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Nakota Horses in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park have been basically 'zeroed out' by the United States Parks Service. There was actually a round-up of these horses last year. These horses are the 'forgotten' horses and it is as important to pay attention to them as we do our wild horses and burros. The Nakota Horse Conservancy is doing all they can to conserve what is left of this breed. Sue Pizzini, Frank Kuntz and Castle McCloughlin will be our guests on Howling Ridge Radio. Castle is a former Parks Ranger in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Craig Downer will try to phone in to give us an update on the Calico round-up. If you missed the 'Good Morning America' show about the wild horses, that video can be found here. Of course the BLM got that last word.
The latest info about the BLM:
Other Funding: the National Wild Horse and Burro Program
'Putting the BLM's wild horse and burro program on asustainable track is one of Secretary Salazar's top priorities. Today the BLM finds itself in the position of needing to gather thousands of wild horses from overpopulated herds on Western publicrangelands at a time when public demand for adoptable horses has declined. This has left more than 34,000 wild horses and burros in holdingfacilities that cost approximately $35 million to operate out of a FY 2010wild horse budget of $64 million.
'Taking note of the BLM's holding costs and recognizingthe agency's limited management options concerning unadoptable horses,the Government Accountability Office issued a report in October 2008 thatfound the Bureau to be at a 'critical crossroads.' Inresponse to this situation, Secretary Salazar announced on Oct. 7, 2009, anew plan to put the BLM's wild horse and burro program on a sustainabletrack.
The strategy emphasizes a combination of aggressive fertilitycontrol and the relocation of wild horses to new preserves in the Midwest orEastern portions of the United States as a means to accelerate the attainmentof appropriate management population levels. To advance theSecretary's efforts toward program sustainability, thePresident's FY 2011 BLM budget proposal requests $75.7 million for thewild horse and burro program, a $12 million increase over the FY 2010 levelof $64 million. The budget proposal makes a separate, but relatedland-acquisition funding request of $42.5 million for the purchase of landfor one wild horse preserve.'
Of course, this is unacceptable.
In other news, we now have a new co-host on Howling Ridge Radio! We would like to welcome Karen Kennedy of Bergenfield, New Jersey. Karen is a life long horse lover and has been busy getting up to speed on the BLM horses and burros. She is organizing the kids' letter writing campaign in her County. Karen contacted us about being a volunteer and she has been just great!
We will have updates on the Moratorium, the Herd Adoptions, and the children's letter writing campaigns. If you missed any of this information you can go to the Herd Adoptions page to adopt your herd. We need more people to adopt the herds!! Here is the address to the White House to send your Moratorium letter which is
available at the link above, and also letters for the children's letter writing campaign:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500
This is the street and mailing address for the White House. You can send a letters to the President and his children at this address.
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Until next time, be well,