Work to do…

So much work to do.

Observation?

The Contempt case filed in reference to the events that occured at Owyhee is still sitting on the Judges desk awaiting a response from the BLM. But I’m not sitting still. Even more information is coming to light and it is being readied for presentation.

But the case still needs support and the attorney is still spending “billable hours.”

 The place to help continue that effort is www.grassrootshorse.com

Herd Watch will have it’s own website very shortly. This should streamline the process of updating everyone and create a portal to become involved and get signed up with a Team for training and assignments. (Yes… I have actually found the time to get much of that material typed!)

If you support Herd Watch please make sure you type in Herd Watch. I have been told that the button takes you to a general donation page for Cloud. http://thecloudfoundation.org/index.php/news-events-a-media/news/wild-horse-issues/342-herdwatch

Best Friends

General and the Boyz are in the care of Return to Freedom and we should have an update from them soon. http://www.ReturnToFreedom.org

Calico Mares updates will come through Elyse Gardner and Dream Catchers (her project) and from what I understand there is a new baby in that group.

Me….? I’m researching and putting thousands more miles under me. Working on many fronts…

Yes, the last two months have been hectic but productive. The effects of the concussion are finally wearing off…. but I still have a lump on my face that may never go away. At least it’s not another big scar.

Say a prayer that the Judge will actually allow this case to hit the coutroom.

The time is way overdue for a forum for accountability.

Hang on… if you thought the ride got bumpy this last week, just wait… buckle up!

Don't forget Hope...

Hang in there…

Hang in there…

I’m trying my best to deal with the convoluted path we all know so well when dealing with this agency known as the Bureau of Land Management.

We all know too well the lack of avenues that are clear to hold this system to any standard of accountability for their actions. But I’m trying…

You are all ammazing. Please know that I recognize each effort. There are people that have sent GrassRootsHorse $3.00 donations… because that’s all they had… to help me bring this forward. This really is about how much the American people love these horses and are willing to devote “all they have” to see that the intent of ’71 Legislation is not subverted because of some “highest bidder” thought process present in today’s government.

This country was based on principles to safeguard right of “the people,” not just the “rich” people.

As we fight for the voiceless, our amazing wild horses that stand as a symbol of that bravery and freedom, we create our own voice.

Please keep calling the White House hotline:

202-456-1111

Call your Senators and Congressional representatives. Call the media… talk to people and tell them what is happening to Our public land.

Herd Watch needs help:

http://www.thecloudfoundation.org

HerdWatch@thecloudfoundation.org

GrassRootsHorse

http://www.grassrootshorse.com

The adoption event now has a coordinator to deal with the extra hoops we need to jump. She is dealng with those issues and we will have info later tonight.

Hang on….

Hang on…

and a prayer can’t hurt.

Herd Watch questions

I have been receiving questions regarding the Herd Watch project.

Many of them are duplicate questions so I am going to combine them and respond in this post. I hope it helps.

I am currently in the field and creating necessary documents for this project.

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If one volunteers, how much time would be involved?

We send out an application where volunteers list skill sets.

Information provided to us in the applications will be verified.

Volunteers can let us know how much time they can give to the project (assignments have differing levels of involvement).

This gives us the info we need for appropriate placement.

How will areas be chosen?

Areas are given priority based on current policy.

All areas will be included within the data base that contain (or have contained) equid populations.

The word “area” implies BLM. Just a reminder, herds exist in many jurisdictions.

How often would a person go to the herd area?

It depends on each Team and need.

Many areas have larger teams so visits can be divided up among members.

Are permits needed, if so who secures them?

Permits are usually only required on public land when individuals decide to camp there.

If individuals decide they want to spend more than a day on public land they will have been provided with all the contact info ahead of time (as well as notified the Team leader of their plans to stay).

If the individual is collecting data at a holding facility (for example) that requires an appointment, it is the responsibility of the volunteer to make the appointment as a private citizen.

Herd watch is a volunteer effort where individuals participate by providing information they gain as individual citizens through observation.

This is NOT a protest.

What kind of training will be provided?

It depends on the duty requirement.

Data entry and file management are a large part of this project.

Manuals and conference calls (or on site if required) will be provided as needed for each specific task.

Will “pro’s” be included to gain credibility with the BLM?

Horses and burros don’t only exist on BLM land.

The integrity of the database is not limited to gaining credibility with a single branch of the Department of Interior.

The integrity of the database is the first concern of Herd Watch. All protocol is designed with this in mind.

Can my teenagers participate?

There will be many opportunities geared specifically for teens and projects for younger children. Those opportunities currently do not include collecting field data.

If you want your teen to accompany you as you collect data you will be required to fill out the same contract of conduct and liability forms you fill out for yourself. As a parent you are responsible for the conduct of yourself and your children in any effort you participate in. Most volunteer opportunities, including those at your local animal shelter, have the same requirements as Herd Watch.

You may be advised that a specific assignment is not appropriate for teens.

Will the database be available for public use?

The database will contain information that will be made available to the public through a website that is under construction.

The website will contain general information as well as any areas that require public response. The database will host an archived section of historical data and a synopsis of current information.

The database itself will be made available for research specific projects (education) that may require data review through a case by case application.

In college I assisted a biology teacher in a research project. Is that what this will be like?

In many respects that is exactly what this project will resemble.

A Team Leader that has a background in the discipline required to complete the specifications of each project will be assigned. Each participant will operate much like an “intern.”

If I can’t participate but want to support the project through a donation can I send you money or equipment?

The only place to donate for Herd Watch is through the Cloud Foundation website. HERE.

If you would like to donate computers, cameras, gas cards, gift cards, vehicles, etc. please call Makendra at The Cloud Foundation, 719-633-3842 to make specific arrangements.

Read About Herd Watch and it’s mission at The Cloud Foundation.

I thank you all for the interest in this project.

Herd Watch is official!

I have been getting things organized and am back on the road so be patient with me …

Herd Watch is now “official.”

Here is the press release from The Cloud Foundation.

If you have already volunteered shoot me a quick e-mail at:

CalicoHorses@gmail.com

and let me know who you sent yor inquiry to and if you have recieved an application.

You will be receiving volunteer forms and assignment info soon!

For Immediate Release

The Cloud Foundation Takes Action with Herd-Watch: Public Eyes for Public Horses

47% of wild horse and burro herds have been zeroed out by BLM since 1971

Colorado Springs, CO (April 29, 2010)—Today the Cloud Foundation launches Herd-Watch, an innovative volunteer program to monitor wild horse and burro herds as well as roundups across the West. The iconic horses and burros are currently being managed to virtual extinction, contrary to the. From this day on, Herd-Watch will: watchdog America’s wild horses and burros, provide increased public visibility, monitor the range conditions and the mustang, burro and livestock numbers as well as keep tabs on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) plans for “management” of each treasured American Herd.
“The more the public knows about our wild herds, the more deeply they will care about their preservation. Through Herd-Watch we will educate and inform the public while protecting an American treasure,” explains Project Manager Laura Leigh of Nevada. “Herd-Watch is an exciting and interactive new development facilitating improved protections for our wild herds and, we hope, an improved dialogue with both the BLM and Forest Service.”
A central database will keep tabs on each of America’s remaining 180 herds on public lands in ten Western States and their ranges. According to BLM, in 1971 339 wild herds were designated for protection. Since then the BLM and Forest Service have zeroed out 159 herds, including 12 in Nevada just last year. Volunteer teams will log and catalog data, photos and information following their visits to the range. The Cloud Foundation hopes that BLM and Forest Service officials will welcome the increased interest and monitoring of wild herds at no cost to taxpayers.
Interested members of the public are encouraged to visit www.thecloudfoundation.org to volunteer, donate and learn more.
“Herd-Watch will remove our wild herds from the ranks of the anonymous. Through the work of dedicated volunteers, the public will learn about each amazing herd of wild horses and burros and what can be done to preserve them for all time, as the Wild Horse and Burro Act intended,” states Ginger Kathrens, Cloud Foundation Executive Director and Emmy award-winning producer whose Cloud documentaries have educated a world public about the rich lives of wild horses.