Category: Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management planned the research on the heels of a population estimate that shows about 67,000 wild horses and burros roaming public lands in 10 Western states. The agency said that’s more than double what it considers healthy for the animals and the rangeland.
The wild horse program is through by many to be the worst program in the federal government. Bad for the horses, bad for the range, bad for the taxpayers.
WEA asks the court to direct the BLM to “abandon its current leasing schedule immediately, rescind any guidance documents and instruction memoranda that implement these unlawful practices,
“There’s a certain kind of American people who seem to think the landscape is some kind of game board,” Price said. “When we use public lands for recreation, we’re opening them up to a very destructive group of people who think ‘public’ means ‘party.’ These sites took generations to make, and people can get in there and destroy them in half an hour.”
Last year a group of mostly western senators and members of Congress asked the BLM to outline different scenarios for bringing wild-horse numbers under control. Bluntly, none looks sustainable.
In this case the BLM is to be raising the risk of fire in the Oregon high desert by felling trees without actually clearing them.
Sixty-seven non-military federal agencies spent $1.48 billion on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment.
As written, Planning 2.0 will effectively ignore expert knowledge in both local agency offices – and among local land users.
Waterton Global Mining Company, which is part of a firm headquartered in the Cayman Islands, had not responded to requests for a comment.
The BLM is not providing transparency into their operations, including and with respect to over 1,700 federally-protected wild horses that seem to have been illegally sold for slaughter!