‘Wild Horse Fire Brigade’ Means Victory for Permittees

The proposal has been in the news recently, including a report by ABC15 News, a podcast by NPR, an article by The Hill and a column in the Pagosa Daily Post.

Wild horses would be moved from areas where they’re not wanted (by public-lands ranchers) to remote wilderness areas not particularly suited to livestock grazing.

The plan was developed by a rancher.

How would it be put into practice?

They would be forced from their lawful home by helicopters, crammed into trailers and hauled to places nobody can access, where they would devour forage that propagates wildfires, supposedly.

McKinney Fire 08-08-22

How does that differ from what you see today at Piceance, Triple B and Twin Peaks?

The means by which they’d stop lightning, smokers and arsonists is a detail that hasn’t been worked out.

Boosting their appetite for conifers is another problem but they’re working on it.

Once the horses are gone, the ranchers will be able to enjoy everything their allotments have to offer, a goal they almost achieved in the “fast disappearing” days before the WHB Act.

RELATED: SHOCKER: Rancher Proposes Changes That Benefit Ranchers.

One thought on “‘Wild Horse Fire Brigade’ Means Victory for Permittees

  1. The Fire Brigade is a no brainer…and can be incorporated through Resource Managment PLans.
    It is legal and reasonable for the multiple legal use of millions of acres of public lands that were reserved for the public good.
    In addition to 240 acres under BLM management a plethora of public lands, that include USFS, NPS, Federal Wildlife areas, state and county lands that can be reserved for wild equids as wildlife…millions of acres…under 1976 FLPMA /ACEC, Funding H.R. 2591, amends the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to modernize the funding of wildlife conservation. The process is by amending the flawed RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLANS that only considered the 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act. Subsequent Acts and court findings have expanded the 1971 options.
    https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?req=(title:43%20section:1701%20edition:prelim)#savingsprovision-note

    Click to access FLPMA.pdf

    TITLE I SHORT TITLE, DECLARATION OF POLICY, AND DEFINITIONS SHORT TITLE Sec. 101. [43 U.S.C. 1701 note] This Act may be cited as the “Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976”. DECLARATION OF POLICY
    See Title 1 the national interest will be best realized if the public lands and their resources are PERIODICALLY AND SYSTEMATICALLY INVENTORIED AND THEIR PRESENT AND FUTURE USE IS PROJECTED THROUGH A LAND USE PLANNING PROCESS COORDINATED WITH OTHER FEDERAL AND STATE PLANNING EFFORTS;
    (3) PUBLIC LANDS NOT PREVIOUSLY DESIGNATED FOR ANY SPECIFIC USE AND ALL EXISTING CLASSIFICATIONS OF PUBLIC LANDS THAT WERE EFFECTED BY EXECUTIVE ACTION OR STATUTE BEFORE THE DATE OF ENACTMENT OF THIS ACT BE REVIEWED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT;
    (4) the Congress exercise its constitutional authority to withdraw or otherwise designate or dedicate Federal lands for specified purposes and that Congress delineate the extent to which the Executive may withdraw lands without legislative action;
    (5) IN ADMINISTERING PUBLIC LAND STATUTES AND EXERCISING DISCRETIONARY AUTHORITY GRANTED BY THEM, THE SECRETARY BE REQUIRED TO ESTABLISH COMPREHENSIVE RULES AND REGULATIONS AFTER CONSIDERING THE VIEWS OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC; AND TO STRUCTURE ADJUDICATION PROCEDURES TO ASSURE ADEQUATE THIRD PARTY PARTICIPATION, OBJECTIVE ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW OF INITIAL DECISIONS, AND EXPEDITIOUS DECISION MAKING;
    (6) judicial review of public land adjudication decisions be provided by law;
    (7) GOALS AND OBJECTIVES BE ESTABLISHED BY LAW AS GUIDELINES FOR PUBLIC LAND USE PLANNING, and that management be on the basis of multiple use and sustained yield unless otherwise specified by law;
    (8) the public lands be managed in a manner that will protect the quality of scientific, scenic, historical, ecological, environmental, air and atmospheric, water resource, and archeological values; that, where appropriate, will preserve and protect certain public lands in their natural condition; THAT WILL PROVIDE FOOD AND HABITAT FOR FISH AND WILDLIFE AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS; and that will provide for outdoor recreation and human occupancy and use;
    (9) THE UNITED STATES RECEIVE FAIR MARKET VALUE OF THE USE OF THE PUBLIC LANDS AND THEIR RESOURCES UNLESS OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR BY STATUTE;
    (10) uniform procedures for any disposal of public land, acquisition of non-Federal land for public purposes, and the exchange of such lands be established by statute, requiring each disposal, acquisition, and exchange to be consistent with the prescribed mission of the department or agency involved, and reserving to the Congress review of disposals in excess of a specified acreage
    (11) REGULATIONS AND PLANS FOR THE PROTECTION OF PUBLIC LAND AREAS OF CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN BE PROMPTLY DEVELOPED;
    Repectfully submitted
    Kathleen Hayden
    https://www.academia.edu/38486958/Wild_Horses_are_Cultural_Resources_Cambridge_Press

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