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BLM Wild Horse Herd Roundups Go Unchecked and Costly

12 Aug

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The Bureau of Land Management lacks credibility. The fact is the information the Bureau of Land Management (i.e. BLM) distributes to the public, especially about wild horse herd roundups, is predicated upon political agendas as well as the quite apparent public land management’s ideologies induced by political lobby groups. It becomes obvious that the wild horse herds cannot be managed by lobby groups or special interest groups, as the American taxpayer still pays for proper HMA (Horse Management Areas) as well as proper Stewardship of our Public Lands.

This situation simply favors those same small groups, such as corporations, welfare ranchers (i.e. cattle), and foreign owned companies that want to accomplish their business on America’s Public Lands! Ironically, the BLM hardly, if ever, collects even the small amount of fees charged to these corporations or for cattle grazing on public lands (GAO Report 2012 states billions of dollars went uncollected). And yet, these two elements do the most damage to our domestic and public lands environment. America’s taxpayers lose all around, with no return what so ever!

Due to the ongoing abuse of wild horses at BLM roundups, and previous roundups, combined with the amount of millions of dollars of taxpayer money spent on these same horse roundups, this becomes quite a significant problem.

These decisions to complete a wild horse herd roundup are not based from preferred quality data and sound science; neither are the decisions based on wild horse herd safety or health, as the horses as one can easily see, remain extremely healthy year around. No! The fact is the wild horse herd roundups are approved only by misleading and falsified information. Over time we see this as extremely costly to taxpayers and our public lands being ruined. Read onward for further reference.

Cattle and Public Lands Issues

Research study after well documented research study proves beyond a doubt that cattle on public lands has indeed produced negative consequences. Our public lands soil quality, air quality, along with wildlife endangerment, and even species extinction, remains paramount and of concern. This fact is all due to cattle grazing on public lands.

The point is that the general public should be questioning, undeniably, the BLM’s wild horse herd roundups, attrition would take care of the other unethical or criminal behavior. The wild horse herds, in truth and proven through numerous non-political and non-agenda scientific research papers and testimony, remain a non-invasive animal and simply good for the public lands environment.

The BLM’s information and reasoning for wild horse herd roundups, on the other hand, remains unreferenced, opinionated, and no science or research to attest to their opinions. BLM management simply favors more cattle on public lands and will lie, as history demonstrates quite readily, to essentially get their way!

Not so ironic is the fact the only information proven by sound research and data gathering is the fact cattle remain a negative invasive species on America’s public lands, and are essentially ruining the environment of our public lands, both locally and domestically. There exists too many cattle in the United States, and currently a large percent simply being sold on foreign markets — so once again American’s are lied to for corporate profits. There is no need for cattle to graze on pubic lands any longer (see references) and American’s simply are eating much less beef, 12.8% reduction within the last year (i.e. USDA Report and Economic Forecast).

Commercial cattle grazing on public lands indeed “. . . alters vegetation, soils, hydrology, and wildlife species composition and abundance that exacerbate climate change . . .” (see references).

In contrast, it is scientifically shown that wild horses, and even wolves (also falsely presented by both federal and state government agencies alike) can reestablish our public lands to a viable and healthy environment for the public, wildlife, vegetation and the landscape combined.

So upon the examination of references we reiterate the fact that the BLM, and Forestry for that matter, has no well referenced or definable scientific proof for any wild horse herd roundups to take place at all.

This also places into extreme doubt both government agencies Environmental Impact Statements. These statements are a regulatory measure to safeguard our environment from callous management. These government agencies mission as Stewarts of our public lands and environment to safeguard our federal forests and public lands apparently neglected as well. It is unfortunate they do not complete these safeguards as regulated by law.

Consequently, this makes these government agencies guilty of submitting environmental statements that are fraudulent not only in nature, but because it becomes quite costly to taxpayers, a criminal act as well. These same environmental statements are dependent upon true scientific related and well referenced material and information. This information must be reliable and consistent with each region or area of potential wild horse herd roundups versus cattle grazing management.

The problem can become quite costly to taxpayers to finance these, shall we say, inappropriate decisions; as these decisions are based on false information and for welfare ranchers and political lobby groups gathering profit and satisfaction for the corporations or associations hiring them.

Regulations BLM does not achieve

Ignored regulatory measures to prevent environmental damage and wildlife damage to our public lands follows — you decide:

“FLPMA directs the BLM to ‘‘take any action necessary to prevent unnecessary or undue degradation’’ of the public lands. Under NFMA, FS management must provide for
diversity of plant and animal communities based on the suitability and capability of the specific land area. FLMPA also authorizes both agencies to ‘‘cancel, suspend, or modify’’ grazing permits and to determine that ‘‘grazing uses should be discontinued (either temporarily or permanently) on certain lands.’’

FLPMA explicitly recognizes the BLM’s authority (with congressional oversight) to ‘‘totally eliminate’’ grazing from large areas ([405 km2) of public lands.

These authorities are reinforced by law providing that grazing permits are not property rights (Public Lands Council v. Babbitt 2000). While federal agencies have primary authority to manage federal public lands and thus wildlife habitats on these lands, states retain primary management authority over resident wildlife, unless preempted, as by the WFRHBA or ESA (Kleppe v. New Mexico 1976). Under WFRHBA, wild, free-roaming horses and burros (i.e., feral) by law have been declared ‘‘wildlife’’ and an integral part of the natural system of the public lands where they are to be managed in a manner that is designed to achieve and maintain a thriving natural ecological balance.”

So now we understand why the BLM (and the forestry for that matter) do not generate regulatory, and by law, the Environmental Impact Statements within a proper perspective or with any “Truth” within their documents. We now can understand why the lies persist, and the BLM lies to cover the previous lies up!

But there is much more, and the BLM and Forestry, ignore this and create misinformation and even lies to cover these situations up!

“The FS and BLM are directed to maintain and improve the condition of the public rangelands so that they become as productive as feasible for all rangeland values. As defined, ‘‘range condition’’ encompasses factors such as soil quality, forage values, wildlife habitat, watershed and plant communities, and the present state of vegetation of a
range site in relation to the potential plant community for that site (Public Rangelands Improvement Act of 1978). BLM lands and national forests must be managed for
sustained yield of a wide array of multiple uses, values, and ecosystem services, including wildlife and fish, watershed, recreation, timber, and range. Relevant statutes call for management that meets societal needs, without impairing the productivity of the land or the quality of the environment, and which considers the ‘‘relative values’’ of the
various resources, not the combination of uses that will give the greatest economic return or the greatest unit output (Multiple-Use Sustained-Yield Act of 1960; Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 [FLPMA]).”

Conclusion

Historical and on-going cattle usage affects soils, vegetation, wildlife, and water resources on vast expanses of public forests, shrubbery lands, and grasslands across the American West. Horses are blamed for the carnage but that is and remains an unfortunate lie that will become harder and harder for the BLM, and Forestry to show within a truthful or responsible methodology.

Once the public acknowledges these agencies, the BLM or Forestry, are not developing their management plans, or decisions, by the substantial regulatory and legal requirements given them, only then will change take place and under pressure from the public and politicians alike.

It is quite clear that our Stewarts of our Public Lands, these supposed government agencies under regulatory restraint (yet ignore the regulations and laws quite freely) will have to, perhaps within the immediate future, get rid of many employees who are not receptive to regulations and laws; especially those employees in upper management and administrators at the BLM, Forestry, or the Department of the Interior, that choose to accomplish public lands management via political lobby group demands or by political pressure.
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3 responses to “BLM Wild Horse Herd Roundups Go Unchecked and Costly

  1. Barbara Warner

    August 12, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Thank you so much for this important and well researched information. Will share widely.

     
  2. grandmagregg

    August 12, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Thank you and may I add:

    Per the 1971 Congressional Act, the land is to be devoted PRINCIPALLY but not exclusively to the wild horses and wild burros welfare in keeping with the multiple-use management concept of public lands.

    Definition of “principally”: First, highest, foremost in importance, rank, worth or degree, chief, mainly, largely, chiefly, especially, particularly, mostly, primarily, above all, predominantly, in the main, for the most part, first and foremost.

    It is the LAW of the United States of America and any policy or regulation or memorandum of understanding that BLM / USFS / USFW writes or proposes that does not come under the umbrella of the law is illegal.

     
  3. Monika Courtney

    August 12, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Why on earth is Congress not waking up ? This has been going on for decades and the corrupt schemes continue, just hastier than ever. Do we need a revolution ? Are the decision makers and influence all bought out ? What I saw at PVC is hell and would create nightmares to anyone pushing pencils in Washington who has an inkling of integrity or sanity left. I am collecting more DVM recommendations to counter the atrocious opinion of a PhD recruited by BLM claiming these horses “do not need shade”… the suffering is real and the feedlot conditions shocking. This is our tax money, horses crippled from neglect. The statement by Dr. Boyd Spratling last year in Salt Lake City at the Board meeting… that these poor horses “chew each other’s manes” and by Hendrickson that these poor horses “suffer terribly in the drought”… come as close to insult as it gets. The arrogance by those on this biased Board of self-appointed thieves knows no boundaries. Something must give, now. Enough is enough. PVC is living hell, and I know when I see hell. A film crew ought to make a documentary with an unannounced visit. It would resemble an Auschwitz in modern America, just for equines, not humans. I can be found on facebook for photos, and more info. Have a vet who would agree this torture is not acceptable, send him/her my way. Thank you.

     

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