This post is simply to address the number of emails I am receiving in reference to the scheduled flight over the new “megaplex.”
AML: (reference BLM website)
Q – How does BLM determine the appropriate management level of wild horses and burros (WH&B)?
A – BLM determines the appropriate management level of WH&B based on an ongoing program of monitoring over several years involving studies of grazing utilization, trend in range condition, actual use, precipitation (climate) and other factors. In Nevada, appropriate management levels of WH&B are generally determined through the multiple-use decision process. This process begins with an evaluation of range conditions; the evaluation assesses whether or not management and stocking levels for livestock, wild horses and/or burros, and wildlife are achieving rangeland objectives. If rangeland health objectives are not being met, changes in management or stocking levels are proposed. Proposed changes are analyzed in an environmental assessment and a proposed multiple-use decision (PMUD) is issued. Proposed decisions are subject to review and protect by parties affected by the proposal. BLM considers all protests filed and then issues a final multiple-use decision (FMUD). BLM’s final decisions are subject to administrative review (appeal).
OK.. so Algebra class begins here… sorry.
How many variables are noted above?
They list 4 and then say “others.” Without listing each one lets say 8 total. (for the sake of brevity and illustration).
Illustrative breakdown (not actual equation) looks something like this: a- (b +c+d-e-f-g) (+ or – ) h = i (AML)
If ”e ” represents number of horses counted, the proposed fly over represents one variable.
In order to find the value “i” we need the rest.
If lease holders are known, that takes the place of another variable…. etc. down the line.
All variables filled in you have a valid equation.
Here’s the problem:
A valid equation does not represent truth.
Any student of mathematics can tell you that math is simply language. Any student that has had courses in basic principles of logic (actually a math class) and statistics can tell you that neither of these disciplines is about “truth.”
If you are interested here is a “Logic 101″ website
When BLM tells you they are mandated under “multiple use” it is a “truth.” When they apply it to the above equation they have all kinds of ways to manipulate that “truth.”
Each one of the variables of this equation are open to debate as the numbers used are based on protocol already deemed faulty within BLM’s own documents.
Even if (and I most certainly mean IF) the fly over gives an accurate count of horses… that does NOT establish an AML. The number will be used to support an assumption that it is relevant to something already shown to be inaccurate.
Why would the BLM continue to perpetuate an assumption of AML?
We already know that answer and it lies within the multiple use mandate.
I know Conrad Burns pissed us all off with “sale authority” in 2004. But one of the blows to the “death” of Intent of the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro act came in 1976.
(c) The term “multiple use” means the manage
ment of the public lands and their various resource
values so that they are utilized in the combination
that will best meet the present and future needs of
the American people; making the most judicious
use of the land for some or all of these resources
or related services over areas large enough to pro-
vide sufficient latitude for periodic adjustments in
use to conform to changing needs and conditions;
the use of some land for less than all of the
resources; a combination of balanced and diverse
resource uses that takes into account the long-term
needs of future generations for renewable and non-
renewable resources, including, but not limited to,
recreation, range, timber, minerals, watershed,
wildlife and fish, and natural scenic, scientific and
historical values; and harmonious and coordinated
management of the various resources without per
manent impairment of the productivity of the land
and the quality of the environment with considera
tion being given to the relative values of the
resources and not necessarily to the combination
of uses that will give the greatest economic return
or the greatest unit output.
Sec. 202. [43 U.S.C. 1712] (a) The Secretary shall, with
public involvement and consistent with the terms
and conditions of this Act, develop, maintain, and,
when appropriate, revise land use plans which pro-
vide by tracts or areas for the use of the public
lands. Land use plans shall be developed for the
public lands regardless of whether such lands pre
viously have been classified, withdrawn, set aside,
or otherwise designated for one or more uses.
Ahhhh…. the slimy door opens….
This is where special interests justify their exploitation of this intent.
(and the suspicion that legislators and their aides never read passed a first page)
But this second piece does NOT trump the first.
“Multiple use” is by design intended to benefit the interests of the American public.
It is a concept that has been twisted to trump anything that does not represent private profit.
Ecological, historical, etc. fall by the wayside when BLM answers you “we must manage by multiple use.” Even though it again does not represent an entire “truth.”
Read that whole document to understand the complexity.
So that brings us back to AML
AML is said to represent the numbers of animals the land can sustain. But if your land is being parceled off to livestock, energy, whatever, that is run by a private interest that gains private profit… that someone besides you (like your president) determines is in your best interest…. AML is a number based not on how many horses the land can sustain, but how many leases are held in that area.
So who determines what I as an American feel has value?
In 1971 my Congress passed an act overwhelmingly demonstrating the importance of Wild equine herds… didn’t it?
Shouldn’t the value to the public be determined by responsible stewardship?
If a lease fee is less than the cost to evaluate the impact of the lease, then isn’t that a burden to the public not a benefit?
If the mission statement of a new complex is to manage horses integrated into “wild across the landscape,” than shouldn’t AML be determined to reflect that? And NOT to reflect a natural gas pipeline and increase in livestock permits? And NOT based on data the BLm admits is faulted in their own documents.
Congress needs to hear from us… again.
Need to get back in the pick up.
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