In the original WHB Act, areas identified for wild horses and burros were to be devoted principally but not necessarily exclusively to their welfare, in keeping with the multiple-use management concept for the public lands. Only four of them are.
Today we recognize the efforts of the bureaucrats, who never have to face the voters.
They steadfastly defend and promote the ranching agenda, write their own rules and bring various stakeholders together.
As a result, most of the HMAs are managed primarily for livestock and the former HMAs, demoted to HAs, are managed almost exclusively for livestock.
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