Today I announced the dismissal of the lawsuit I filed last fall against the Department of Interior and Sheldon NWR. The dismissal came after conversations with BLM staff and Paul Steblein of Sheldon NWR.
The dialogue about the Tri-state MegaPlex has been confirmed. It will happen.
I have stated before that historically the concept “complex” in BLM speak is simply another tool utilized to reduce AML.
However the possibility actually exists that new concepts for management can extend into the forum for change. In the spirit of supporting the idea that cooperative efforts among government agencies (and the public) can lead to solutions I have dismissed the suit.
We have all been witnessing the actions of the BLM at Calico. We all watched as Cloud’s family was driven into the trap by the helicopter.We all have the BLM clearly under scrutiny.
But I want to take a minute to remember the history of Sheldon.
Remember me? Perhaps just days old and forced to flee from my home in the heat of summer.
Remember Me? I am one of the ones that couldn’t keep up and was left to die.
Sheldon NWR has no infrastructure to handle processing or adoption as these horses come off the range. I have written several papers about it in the past. Here is one. These horses historically have been vulnerable to the slaughter pipeline.
With dialogue on the table, in the works, however it is phrased… toward changing current protocol within the structures that manage wild horse populations I say “it’s about damn time.”
But I don’t want to hear the same old song.
This MegaPlex will happen.
But perhaps it can “really” happen. Perhaps it can create a change in protocol.
Put the damn breaks on. STOP.
Do the appropriate surveys in cooperation with each other.
Watch and track the horses as they move as you would with any wild population.
Then make a plan based on the data gathered over one year.
Create real cores that are balanced eco-systems. Protect them for the vanishing American treasure they truly are. These wild places represent the very soul of what it once meant to “be” American.
Steblein said to me “It’s time to stop pointing fingers and figure out how to solve this.”
I agree with that statement… but I will not forget.
*note: Sheldon is not BLM. They are Department of Interior, but USFWS.