BLM Releases Analysis of Proposed Wild Horse Ecosanctuary in Montana

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It looks like more land is being looked at for a sanctuary for older gelded wild horses by the BLM. Tourism and educational tours will be allowed on the land to help cover costs. If only the BLM could look for a way so that larger family groups of wild horses could exist together. This fragmenting of herds will only destroy what is a national treasure – America’s wild horses. Be sure to click through to the article to find out where to comment to the BLM before any decisions are made. ~ HfH

From: The Horse

wywildhorsesThe Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Missoula, Montana, Field Office is beginning a public comment period on an environmental assessment which analyzes a proposed wild horse ecosanctuary.

The nonprofit Rural Sustainability Organization (RSO) submitted an application to the BLM to establish an ecosanctuary on approximately 15,000 acres of land in western Montana secured by RSO through contracts and leases with local landowners. The RSO application lands are located in three separate units varying from two to eight miles from the town of Drummond.

“The Missoula Field Office is excited about the prospect of working with RSO to provide a humane, high-quality life for excess horses from the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro program,” said Tim La Marr, acting field manager of the Missoula Field Office.

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AUTHOR: Posted by Habitat for Horses Calaway
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  • Betty Beolowski

    I was disappointed to see only a handful of people at the meeting.
    The EA report is available on http://blm.gov/pyld
    The RSO is a 501(c)3 which initially proposed this program for 325 horses. After a study of issues and concerns was done, an alternative plan (Alternative B) recommendation is for 97 horses. The horses will be taken from long term holding facilities (not off HMAs). They will be geldings. The proposal is for 15,335 acres, but broken into 3 different parcels: 5061, 5743, 4531 acres. There will be no cattle with the horses. The fencing will allow other wildlife to co-mingle with the horses.
    If an agreement is reached, the purpose for the ecosanctuary will be education. Any revenue will go back into the 501(c)3 program.
    Another alternative – Alternative C – is that no agreement is reached between the RSO and the BLM. Your written comments can be mailed, hand-delivered, or emailed, but do it by July 22. A decision will be made in early-to-mid August.
    Strongly suggest you read the EA.
    Meetings aren’t convenient, but if you’re dedicated, you need to come. Again, it was disheartening to see such a small attendance. Can’t save horses if you’re sitting at home.

    July 2, 2014