Sunday, August 03, 2014
BLM Cowed into Eliminating Wyoming's Checkerboard Horses
WHO: The Bureau of Land Management
WHAT: hopes to bypass the National Environmental Policy Act to roundup nearly 1,000 wild horses as part of a plan
to eliminate ALL wild horses from two million acres of land
WHEN: August 20, 2014
WHERE: Wyoming Checkerboard lands
WHY: request from Rock Springs
Grazing Association of Wyoming
What are Checkerboard lands?
Though Congress mandated the protection of wild
free-roaming horses and burros “in
the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of
the public land,” BLM declared millions of acres “unsuitable for management."
The largest percentage of these
“unmanageable” lands – 7,522,00 acres according to BLM’s most recent (2011)
statistics – were dubbed checkerboard lands. This meant that private and public
lands shared boundaries that BLM found “infeasible” to manage. (read more here: BLM Myths & Facts)
Checkerboard lands may also include treaty lands which
have not yet been transferred to Native American tribal holdings.
Hope for Wild Horses
Labels: BLM, BLM round ups, Carol Walker, cattle, checkerboard lands, natural resources, public lands, Rock Springs Grazing Association, Wild Horse Freedom Federation, wild horses, Wyoming
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