Support for Horse Heaven Wind Farm Falters on Earth Day

A survey by the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce found 78% of respondents saying that the facility is not worth the personal, environmental and economic impacts, according to a report posted today by the FOX affiliate in Yakima, WA.

The applicant, Scout Clean Energy of Boulder, CO, went straight to the state authorities for approval, bypassing county government, fearing the locals do not want the project.

They were right.

RELATED: Another Wind Farm Coming to Horse Heaven Hills?

SJR3 Fails?

The resolution never came up for a vote and has now passed its expiration date, according to a report by The Record-Courier of Gardnerville, NV.

The overview at NELIS says no further action allowed.

The story suggests that representatives of the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses, backers of the April 1 amendment, believe that opposition to the measure implies support for their fertility control programs.

RELATED: Refuting SJR3 or Selling PZP?

BLM Hits Pause on Sterilization Plans for Confusion HMA

Yesterday both sides in the case asked the court to stay a lawsuit regarding the government’s sterilization plans for mares in the Confusion HMA, according to an article by Law Street Media.

If approved, the BLM will have until June 21 to finalize new plans for sterilization that would not include ovariectomy via colpotomy.

Plaintiffs could pursue the lawsuit after that date if they are not satisfied with the government’s new plan.

RELATED: BLM Drops Plan for Sterilization of Confusion Mares?

Beneficiaries of WHB Grants?

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.

RELATED: Funding Available for WHB Protection Projects.

Land Can Only Support 04-21-21

‘Ingenuity’ Shows Off Advanced Darting Technology

Although ‘Perseverance,’ the rover, has demonstrated the advantages of a mobile fertility control platform, the drone has taken the idea to a whole new level.

“This is exactly what we’ve been praying for,” said one of the ranchers who witnessed the flight from a closed-circuit monitor.

“Those horses have been robbing us of our birthright for fifty years,” quipped another, “and it’s time somebody did something about it.”

A spokeswoman for one of the leading advocacy groups, who wished to remain anonymous, described the technology as “a breakthrough.”

RELATED: The Multiple-Use Mission of ‘Perseverance.’

Ingenuity Flies on Mars 04-19-21

Status of Calico Allotments

Table 4 in the Draft EA does not provide allotment sizes and grazing seasons, nor the percentage of each allotment falling inside the Complex, so key management indicators for the five HMAs involved, such as forage allocations and stocking rates, can’t be determined.

That would be a substantive comment on the EA.

What are the management priorities in these HMAs?  Do privately owned livestock receive better treatment than wild horses and burros?

The Proposed Action reads like a pest control program: Roundups, fertility control vaccines, intra-uterine devices, non-reproducing animals (males and females) and sex ratio skewing.

As for the allotments, RAS provides some information.  Four are managed by the Black Rock Field Office and one by the Humboldt River Field Office.

The Allotment Master report for Black Rock shows three in the Improve category and one in the Maintain category, while the report for Humboldt River shows one in the Improve category.

Alder Creek

  • 123,363 public acres
  • Improve category
  • 5,913 active AUMs

Paiute Meadows

  • 168,538 public acres
  • Improve category
  • 3,549 active AUMs

Buffalo Hills

  • 440,982 public acres
  • Improve category
  • 4,114 active AUMs

Soldier Meadows

  • 329,129 public acres
  • Improve category
  • 12,168 active AUMs

Leadville

  • 54,013 public acres
  • Maintain category
  • 1,291 active AUMs

The total grazing area is 1,116,025 acres, with 1,062,012 acres in the Improve category.

That means 95% of the BLM grazing land associated with the Calico Complex does not meet standards for rangeland health.

As of today, there is no category for blaming substandard conditions on wild horses and burros.

RELATED: Comments Invited on Draft EA for Calico Gather Plan.