The preliminary agenda appearing in today’s announcement indicates that Day 1 will be devoted to an educational tour of an unnamed HMA in Nevada.
The event will be open to the public.
A good candidate would be the Pine Nut Mountains southeast of Carson City, an hour to the south, where advocates affiliated with the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses are poisoning the mares with a restricted-use pesticide.
The Virginia Range, where CAAWH operates its flagship darting program, is closer to Reno but most of the land is privately owned and the Nevada Department of Agriculture is responsible for the horses.
On the bright side, the Pine Nut Mountains may offer an opportunity for Board members to observe local volunteers applying an EPA-registered pesticide
- Without a formal delegation of authority from the federal government
- While not wearing the proper PPE
- For a purpose not covered by its registration
Curiously, Day 2 begins with a closed session on ethics, which should include conflicts of interest.
A notable case is that of Tammy Pearson, a Board member and public-lands rancher whose personal fortunes are tied, inversely, to the presence of wild horses in Utah.
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