Most folks “have a life.” My friday night was spent reading doc’s and searching the web…. hopefully that explains some of the links that were added for my own entertainment.
Someone once said “One door closes, another opens.”
So I have my flashlight out and every mental skeleton key I can grasp.
Y’all do the same. Read everything you can get your hands on. Go to the DOI website and read USGS, BIA, USFWS as well as BLM… Go to USDA…. read, read, read.
Read EA’s. Look at maps. Read geological surveys…. read.
The doors to observe the horses at the Broken Arrow have closed.
Yes, it hurts. But it has created a dialogue, again, about the fact that facilities ARE being contracted as “private” without any consideration to the fact that these are “public” horses.
It reminds us of how many… so many… that have been removed from our sight. But yet BLM continues to funnel tax dollars to a very select few that do have access to your horses.
It speaks directly to the mindset.
Remember that when you put on your “game” glasses. I know you don’t need any more reminders of how screwed up this system is, sorry.
I was sent a link today to a BLM web page with a bit of concern attached to the presentation.
It’s a web page.
That’s all it really is.
If you look at the content, nothing new. It says “updated May 24, 2010.” (I suggest screen grabs to compare with “updates done later” that have figures for years included in this page. It might make someone great fodder for a “Saturday Night Live” script someday. Is that still on?)
If you watch the video and read the page it has NOTHING new.
Same screwed up BLM math.
“herd sizes can double about every four years.”
OK BLM. You say “annual growth rates average 20%” at the meetings. That’s five years… 4 x 20 = 80%, 5 x 20= 100%. A 100% increase is doubling in size. Oh… now it is a 25% increase?
We will not address the gather schedules that have BLM counts that show figures that have herds increasing in numbers that would imply every mare and even the stallions had twins. (That could be a whole blog post in itself…. as well as more late night TV imagery).
But I get ahead of myself…
Let’s deal with the first line…
“The Bureau of Land Management estimates that approximately 38,400 wild horses and burros (about 33,700 horses and 4,700 burros) are roaming on BLM-managed rangelands in 10 Western states based on the latest data available, compiled as of February 28, 2010.”
Game “glasses” on:
“estimates that approximately” and “based on the latest data available.”
This page never qualifies either statement. It never gives you a reference or methodology. That’s because within those two statements are fatal flaws of the system.
Look for things they never explain… only “tell.”
The truth is that the BLM does NOT have a database that uses a single methodology for data collection.
Those systems are all created “in district” based on the way a former guy did stuff. Then you take all this “stuff” that is formulated based on the guesswork of the guy that had the job before, add it to the same “stuff” that comes from the guy in the district you border, and create a management plan based on “stuff,” that isn’t the same “stuff,” that has to fit into the system of “stuff” some other state made to create national policy? You know what you should do with that “stuff?” And if the “stuff” is old and you mix it with new “stuff?”
You want to tell me how many horses are out there and how many the land can sustain based on this …. “Stuff?”
In 2008… yes, 2008, BLM created a document titled “Final Report for the Analysis of Inventory and Monitoring Activities in BLM.”
It is a recommendation that states in part:
“new demands for compliance monitoring to meet the needs of wind farms, solar farms, and oil and gas pads are rapidly increasing to the point that FO’s (Field Offices) are struggling or unable to keep up”
This document includes recommendations such as:
“Consider adopting over the longer term a full cost recovery system for permits and monitoring of permitted activity. Landscape monitoring is what is needed but very often field offices and/or states cannot afford to go to a landscape-based monitoring program. Part of the overall cost recovery scheme could very well have an option to have other parties do the monitoring required during the permitting process.”
Well now slap me in the — and call me Sally.
Did he just write that Field offices can’t keep up with the demands to monitor our public lands because of increased permits? Did he just suggest that one of the ways to handle this issue is to actually have permitees and lease holders actually cover the costs of monitoring our land so they can use it instead of burdening the American tax payer? Did he say maybe get someone else to actually get to the “landscape?”
Damn… he sounds like one of those wild horse advocates.
2008 folks. Recommendations in this report are still not implemented as they continue to round up our horses without accurate data from FO’s that can’t keep up.
And the video on the webpage?
It shows the same two holding “pastures” that the BLM always shows. They leave out the rest.
Wouldn’t you like to have your own private herd of mustangs that only you and your golf buddies could see? Paid for at the tune of $500. per head?
And ADD the numbers in the video folks.
9,660. short term 36,000 long term 12,000 2010 gather schedule
That’s 57,660 horses that you, the tax payer, has no right to see! Sounds like a great strategy to keep up the same old crap and burden a system already in crisis.
If this were a drilling platform it would blow….
Gee… I never got past the first paragraph on that page… too much “stuff.” And it leads down the same old dusty road…
I forgot to add this last night… http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/06/11/28012.htm
Learn what you can about this lawsuit.
Bear with me because I like this song… I’ll give you horse pictures in the morning.