Ginger Kathrens Nominated to National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

images-3(WASHINGTON, DC) – Ginger Kathrens, Founder and Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation (TCF) was nominated to the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board position of Public Interest (Equine Behavior) by Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), with recommendations from Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Jim Moran (D-VA) and Eric Cantor (R-VA). The uncompensated board provides advice to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) concerning the management, protection and control of wild free roaming horses and burros on public lands.
In her letter nominating Kathrens, Congresswoman Grisham said, “Ms. Kathrens understands the complexities of the issues surrounding wild horses. I have seen her continuously maintain the highest level of integrity, exercising sound judgment and developing creative solutions to problems that arise in this challenging area. Her efforts to educate the public and foster strong relationships among all stakeholders have established her as a leader in this field. She is known for her calm demeanor and balanced approach to complex issues, making her an ideal fit for this appointment.”

Congressman Grijalva stated, “Ms. Kathrens has the experience and background to help make policy changes a reality. Her addition to the board will provide an important and experienced voice.” Congressman Moran commented, “Ms Kathrens is one of the most highly qualified persons in the country to hold this position.” He went on to say, “Kathrens has a proven track record of offering positive and constructive feedback to the Bureau of Land Management…”

An Emmy Award-winning producer, cinematographer, writer and editor as well as award winning author, Kathrens’ resume includes nearly 20 years of documenting wild horses in the Pryor Mountains of Montana, and creation of The Cloud Series, for PBS’s “Nature” series. The first Cloud program was voted the most popular in the program’s 25 year history. Kathrens has a life-long fascination with wild animals and a sound foundation in agriculture and the challenges of making a living raising cattle. These are qualities and sensibilities that allow her to understand the challenges the BLM faces in managing public lands and their multiple use mandate. She is also an adopter and trainer of wild mustangs, and, through TCF, has rescued many Pryor mustangs and helped in finding them good homes. Ginger is currently helping publicize the auction of The Badlands Horses scheduled for round up in September in Teddy Roosevelt National Park to insure that those historical horses do not end up in slaughter houses. CONTINUED .. read the rest of the article at KCSG News

AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • Robynne Catheron

    I have equal respect and admiration for Ginger and R.T., and truly believe that both would contribute a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the advisory board. It’s going to be quite interesting to see this pan out, for a couple of reasons. First, isn’t the BLM notorious for appointing pro-cattle and anti-horse people to this position, even though it’s specifically for a pro-horse person? I don’t see them appointing anyone who has an iota of compassion for wild horses and burros. Second, what will prevent the BLM from simply ignoring a pro-horse member, especially one as knowledgeable as Ginger or R.T.? There’s not a doubt in my mind that whoever is appointed to this position will provide smart, timely, and fiscally sound recommendations, and their input will be dismissed because it doesn’t fit the evil agenda of the BLM. Please tell me I’m wrong, because either candidate would be a dream come true.

    August 21, 2013
  • Jade Hawks

    Well, my first response to this information was WOOHOO!!! Having followed Ginger since I watched the PBS special on her and Cloud’s herd, plus having the privilege of meeting her through the work, protests, etc. I’ve been involved in over the last 4+ years, I would put my money on her in anything she stepped up to accomplish! She has an amazingly calm presence in everything she does. I am proud, and consider myself blessed to know her.

    So as you requested, Robynne, I am telling you that you ARE wrong in your description of what Ginder Kathrens can/will accomplish! Blessed Be!

    August 21, 2013
    • Robynne Catheron

      Then I’m going to WOOHOO with you! I’ve also been a fan of Ginger’s since the first “Cloud” film, and your description of her is exactly as I would hope. Someday I hope I’m fortunate enough to meet her. Thank you, Jade, for the reassurance.

      I pray whoever is selected will be the catalyst for positive change so desperately needed by our wild ones.

      August 21, 2013