Comments Invited on Southern Nevada Nuisance Gather Plan

BLM announced earlier this week the opening of a 30-day comment period on a draft Environmental Assessment for a ten-year plan to remove wild horses and burros in southern Nevada that feed near highways, creating a public safety hazard, or have strayed from their home range onto to private property.

The six HMAs affected by the proposal are highlighted in the following map.

Southern Nevada Gather Plan EA-1

The roundups will not be used as a means for achieving AMLs, according to the news release.  A similar statement appears on page 11 in the EA.

But they could be carried out on an emergency basis.  The meaning of the term and the rules that would be altered or skipped in those cases were not explained.

The resource assessment, summarized in Table 3-1 of the EA, says livestock grazing does not occur on [public lands] within or near the affected HMAs but does not indicate if it happens on private lands that may abut or lie in close proximity to the HMAs.

Given that wild horses and burros are not privately owned and are not considered to be livestock, do they lose their protected status when they exit federal lands and become subject to state and local laws for domestic livestock?  Probably not.

If Nevada is a fence-out state, should private property impacts be part of the analysis?

In cases where land owners have built fences to keep the horses and burros out, do the requirements of NRS 569.431 apply?

Comments can be submitted at this page.  Public input will be reviewed by BLM staff and responses will be included in the final EA.

What’s Up with Muck Boots?

Today may be Black Friday but watch out if you’re shopping for Muck Boots!  The boots in this photo are the same size, men’s 11 / women’s 12.  The boot on the right, purchased in 2014, is longer and wider than the boot on the left, purchased in 2019.

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The old boots were comfortable, the new ones are too small.  They are great around the barn, especially this time of year, but to say they run small is an understatement.

Remarks on TPC Incident

Launching a distillation column several hundred feet into the air, that is the definition of a bad day in the petrochemical industry.

Many refineries and chemical plants dot the Gulf coast in Texas and Louisiana.

The incident began early Wednesday at the old Neches Butane plant in Port Neches, TX, a facility built by the government during WWII to produce synthetic rubber.

Back in those days it was guarded by machine guns.

No one was killed in the explosions and fires but the plant will be down for many months—if it is not a total loss.

Resolutions for the New Year

Let 2020 be the year you did something for the horses, not to the horses.

1. The United States does not receive fair market value for livestock grazing on public lands.  Raise the fee to $40 per AUM, in line with market rates.  Better yet, raise it to $60 per AUM, to bring it in line with the cost of warehousing wild horses (that were removed from those lands at the behest of the ranchers).

2. Your government gave itself the power to manage HMAs principally for domestic livestock.  Other areas, where horses were found when the WHB Act became law, have been zeroed out altogether, no longer designated for wild horses.  Manage these areas principally for wild horses and burros per the statute.  Balance the needs of WHB with those of wildlife, not domestic livestock, per the statute.

3. Consumers do not know where beef is produced.  Require labels on the product if it is RANGE FED or PRODUCED ON PUBLIC LANDS and let the market sort out the winners and losers.  Cattle raised on private property or at the expense of America’s wild horses and burros.  You decide, not the special interests in Washington.

The PZP zealots and big-name advocacy groups have lost their way.  They are on the same side of the debate as the public-lands ranchers.  Don’t give them a penny.

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High Capacity Adoption Center Coming to Wyoming?

The facility would be located on an 80 acre farm near Burns and could hold 5,000 excess horses, according to a story appearing today in the Pine Bluffs Post.

Residents within a three mile radius must agree with the idea, per current rules, and so far the applicant has failed to win their support.

The facility would fill quickly if the disastrous ‘Path Forward‘ is implemented.