Fun with Resource Allocations

What can you conclude about the Warm Springs HMA in Oregon based on these data?

Warm Springs AUM Summary-1

1. The AML is 202.  It is small relative to the available resources.

2. Livestock receive eight times more forage than the horses.

3. The HMA is managed principally for livestock.

4. The horses receive 11% of the authorized forage, neglecting wildlife.

5. The number of horses displaced from the HMA by privately owned livestock is 1,616.

6. The True AML is 1,818.

7. If the current population was at 5X AML, the number of excess horses would be zero.

8. The HMA is not overpopulated.

9. There is no justification for a roundup or fertility control program.

10. The number of horses displaced from the HMA by permitted grazing is about 3% of those in off-range holding.

11. All of the animals in off-range holding could be returned to the range by ending public-lands ranching in 35 other such HMAs.

12. The advocates understand all of this and would be happy to explain it to you.

OK, eleven out of twelve is not bad.

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