Just downloading some of the pics and video I’ve taken over the last two weeks.
Sometimes when you see all the pics in one place you see stark contrast… contradiction… beauty…
Don’t get me wrong here… I think a relationship with a wild horse is an amazing thing. Smart, beautiful, spirited companions that teach us so much as they join our personal lives.
But the fight to protect them in their “fair share” as mandated by Congress is a task buried under mountains of diverse methodology and historical prejudice. “Multiple Use” is a standard catch phrase when asked about management in HMA’s. Horses currently occupy aprox. 10% of BLM land. So in a sense simply by mathematics multiple use has been met. Yet in many wild places herds are being brought down as the “multiple use” line is used within that 10%.
So many of those areas are really beginning to look managed for a dominant use, not horses. Many look managed as cattle have become a priority species in wild places. Yet there is another use that is gaining priority status… energy.
I made this slideshow just to get the “yuck” out of my system.
Until a single data collection methodology is utilized on all public land, and decisions made in a truly public process,the “yuck” will return.
But for now I feel like I can finally crawl into bed.