath Falls Field Office, 2795 Anderson Ave., Ste. 25, Klamath Falls, OR
• BLM, Surprise Field Office, 602 Cressler St., Cedarville, CA
• Fremont-Winema National Forests, 1301 S. G St., Lakeview, OR
• Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, 324 25th St., Ogden, UT
• Bureau of Reclamation, Klamath Basin Area Office, 6600 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR
Questions concerning the Decision may be directed to Mark Mackiewicz at: Mark Mackiewicz, BLM National Project Manager, c/o 125 South 600 West, Price, UT 84501.

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Deepwater Horizon Investigation Report Issued…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on September 13, 2010

Deepwater Horizon Accident Investigation Report

A word of caution… There are 192 pages in this document and it is 13.63 mb but… It’s here if you would like to download it. I am currently reviewing the document as I just received it about 30 minutes ago myself.

I Need Coffee!!!

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the Texas Mustang Project presents the You Be the Judge Series…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on September 2, 2010

Sorrel Foal Dozing in the Sun at the Broken Arrow USA Wild Horse Holding Facility, Fallon, NV March 2010

 

I’ve had a few of you folks ask me over the past month or so when I was going to do another You Be the Judge edition. Well, I can’t quite say that for sure just yet. I have been tinkering with a few ideas here and there, and of course there are several current affairs that I would like to “pick on” and play the Devil’s Advocate to, but there’s just not been that one in particular that I have been able to settle on yet. This series takes a great amount of time to produce due to the research involved that is necessary to uphold the purpose of the editions themselves.  To give some background to anyone new to this series, I’ve included the links below to the entire series here on TMP. They can also be found in pdf format on the You Be the Judge page. As well, I’m including here “Playing the Devil’s Advocate as a preface to the series. (I encourage each of you to read the information on the YBTJ page to get a better understanding of the overall purpose.)     

So without further adieu, the Texas Mustang Project presents the You Be the Judge Series…    

*I’ve had several requests to post the Q&A interview with Ginger Kathrens of The Cloud Foundation in response to the Pryor Mountain Gather of September 2009. I proofread the document before posting, and I realized just how much I have learned about the Wild Horse Management situation as a whole in just a few months. It is my hope that its content will be taken in this spirit. And yea, it’s really long too, but Ginger and I tend to gab quite a bit when we get on this subject, so just bear with us… Trust me, it’s worth it! 🙂 Q&A with Ginger Kathrens September 11, 2009

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The Mustang Conspiracy, by Willis & from T. August 01, 2010

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on August 1, 2010

When this story first hit the internet from ATS.com, I sent an email to Richard Wheatley, Public Relations for Ruby Pipeline, LLC. (You may all remember Mr. Wheatley from You Be the Judge, 6th Edition, January 19, 2010: Answers from Ruby Pipeline LLC when I asked about the Ruby Pipeline’s position on wild horses and burros who inhabited areas within the proposed route for the pipeline itself.)

I asked Mr. Wheatley for a chat to visit the findings of ATS.com’s investigative report, that it was time for he and I to sit down and talk again. Mr. Wheatley replied with the following:

Regardless of the “press” you may have seen recently, we stand by our position.  No need to re-visit this issue. 

Obviously, I have viewed this report, and its accompanying 2-part video. I can’t say that I am surprised, even though I would like to say that. If I could be surprised about it, then I think it would be a little easier for me to combat. However, this does not come as a surprise to me at all, just like the BP Oil Spill itself didn’t come as a surprise to me. Fear, worry, anger, and frustration were the feelings I had on that fateful April morning, but not surprise.

I also wasn’t surprised when the OIG came out with their report back in 2008 that the Lake Charles office of the MMS was corrupt. Again, even though I would like to say that I was, I can’t because quite frankly this information was almost “common knowledge” here in my neck of the woods.

For decades, the people who live in my area have known that the way to do business in the oil industry was to wine and dine the officials. This wining and dining included but was not limited to all expense paid evenings to strip clubs, bars, “fine dining” and whatever else those establishments “offered” their VIP customers.

Oil deals are not made in a board room with members sitting around a table. No, far from this are the ways of the oil industry in the Gulf of Mexico. Worse, this practice is accepted as the norm and is expected by all parties involved. Credit card companies have probably paid for their commercials ten times over with the interest accrued from the oil industry’s expense accounts. No one bats an eye; no one raises a concern. This is the way that it is.

Unfortunately – and I hate to be the bearer of bad news here – but this is still common practice today. If you were to ask someone in the oil industry about this matter in a concerned way, they would simply look at you as though you had lost your mind.

Bottom line: You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.

Enter whatever body parts you like in the place of “back” because I can assure you my friends, back scratching ain’t the only thing going on in the oil industry.

T.

From Willis:

 

The Internet investigative reporting group, Above Top Secret, and Las Vegas television KLAS (George Knapp / I-Team) have pulled quite a bit of information together and have established some ominous theories as to what is really going on behind the scenes with respect to our public lands, wild horses, wildlife, etc.

As I have said in the past, our wild horses are somewhat of an “indicator species.”  As go the horses, so go our public lands – into private (and oftentimes foreign) hands.  There are growing concerns that while horse advocates and ranchers are distracted by arguing over AMLs vs. AUMs, the rug is being pulled out from under both groups by large corporate interests that would like to see all of the animals out of their way.  The ringing question is that if we are supposed to be on a course to wean ourselves from foreign oil, why are we handing the Gulf and our public lands over to the foreign oil companies?

There seems to be ample evidence for us to conclude that American companies tend to have more sensitivity and interest in preserving what is American.  So why are we letting foreign corporations exploit our resources as if we were some third world country? Some possible answers are provided in the ATS and KLAS reports.

I’ve posted links in the War Room to make it easier to navigate these stories.  The Mustang Conspiracy feature that contains these links can be found here: http://www.aowha. org/war/mustangc onspiracy01. html

The ATS presentations include nearly an hour of video, including KLAS / George Knapp material.  Links to supporting documentation can also be found.

It is my opinion that as more people gain an understanding of what may be going on, we’ll understand why the DOI is committed to bizarre policies and why there appears to be no real ambition to change things.  Also the more we know, the better chance we have of forcing some reforms and returning some sense of balance to the usage of our public lands.

“:O) Willis

One who jumps to conclusions risks an unhappy landing.

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“Oil and Gas Hold the Reins in the Wild West”, September 25, 2004, Washington Post

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on July 17, 2010

I have not been able to verify any of the documents referenced in this article as of yet, but when I searched for information on the researcher listed as a source, Alice Crites, I was very impressed with her work. Given the current state of affairs in the Wild Horse and Burro Program and the issues facing the American Wild Mustang and his fight for a home, I found this article to be very enlightening. Thanks to J.T. for sending it to TMP. We are very appreciative!

Correction to This Article
A Sept. 25 article incorrectly described the status of 3 million acres of Interior Department land affected by a legal settlement between the agency and the state of Utah. While the 3 million acres had been designated as “wilderness inventory” lands that merited government protection, they had not yet achieved legally protected status. Also, in some Sept. 25 editions, a Page One headline contained a typographical error. The headline should have read “Oil and Gas Hold the Reins in the Wild West,” not “Old and Gas Hold the Reins in the Wild West.”

Oil and Gas Hold the Reins in the Wild West
Land-Use Decisions Largely Favor Energy Industry

By Joby Warrick and Juliet Eilperin
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, September 25, 2004; Page A01

PARACHUTE, Colo. — The last sanctuary of the West Douglas wild horse herd is a desolate, forbidding place, which is just how the horses like it. As many as 60 skittish sorrels and bays make their home on the steeper slopes and stony ridges north of here, abandoning the valleys to growing throngs of oil and gas men looking for places to drill.

Now, even this refuge may soon be lost. The U.S. Interior Department, which has leased 93 percent of the horses’ preserve to energy companies, recently unveiled plans for evicting the entire herd. Under the proposal, the animals will be rounded up with nets and tranquilizer darts and then hauled away for adoption. The reason cited: Wild horses are incompatible with the region’s intensive gas production.

The removal of the horses, if accomplished, will be little felt outside the area. But the move to strip Colorado’s West Douglas Herd Area of its only herd is emblematic of a larger effort underway to rewrite the rules governing millions of acres of undeveloped federal lands in the West. With few exceptions, the changes decisively favor energy development at a cost of reduced protections for some of the country’s last wild spaces, a Washington Post analysis shows.

From his first days in Washington, President Bush has built an environmental record marked by extraordinary controversy, with decisions that have outraged environmentalists while drawing praise from industry trade groups and political conservatives.

In the view of the administration and its supporters, Bush’s solutions to problems such as global warming and mercury pollution reflect pragmatism and a preference for consensus over confrontation. Opponents contend that Bush’s policies unabashedly favor industry at the expense of the environment. With support from Democrats and moderate Republicans in Congress, environmentalists have rallied to block or stall several key initiatives, including a high-profile effort to open Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling.

But the administration’s most enduring environmental legacy may lie here in the West, where a series of policy decisions and little-noticed administrative actions have eased development restrictions on millions of acres of federal lands. More than 60 million acres — an area twice the size of Virginia — are more vulnerable to logging or drilling as a result of policies that weakened federal restrictions on their development. Other administration actions have made it harder for government officials to apply the most stringent protections to federal wild lands. As part of a legal settlement reached last year with Utah, the administration banned government workers from surveying public lands to identify areas worthy of being set aside by Congress as federal preserves off-limits to development of any kind. More than 3 million acres that had been nominated for a congressional designation lost their protected status.

In addition, Interior officials have worked rapidly to revise dozens of federal land-use plans. The documents, developed without congressional oversight, determine whether large swaths of federal territory will be protected or thrown open to businesses seeking gas, oil, grazing lands or timber.

Under the Bush presidency, this little-known policy tool is being used to increase energy companies’ access to federal lands, an analysis of the documents shows. Draft plans that have been made public in the past year would open millions of acres that were previously off-limits to drilling.

The actions fulfill a pledge by Bush three years ago to squeeze more oil and gas from federal lands, reducing at least slightly the country’s dependence on imported energy. In interviews, White House and senior Interior officials strongly defended the administration’s policies and insisted there would be no wholesale sacrifice of wilderness lands for the sake of energy development.

“It is our obligation to use the land wisely, and sometimes not to use it at all,” said James L. Connaughton, chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He said Bush had replaced some of the “extreme” and “top-down” programs of the Clinton administration with more flexible policies that allowed state and local governments to help decide how nearby federal lands would be used. “We have a strong commitment to preserving roadless areas,” he said.

Connaughton and other administration officials contend that Bush has forged a robust environmental legacy that includes protecting forests from wildfires and promoting wetlands preservation. The officials also pointed to recent decisions, announced as the presidential election approaches, to temporarily halt new gas and oil leases in some sensitive areas and to designate a new national park in Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes desert. At the same time, they said, Bush takes seriously the congressional mandate to tap into the energy riches hidden beneath federal lands.

“Encouraging [energy] production is something important to the administration because it’s so fundamental to our economy — but it is not our sole focus,” said Rebecca Watson, assistant interior secretary for land and minerals management. “Many times it’s portrayed as the administration ramming this through and running over people. We’re trying to take a thoughtful, measured approach.”

Energy executives support the administration’s actions. Some say the Bush White House is merely correcting an imbalance that occurred under President Bill Clinton. Applications for permits to drill stalled under Clinton, Read the rest of this entry »

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BLM Issues Right-of-Way For Ruby Pipeline Project, July 12, 2010

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on July 14, 2010

Release Date: 07/13/10 Contacts: Mark Mackiewicz, 435-636-3616 News Release No. 2010-023  

Record of Decision For Ruby Pipeline Project

The U. S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Monday, July 12, signed a Record of Decision (ROD) and Right-of-Way Grant (ROW) for the Ruby Pipeline Project, a proposed 678 mile interstate natural gas pipeline that crosses 368 miles of Federal land beginning near Opal, Wyoming, through northern Utah and northern Nevada, and terminating near Malin, Oregon. The BLM Nevada State Director, as the designated Federal official, signed the ROD and authorized the ROW for the construction, operation, maintenance, and termination of the pipeline and associated facilities across lands under jurisdiction of the BLM, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the four states. The ROD is for the selected alternative for the Ruby Pipeline Project, and the ROW is for the route certificated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), with the inclusion of the Newmont and Southern Langell Valley reroutes. The FERC is responsible for authorizing interstate natural gas transmission facilities under the Natural Gas Act and was the lead Federal agency for the preparation of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released in January 2010 in compliance with the requirements of National Environmental Policy Act. The BLM has the primary responsibility for issuing ROW grants and temporary use permits for natural gas pipelines across most Federal lands pursuant to the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920. On April 5th, FERC issued its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Ruby Pipeline Project authorizing construction and operation of approximately 672.6 miles of 42-inch diameter mainline natural gas pipeline, approximately 2.6 miles of 42-inch diameter lateral pipeline, and related above ground facilities. The BLM, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, the State of Utah Public Lands Policy Coordination Office, and the Board of County Commissioners in Lincoln County, Wyoming, served as Cooperating Agencies in the preparation of the EIS. The BLM decision is based on extensive environmental analyses; consideration of agency, tribal, and public comment; application of pertinent Federal laws and policies; and information contained in the Final EIS for project-related actions affecting the BLM, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands. A copy on compact disk of the ROD is available at affected Federal, state and local government agencies and interested parties. It will be available on the Internet at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/info/nepa/ruby_pipeline_project.html and at the following Federal agency offices:  

  • BLM, Kemmerer Field Office, 312 Hwy 189 N, Kemmerer, WY 
  • BLM, Salt Lake Field Office, 2370 South 2300 West, Salt Lake City, UT
  • BLM, Elko Field Office, 3900 E. Idaho Street, Elko, NV
  • BLM, Winnemucca Field Office, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd, Winnemucca, NV
  • BLM, Lakeview Resource Area, 1301 S. G St., Lakeview, OR 
  • BLM, Klamath Falls Field Office, 2795 Anderson Ave., Ste. 25, Klamath Falls, OR
  • BLM, Surprise Field Office, 602 Cressler St., Cedarville, CA
  • Fremont-Winema National Forests, 1301 S. G St., Lakeview, OR
  • Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, 324 25th St., Ogden, UT
  • Bureau of Reclamation, Klamath Basin Area Office, 6600 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls,

OR An electronic copy of the ROD is available on CD by request via e-mail at: blmruby@blm.gov or by mail to: Mark Mackiewicz, BLM National Project Manager, c/o125 South 600 West, Price, UT 84501. Questions concerning the ROD may be directed to Mark Mackiewicz at the above address or by phone: 435-636-3616. 

  

Map Courtesy of Matt Dillon, PMWMC

 

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BLM News Release: Wild/Feral Horse Population Data Collected

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on July 9, 2010

Release Date: 07/09/10
Contacts: JoLynn Worley, 775-861-6515, jolynn_worley@blm.gov
News Release No. 2010-022

Wild/Feral Horse Population Data Collected

Reno, Nev. — Preliminary data from an aerial population survey conducted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) of northwest Nevada and southern Oregon indicates there is a minimum of 4,200 wild/feral horses within this area, which contains 13 wild horse herd management areas (HMAs), including the five Calico Mountains Complex HMAs, 3 wild horse herd areas (HAs), and two national wildlife refuges.

The BLM and FWS concluded the inventory on June 28 after nine days and approximately 60 hours of flight time using a fixed-wing airplane, which will provide a scientifically-based estimate of the wild/feral horse population. The project area encompasses approximately four million acres of private and Federally-managed public lands.

This improved population survey methodology was developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) with the assistance of BLM wild horse specialists. The methodology, called Simultaneous Double-Count with Sightability Bias Correction, used three observers to independently observe and record data on groups of individual horses. The methodology incorporates peer-reviewed techniques that have been used for decades to estimate wildlife populations around the world.

A statistician cooperating with USGS will analyze the preliminary data obtained during the inventory flights to provide population estimates with a 95 percent confidence interval. Inventory information relies on the ability of the aerial observers to see horse groups and is strongly dependent on the skill of the individual observer, size of the horse group, and vegetation cover.

The modeling and analysis to be completed will make adjustments to the preliminary data to account for animals not observed during the flight. The simultaneous double-count/sightability bias correction technique will provide more valid population estimates than the standard uncorrected aerial inventory method.

While the BLM does not have a date for the release of the final results of the inventory and necessary modeling work, preliminary data, which represent the minimum number of horses in each area, are shown below. The BLM/FWS will release the results of the analysis to the public when it comes available. The following numbers shown are direct counts of animals seen during the flight and include observed foals of the year.

Bureau of Land Management administered areas:

State/Herd Management Area (HMA) or Herd Area (HA) Direct Count
Nevada Calico Complex 5 HMAs
   Black Rock East HMA
   Black Rock West HMA
   Calico Mountain HMA
   Warm Springs Canyon HMA
   Granite Mountain HMA
NV/non-HMA areas
                                                     NV sub-total
69
140
436
342
154
136
1,277
   
OR/Beaty’s Butte HMA
OR/Pueblo-Lone Mountain HA
OR/South Catlow HA
OR/non-HMA areas
                                                     OR sub-total
377
19
0
4_
400
   
CA/Bitner HMA
CA/Carter Reservoir HMA
CA/Fox Hog HMA 
CA/High Rock Canyon HMA
CA/Massacre Lakes HMA
CA/Nut Mountain HMA
CA/Wall Canyon HMA
CA/New Years Lake HA
CA/non-HMA areas
                                                     CA sub-total
47
6
172
300
148
3
87
100
430
1,293
   
US Fish and Wildlife Service administered area:
USFWS/Sheldon-Hart Mountain
1,247
   
                                                  Inventory total 4,217

This cooperative effort will establish a base line population count and animal distribution in this large area. Past population surveys and gather operations have shown that wild/feral horses may move among a number of HMAs and the Sheldon and Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuges.

This population survey represents a point in time and that because of the free-roaming nature of the animals their movement between HMAs is normal and expected. While the total number of animals is expected to remain stable until next year’s foaling season, the numbers within each HMA will vary over time.

Pre-determined transects spaced 1 ½ miles apart were flown at an altitude of approximately 500 feet above ground level and speeds ranging between 95 and 110 nautical mph. Data collected included the number of horses per group, type of topography, plant cover, activity of the horses, and other parameters that will be used to develop population estimates. All observed horse groups also had their locations recorded via GPS.

BLM and FWS are planning to return to the area later this fall for a second survey that will provide information on the herd movement and how that can affect population counts in the individual areas.

Map of survey area and locations where horses were observed.

The BLM manages more land – more than 245 million acres – than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

–BLM–

Nevada State Office   1340 Financial Blvd., Reno NV 89502

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The Declaration of Independence – From a Wild Horse & Burro Point of View

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on July 4, 2010

How many of those among us have actually read and understood the document now known as the Declaration of Independence? Any of us who have made it through middle school grade levels know what the text of the document is; most of us had to memorize the first few paragraphs for a test grade. But how many of us actually understand the text and words?

I began this post early this morning. Needless to say, I got a little bit sidetracked. However, following the white rabbit down the bunny trail has led me to a new and awe-inspiring understanding of this great document.

I wonder now if Thomas Jefferson knew then while he sat by candle light with a quill and ink pot just how much his humble and yet powerful words on a piece of parchment paper would affect the American people. Certainly, he did not know then what I know now of how it so accurately applies to the plight of the American Wild Mustang and Burro.

It has been said that Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration in a format that was intended to be performed, as in acted out. After coming upon this discovery today, I would have to agree with this wholeheartedly.

I ask that you follow with me on a trip to the imagination: As you listen to the following reading, think of the Colonial Americans… Then think of them as the American Wild Mustang. Don’t stop paying attention once you hear the first few paragraphs that we’ve all heard a million times. The truths come after them.

As I stated, I started this post early this morning in order to pull a few more resources together for a slide show / video showcasing the Equine contributions to the American Military. It is greatly shadowed by the light of the video above but I like it LOL.

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Re-Posting a Message from Willis Lamm, LRTC – A Definite ‘Must Read’

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on May 11, 2010

Tracie,

Feel free to use this if you like.

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In November 2008 I was at a meeting where a rather influential person in the anti-horse camp was lamenting that the horse advocates were making headway because of their use of the internet.  “If something happened, within 24 hours these people will have 5,000 emails and letters sent out to politicians.”  The point of this little speech was that the anti-horse folks had learned their lesson and were going to use the internet for their own advantage.

A few months later I was at a restaurant late at night when things were quiet and amazingly ended up at a table within earshot of some guys planning strategy.  Their conversation caught my attention when I heard the phrase “those horse people.”

To make a long story short the people who want to get rid of wild horses have been getting organized.  They are bringing everyone of common interest into their fold.  They have developed action alert networks so they can also generate an instant flood of emails and letters.  Some of these people have also carefully analyzed our camp and have identified our weaknesses and they are taking advantage of our weaknesses.

We have not been evolving at the same rate as they have and our advantage in this battle is eroding.

One of the most effective tools used by the other side is misdirection.  These people are primarily motivated by profits. Profits (and losses) tend to keep people focused.  The motivation of the wild horse advocacy camp is more esoteric and therefore is more easily manipulated.

The anti-horse camp knows that some in our camp are emotionally reactive and they can and do use that weakness against us.  While we certainly have folks jumping to conclusions on their own, a carefully planted suggestion in the right forum predictably gets some advocates in a fuss over things that often have never happened.  When we have tried to source out false rumors, they typically resolve in Read the rest of this entry »

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Stop BLM Helicopter Roundup of 100 Burros In Arizona

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on May 2, 2010

From the IDA: Stop BLM Helicopter Roundup of 100 Burros In Arizona

(Resource Links Posted at the Bottom) Ok, so usually I don’t do the form-letter-petitions just because I would rather write my own words into what I send out on behalf of our wild equines and wildlife. However, in this case, I have made an exception – sort of. I signed the petition and sent my letter, with a little bit of my own words added in for good measure!

Ok, my words now… Come on guys, seriously? Helicopters for burros? Are you guys really that lazy LOL? This is just ridiculous. Look, burros are difficult. Trust me, I know. But do ya remember the old cartoons where the burro had the carrot tied to the end of a stick dangling in front of him? There’s a reason why those cartoons were even thought of to begin with: it’s because it actually does work. You find what *their* carrot is and you dangle it in front of them until you get them to where you want them to go. I know, I know… You think you’ve tried every carrot that you can think of before and it either hasn’t worked or it takes too long. Tough nuggies! Try again. And again. And again. You keep trying until you get it right. I could tell you what works for me here in my neck-of-the-woods, but that wouldn’t work for you there because your burros are different than my burros. Mine have different wants and needs because of the different soils and forages and nutritions available. Yours are not the same as mine. So figure out what they want and give it to them. Just make it on your terms. “Either do things my way or don’t get the *carrot*.” It just seems like a whole lot of overkill for burros. Well, I’ve said enough for the moment. Hope you guys are all well. As always, stay safe! T. 

This really is ridiculous you know. I mean, it’s not like these little boogers can run as hard and fast as horses even in normal exertion activities. Think about it: have any of you who have ever watched burros for any length of time seen them run across a pasture or a range for any length or distance the way that a horse will? Just for the sheer fun and enjoyment of the act itself? No, they are usually running away from something. Horses will do it to play and have fun, or to compete against each other, or even just to show off. Burros are sitting on the sidelines thinking sarcastically, “Dude, yea, you look great. Woo hoo. Joy. Meanwhile, I’m chilaxin’ over here and I still look cool.”

Burros are not built that way. They don’t have the long, lean, athletic bodies that horses do. They have sustainable bodies. They have bodies that serve their purposes. They are actually hardier and stronger than horses, and tougher to boot. Anyone who’s ever been on the wrong side of a burro’s affections can testify to this. A Read the rest of this entry »

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Weeeeell, Bust My Buttons, That’s a Horse of Different Color!

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on March 24, 2010

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From RGJ.com: 14,800 acres of range goes public, Feb. 25, 2010

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on March 22, 2010

Home Camp Ranch Acquisition by the BLM Key Points

  • Located in the far northwest corner of Washoe County about 170 miles north of Reno.
  • 14,824 acres now managed by the BLM.
  • $5.8 million acquisition funded through sale of federal land in Southern Nevada.
  • Agreement will provide improved public access into the Wall Canyon Wilderness Study Area.
  • Habitat will be provided for Greater sage grouse, Wall Canyon sucker, California big horn sheep and pika, species deemed to be in some level of danger.
  • Critical range for mule deer and pronghorn antelope also will be protected.
  • Second-largest land deal funded through the SNPLMAct and complements the largest acquisition of more than 17,000 acres in and around the Granite Range north of Gerlach. That $6 million deal was closed in 2008.
  • Nevada Land Conservancy nominated the land for public acquisition.

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WH&B Articles from the Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on March 22, 2010

Some of these are repeats, but some are new. Figured I’d put all of ’em here for you guys to check out. Some of these are actually pretty interesting. Give it a shot, you might be surprised.

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BLM Rangeland Inventory, Monitoring, & Evaluation Reports

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on March 21, 2010

Rangeland Inventory, Monitoring, & Evaluation Reports 

Each fiscal year since 1989, the Bureau of Land Management has compiled a national, BLM-wide Rangeland Inventory, Monitoring, and Evaluation Report. This report contains 7 tables and has undergone various modifications through time. Tables 1, 2, and 3 contain results on the BLM’s vegetation inventories and trend. Tables 1 through 3 are presented to satisfy Section 201(a) of The Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) of 1976, as amended, and the Public Rangelands Improvement Act (PRIA) of 1978, both of which affirm Congress’s intent to have BLM prepare and maintain on a continuing basis an inventory of public rangeland conditions and trends. Table 4 reports how livestock grazing allotments are categorized. Tables 5 and 6 report on monitoring activities and plans implemented on allotments. Table 7 reports on results of evaluations of Standards for Rangeland Health.

This report is generated by the BLM National Operations Center in Denver, Colorado.

Contact Mike “Sherm” Karl at sherm_karl@blm.gov or at 303-236-0166 for more detail.

PDF versions of the reports are listed below for Fiscal Years since 1989. Click on the year to download the report.

Current Year (Fiscal Year 2009)

Previous Years
1989 1993 1997 2001 2005
1990 1994 1998 2002 2006
1991 1995 1999 2003 2007
1992 1996 2000 2004 2008

 Content Manager: Sherm Karl, sherm_karl@blm.gov

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Personal Message from T. to all of the TMP Contributors…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on March 20, 2010

For Matt, Sandra, Louie, Suzanne, R. Thompson, Reveil39, Cowgirlfirepony, Lisa, KT, Mar, Makendra, Ginger, Tom and all of you who have been a part of The Mustang Project’s Blog,

or TMP’s Blog for short LOL…

I tell ya… In my opinion – for what it’s worth LOL – I have to say that you all here on TMP’s Blog are just about the smartest bunch of folks I have had the pleasure of “bouncing” with. 

Bouncing is a term used here around my nek-o’-da-woods that we use when we have a brain-storming session or bounce ideas off of each other to find better solutions. It’s even funnier when we get that solution because we tend to bounce like Tigger! 

Seriously, you guys are more than I could have hoped for when I started this whole crazy thing. You think outside of the box; you don’t let your convictions waiver; and you dang well know how to look past the first two lines in a document to find the most important info. And what’s more, you are all bigger and better than to let the concept of playing on your emotions rather than your own intelligence make your decisions for you. 

I am so very proud to be friends and advocates alongside each of you. Lord knows, I couldn’t have done any of this by myself, and I certainly wouldn’t have come into so much knowledge and information as I have since bouncing with you guys. So from the bottom of my litl’ ole pea pickin’ heart and for the horses and burros, much obliged to each of you! 

Matt, the work you do is invaluable. The accuracy and truthfulness with which you conduct your research is priceless, to say the least. Without your efforts, there are so many pieces of information, knowledge, and education that we would not have had so easily. Your ability to convey the bottom line of a subject is simply uncanny sometimes. Thank you graciously for all of your hard work, long nights, and patience! I think above all else, I have to thank you for showing me the “rest of the story” when I first became involved. I have always trusted your guidance, and it has never let me down. Friends like you are hard to find. I’m glad that I have been so fortunate. 

Sandra, girl, I tell ya, the two of us are truly like two peas in a pod! I know they say opposites attract, but in this case, I think two great minds that are alike have come together LOL! You have been a constant companion to me, and better, you have kept me focused when I strayed from my tasks at hand. For this, I simply have no words to thank you. Yes, for once I am speechless! Quick, call the press! You have stayed up on the phone with me to keep me awake while driving and you have laughed at all my stupid Read the rest of this entry »

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Cast your vote in the poll…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on March 11, 2010

Cast your vote and let everyone know your opinion… Click below and vote! 🙂

Do you want the BLM to completely stop all gather operations?”

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