Public Lands at Risk Because of America’s Wild Horses?

That’s what Ethan Lane, executive director of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council, told a Senate Subcommittee on 07/16/19.  Refer to this story in the Natural Resource Report.

He said public lands in the western U.S. can only support 26,000 wild horses and burros, compared to the current population of 88,000 animals.

If that’s true, how do you explain the millions of privately owned cattle and sheep on those same lands?

There is no wild horse population crisis on western rangelands, only deceit and greed of the public-lands ranchers, their cheerleaders and political allies.

RELATED: Executive Summary of Senate Hearing on WHB Program.

Does the Livestock Grazing Fee Reflect Market Conditions?

If $1.35 per AUM (4.5¢ per day) is a fair price to charge the public-lands ranchers, why is the BLM paying $60 per AUM ($2 per day) for horses in long-term holding?

Probably because $60 represents the market rate, which means the ranchers are getting a sweetheart deal.  That needs to change because many of those horses were forced off the range to pacify the ranchers.

Given that roughly nine million AUMs are sold to the ranchers annually, the additional revenue—at a fee of $60 per AUM—would amount to $528 million per year, a nice offset to the costs of the WHB program.

RELATED: 2019 Grazing Fee Announced.

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Executive Summary of Senate Hearing on WHB Program

Several Palestinian delegates were invited to speak before the Subcommittee about the future of the Jewish state.  They recommended the following actions:

  1. Get the occupiers off the disputed territory.
  2. Give their land to us.
  3. Declare the Resolution of 1971 null and void.

Jewish delegates were excluded from the hearing.  Rebuttals were not allowed and policies that benefit the Palestinians were not discussed.

Where’s the thriving ecological balance and multiple-use relationship?

How many senators will fall on their swords to advance the Palestinian cause?

A better option from a political viewpoint—one that may win more voter support—is to put the Palestinians out of business: End public-lands ranching.

RELATED: Senate Hearing Today on Future of WHB Program.

Senate Hearing Today on Future of WHB Program

The Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining will meet at 2:30 PM EDT to consider options for long-term management of wild horses and burros on public lands in the western U.S.

Proceedings will be livestreamed on the committee’s web site, starting at approximately 2:15 PM, according to the announcement.

The witness list suggests that testimony will be heard mostly from representatives of the public-lands ranchers and individuals with sympathies thereto.

A fine example of government catering to a special interest against the wishes of the American people.

UPDATE: The archived webcast can be found on this page, hearing begins at 17:25.

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WHBAB Day 3: Unbridgeable Gulf

The meeting concluded today.  In a nutshell, the task before the Board was to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict by only sanctioning the Israelis.

Public comments were heard after lunch.  Notably absent were representatives of oil, mining and timber companies.

  • There were no hikers or campers complaining about wild stallions coming into their camps to steal mares
  • There were were no roughnecks or pipefitters demanding that wild horse numbers be reduced to AML immediately
  • There were no backhoe operators and truck drivers suggesting that ovaries be ripped out of mares to control herd size
  • There were no riggers and loggers pushing for alternatives to nonlethal methods if population control is not achieved in a reasonable timeframe

But shills for the public-lands ranchers did all of those things.

Where’s the common ground, the two-state solution?

There isn’t any.

RELATED: WHBAB Day 2: Faulty Premise.

WHBAB Day 2: Faulty Premise

Much of the discussion today focused on getting wild horses and burros off western rangelands and what to do with them once they’re gone: Achieving AML, adoptions, sales, off-range holding, training, partnerships, volunteering.

Nobody wanted to talk about the driver of these things, namely, public-lands ranching, as if it was a given, self evident, unchanging.

Figures were presented on the land available to wild horses and burros and the number of them that it can support, but nobody could provide the number of AUMs allocated to domestic livestock on those same lands.

You can’t have a conversation about wild horses and burros on public lands without having a conversation about privately owned cattle and sheep.

This is the problem with the WHB program: Too many administrators have bought into the overpopulation narrative, not because it’s true but because they believe land set aside for horses and burros should be managed primarily for cattle and sheep.

RELATED: WHBAB Meeting Starts Today.

UPDATE: This syndicated report by AP News shows what’s being fed to the public.

Another Quake Hits Ridgecrest

News outlets are reporting a magnitude 7.1 earthquake—about five times stronger than the one that occurred yesterday—near Ridgecrest, CA, location of BLM’s Regional Wild Horse and Burro Corrals.

Earthquake scales are logarithmic.  Magnitude 7 is ten times stronger than magnitude 6 and 100 times stronger than magnitude 5.  The earthquake of July 4th had a magnitude of 6.4 (scale unknown) and the one on July 5th was reported as 7.1.  To compute the strength ratio, take the difference in magnitude and use it as an exponent of ten:

10 ^ (7.1 – 6.4) = 5.0

Note that the ‘strength’ of an earthquake depends on the method of measurement.

Same for any other physical quantity, such as global temperature, or the number of wild horses in the Twin Peaks HMA.

This is very important if you have an agenda: Change the method, get a new number.

RELATED: Earthquake Near WHB Corrals?