Dusty trail down dead end AML

Again… I feel the need to remind readership that this is a BLOG. A blog is defined as an “online diary.” It is not the same venue as an online newspaper.

Before you read the BLM explanation of an HMA in the Mojave Desert area unable to sustain more than 3 horses as an AML read this:

The plant would generate electricity using heat generated by the sun’s rays. BrightSource plans to erect thousands of “heliostats” on three solar fields. Each heliostat will have two mirrors that track the sun, and reflect it onto a boiler filled with water atop a tower. The boiler will produce steam for a turbine. The company says the mirrors will capture a greater percentage of solar energy than other solar thermal technologies.


or this:




BLM Nevada News


Tonopah Wild Horse Gather Preliminary Environmental Assessment Available for Public Comment

Tonopah, Nev. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Battle Mountain District’s Tonopah Field Office is proposing to remove about 182 excess wild horses and burros from within and outside of the boundaries of the Paymaster and Montezuma Herd Management Areas (HMAs) to establish the appropriate management level (AML) in the HMA to 27 wild horses and 10 burros.

The Montezuma Peak HMA is located west of the town of Goldfield and 26 miles south of Tonopah in Esmeralda County, Nevada. The Paymaster HMA is located less than five miles north of the Montezuma Peak HMA and 7 miles west of Tonopah.

The proposal and associated impacts are described and analyzed in the Paymaster and Montezuma HMA Wild Horse Gather Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA).

The BLM would appreciate receiving substantive comments on the EA by July 15, 2010.

Comments received during the public review period will be analyzed and considered as part of the decision-making process.

The EA may be viewed at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/battle_mountain_field.html.

Submit written comments to Thomas J. Seley, Tonopah Field Manager, Tonopah Field Office, P.O. Box 911 (1553 S. Main St.), Tonopah, NV 89049.

Comments also may be via e-mail to montezuma_gather@blm.gov. In order to be considered, all comments must be received by mail or e-mail at the above addresses.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available.

The gather is needed to achieve the AML in the Paymaster and Montezuma HMAs and achieve a thriving natural ecological balance for the remaining wild horse and burro population, wildlife, livestock and vegetation. The BLM issued Final Multiple Use Decisions (FMUDs) between 2001 and 2007 for the allotments within the HMAs, which established an AML of 38 wild horses for the Paymaster HMA and 3 horses and 10 burros for the Montezuma Peak HMA.

These HMAs are very arid, located at the northern edge of the Mojave Desert and do not provide suitable habitat for large numbers of wild horses and burros. The areas have a history of poor animal health and emergency gathers due to lack of adequate forage and water, particularly during drought years.

It is estimated that approximately 45 wild horses would be gathered and removed from outside of the Paymaster HMA and inside if needed to leave a post gather population of 23 wild horses.

Approximately 61 wild burros and 78 wild horses would be gathered and removed from within and outside of the Montezuma Peak HMA to leave a post gather population of  3 wild horses and 10 wild burros.


So I am expected to believe that 3 horses (or 23 horses) represents a population protected? I am expected to believe that the Mojave desert can support heliostat projects but can’t have more than 26 horses?

So do you want to tell me exactly how you derive AML? Exactly what management means on MY land? Do you want to tell me whose pocket the money goes into? Do you want to attempt to actually TRY to manage in a way that allows enough resource for all uses? Or do you just want to keep lying to me and then saying it is for my own good?

YES… there may not be enough water for much in that desert… but I guess a 1.4 billion dollar boost can explain a lot.

Not very far from there stimulus funds were going to be used to create an organized crime museum….

“Stimulus” money… I guess today is not the day to get me started on that one.

Any of you watch the program “Are you smarter than a fifth grader?”

And if you haven’t read Debbie Coffey’s article yet… PLEASE READ IT.

Water is more precious than gold.

I have a lot to do and will write more soon……. I like this song.


47 thoughts on “Dusty trail down dead end AML

  1. sandra longley says:

    If you can find the additional water for solar water towers to run off of..then find the water for the WH&B on their HMAs. Use some of your New income to have water hauled in if necessary.adding a “new” multiple use should not mean excluding the current users..We must find out if there are allotments in this area..I have been through Goldfield and remember that bend in the road

    • Linda says:

      Some climatologists are concerned these vast solar arrays will set up something like an urban heat island (one of my “soapbox” issues). The mirrors may catch the solar energy, but they’re also are “heat sinks”, as are the boilers.

      Upwelling heat day AND night changes weather patterns, and can really disrupt the water cycle. Also keeps the surrounding area warmer than it should be at night, especially in arid climates.

      If people think they’re in the desert now, I say, “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet!” (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)

  2. sandra longley says:

    BoB Segars greatest hits..great road music..and will keep you inspired!

  3. Multiple use?? Minimal wild horses and none before long if BLM pulls off this season of roundups. Non reproducing or not sustainable is the goal. Nevada goes down the road with gold and solar among others. This is the way they are doing it through the eradication of wild herds. Land reassigned and forever gone from the wild ones’ lives. If it goes it doesn’t come back. mar

  4. sandra longley says:

    Segers,” like a rock” when you need to remind yourself why you are there and that you are strong enough to do it again,Turn the page” one of those miles down the highway songs..and then my favorite..”roll me away” many is the time I have sat on the great divide deciding whether to go east or west-sick of whats wrong and whats right.

    • sandra longley says:

      Love CCR too..Try Don Henleys “the last resort”..how we have managed to destroy every beautiful and pristine place we can find..Henley has a great affinity for the land, history and what we are losing..he is spearheading the effort to save waldens Pond from development..It is a lonley life on the road full of adventures good and bad..But never underestimate the power of ‘doing what is right”..when you look back on your life-it is what you will value most..

  5. Laura Leigh says:

    Somedays you just need music….

  6. Amid all this deja’ vu i think some of us know what it is like to be “Running on Empty” the way Jackson Brown said it… mar

      • sandra longley says:

        I would have loved to see that concert! Saw jackson Browne last year at the Maryhill winery on the columbia Gorge..packed house, would love to see these two with the eagles and Segar with some Willie Nelson thrown in..think we could get them to do a herd watch benifit??that would just about empty my bucket list…I added..”save a wild horse by getting thrown into jail to my list..”

      • I didn’t know about this! Yes! mar

    • Linda says:

      Yep, born the same year as JB, so all those years and ages have special meaning for me. Can you believe I was once a hippie wild child? Sometimes I think I still am!

      • sandra longley says:

        Its like riding a bike, or getting back in the saddle..the best of times…and the best of times..LOL…maybe if we had the internet we wouldn’t have taken to the streets..

        • Linda says:

          “Takin’ It to the Streets” – Doobie Brothers – YES!!!

          • sandra longley says:

            We are on a roll now..all of the old relevent protester songs are coming back..The Eve of Destruction was the first one I remember..but was still too young to get the full impact..I was too young for woodstock but old enough to want to go…

    • sandra longley says:

      For you two gals the needle is really ON empty..

    • I love that one too! It’s good to find something I like…

      I got a letter from wildhorse@blm.gov n reply to a comment I put in on those misbegotten online forms that are still up. She said:
      Dear Ms. Moore. I’m sorry that you are under the impression your comments were not heard. The comment period does not close until August 3, 2010; therefore, we are still receiving comments from the general public. The BLM staff and it’s leadership have tremendous heart and willingness to work with the public in good faith. We are not absent of emotion. Many times the public does not realize, or accept, that the law we are tasked with enforcing is very complicated. I have attached a link to the 2008 GAO Report. You might find it informative: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d0977.pdf

      Debbie Collins
      BLM National WH&B Team

      Are you believing this? I’ve had a copy of that for a year I’ll bet. I’m working on an appropriate response. I think I’ll send her the latest Tom Gorey interview on Horseback Magazine this morning.

      I guess I should be a tiny bit nice to her since this is the only reply I’ve gotten from the emails I sent to all of ’em last week.

      I have read Debbie Coffey’s article. I think I’ll send that link along too. I’ve been hearing for years that the next war will be over water. I think it’s started.

  7. Linda says:

    Okay, memory lane was fun, and we sure do need a break from the tension, but 3 HORSES??? Only three for company? I’d go pick them up myself if I had a way to do it and could locate them. Then find them a good home where they could run free with a herd. This is management??? THIS IS MADNESS!!!

  8. sandra longley says:

    I really think “Down a dusty trail to a dead end AML” has the makins of a theme song-throw in a dog and a truck and your on your way to a hit…

    • Standing on a corner in Winslow Arizona
      I am such a fine sight to see

      It’s a boy my lord
      in a flatbed Ford
      Slowing down to take a look at me!

      Come on baby,
      Don’t say maybe

      Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy…
      You may lose or you may win
      But you will never be here again

      Open up by climbing in,
      Take it Easy!!

  9. sandra longley says:

    I actually lost an engine in my dually in winslow arizona had a load of horses in the trailer headed for OKL..spent 2 days in Winslow waiting on the new engine to be put in..Nice folks in that town everyone chipped in and worked around the clock to get me on my way..spent 2 days singing that song to keep my spirits up..

    • Bet I passed you somewhere on the road back then… mar

      • sandra longley says:

        LOL I bet you did, I was a road warrior..got tired of the main highway and started taking some of those dusty trails Laura has been having so much fun on…not with the horse trailer on..needless to say tho..I skirted winslow after that…kinda Bermuda Triagle thing…

  10. savewildhorses says:

    Just saw a movie today (Grown UPs) and had Bob Seger on the soundtrack and was thinking when I get home I have to listen to some of that and voila, look at your blog!

    Here’s my contribution and keep up the good fight.

  11. savewildhorses says:

    Laura, get your Facebook page going. Great way to really get the message out to a lot of people…

  12. sandra longley says:

    facebook will suck the life out of you..If i get one more request from farmville, I am going to load a real chicken up and send it to one of them..for crying out loud..I have a ranch with real animals on it why do I need cartoon caracters!

  13. Lori West says:

    I had an experience last week in the Calico Mountains/Black Rock Desert area of NW Nevada. I went to see what horses remained in the area and was very sad to see the Ruby Pipeline supplies all staged in the railroad yard in Gerlach. They have erected a “Ruby Pipeline” sign for all to see. Thousands of pipes lay stacked there. I went north to stay at Soldier Meadows Guest Ranch and met Jim & Kathy the owners. They were involved to some degree with the gather that occurred this past winter. They have a picture of them with the whole Catoor team and the veterinarian etc. I told them that I was there to see the horses and they advised that they have been trying for 1 1/2 years to get grants from the BLM to create a wild horse reserve. They have met with officials and the whole thing seems to be held up in red tape. They are asking for help from anyone who has contacts within the BLM or who might be able to write letters or make phone calls to help. Kathy advised that their financial situation is such that if they don’t get the horse reserve going very very soon that they will instead have to run cattle and would then have to have more horses removed from the area. This horrified me. They showed empathy when I told them some of the things that the horses have gone through due to the gather so I was surprised to hear them say that they only had 2 choices. Horses or cattle. Can you direct me or help me to try to light a fire under the BLM? I look forward to your reply, Lori

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