To receive funding, proposals solicited earlier this week for on-range projects must align with one or more the following requirements:
- Achieving and maintaining a thriving natural ecological balance
- Promoting multiple use
- Supporting authorized gathers
- Meeting goals of resource management plans
- Performing conservation actions related to climate change
Nobody in the wild horse world is going to participate in these efforts, except for a few of the ‘advocacy’ groups (see this example).
Proposals would likely come from farm bureaus, stock grower’s associations and public-lands ranchers, who would benefit from the program.
If the goal is to protect wild horses and burros, why not consider these themes?
- Confining ranchers to their own property
- Bringing the grazing fee in line with the cost of long-term holding
- Educating consumers about range-fed beef
- Disclosing the truth about AMLs
- Revealing the long-term effects of fertility control programs
The total program funding is $500,000, ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 per project.