What do wild horses have in common with pinyon pines and juniper trees?
They rob forage from cattle, sheep and big-game animals on public lands in the western U.S., or crowd it out.
Therefore, they have to go.
Who benefits? Just look at those applauding a new initiative, announced yesterday, that will streamline the review of projects that remove pinyon and juniper trees to allow for sagebrush restoration.
- President of the Mule Deer Foundation
- President of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation
- Director of Communications, Wild Sheep Foundation
- Beaver County Commissioner (and public-lands rancher)
- Executive Director, New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association
The proposal does not include the cutting of old-growth trees, planting of non-native species or application of herbicides, according to the news release.
Photo: Pinyon pines and juniper trees on the Virginia Range, 05-04-19.