Devil’s Garden Horses Get Short End of Stick

If the management plan is enforced, wild horses will receive 18% of the forage, with the balance going to livestock, according to data in a legal complaint filed in October.  Keep in mind that these are aimed-at values and do not reflect current conditions.Devils_Garden_AUM_Distribution-1

The complaint, which has 25 pages, reveals the mindset of the public-lands ranchers and should be read by anyone interested in wild horse preservation.

RELATED: Devil’s Garden Outplacement Program Up and Running.

Another Unbalanced Report on Silver King Roundup

Refer to this story, posted yesterday by the

“The reduction is needed to maintain wildlife and livestock habitat and reduce wildlife degradation of public lands, according to a BLM advisory.”

The overpopulation narrative prevails: The horses have to go, on lands that belong to them!  Many of the so-called advocates, including the PZP zealots, take this position.

Nobody bothers to look at the data.  If they did, they’d realize that the lion’s share of the forage goes to privately owned cattle and sheep.

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This has to stop.  The WHB Act has been inverted.  Nullification is next.  The BLM and USFS need to come clean with the numbers.  Put them out there for all to see.  Let the people decide which species should be removed from western rangelands.

RELATED: Silver King Roundup In the News, Public-Lands Ranching: How Bad Is It?, Stop the Roundups, Fertility Control is Better!

Why is California Burning?

Basically, because it has a wet season and a dry season, not because of climate change.

The wet season, which begins in October, is marked by storms coming in from the west and northwest.  The hills slowly become a velvety green.

Most of the vegetation dies off in the dry season, which begins in May.  The hills become golden brown, dotted in some areas by Oaks, Redwoods and Pines.

Next, consider the fire triangle.  A fire needs fuel, oxygen and an ignition source.

Oxygen is always available, unless you’re living on Mars.  As for the fuel, see the remarks above about the dry season.  Here is Mt. Poop on 05/26/18, barely visible, surrounded by wild oat in its final days, five to six feet tall (for a recent view of the same area, see this video).

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The wet season ending in 2017 brought twice the normal amount of rain.  There was a population explosion of everything.  Small animals running all over the ranch that had never been seen before (or since).  The ground was pockmarked with their holes.

Vegetation died off, leaving many seeds.

The wet season ending in 2018 accrued much less precipitation than the previous year until March, which saw rain almost every day.

Here is another photo from 05/26/18.  This is the fuel.

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Dead and dying chaparral add to the mix (photo dated 11/24/18).

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Ignition sources include, but are not limited to, lightning, camp fires, power lines, cigarettes, off-road vehicles and trailers with safety chains dragging on the road.

Prompted by fires in 2017, Pacific Gas and Electric Company came up will a brilliant idea: shut off power to those at risk.  Rural customers, on private water systems, would lose their ability to fight fires unless they had backup generators.   (This was not done ahead of the Camp Fire.)

Having spent the summer and fall knocking down dead grass, I can tell you it was very thick and heavy this year.  The effort stalled on 11/22/18, after receiving the first appreciable rainfall of the new wet season.  Photo taken 11/24/18.

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If you move the piles aside, you’ll see new sprouts (photo dated 11/24/18).

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The 2019 wildfire season is now getting started, whether you’re ready for it or not.