Please do not let the BLM and their rancher constituencies get away with using the sage grouse as an excuse to further destroy the remaining wild horse and burro populations in Oregon.
Although wild horse habitat comprises less than a quarter of sage grouse habitat, many of the alternatives under consideration set the stage for a reduction in allowable population levels and acreage for wild horses. Predictably, although livestock grazing occurs in 95% of sage grouse habitat in Oregon, the BLM's preferred alternative would reduce livestock grazing acreage and levels by just 1%, even though livestock outnumber wild horses in the planning area by at least 30 to 1!
Get your comments in today!The final RMPA/EIS must accurately reflect the Bureau of Land Managementís (BLMís) MANDATE to protect wild horses and burros vs. its DISCRETION to authorize livestock grazing.
Sign an online petition
And/or better yet, make direct contact:
Greater Sage Grouse RMPA/EIS
Mail (Must be postmarked February 20, 2014):
BLM - Greater Sage-Grouse DEIS
1220 SW Third Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
Thanks to all who have submitted comments on Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) Nevada, Idaho and Utah sage grouse plans -- we've generated almost 20,000 comments so far! Now it's time to submit our comments on the BLM Oregon's sage grouse plan. The plan will impact 17 wild horse Herd Management Areas (HMAs), including the famed Sulphur Springs HMA, home to mustangs, such as the two pictured at left, with direct Spanish heritage,
As expected, the BLM Oregon's plan reduces livestock grazing by just one
percent, even though livestock grazing impacts 95% of sage grouse habitat in
the state. By contrast, wild horses inhabit less than one-quarter of sage
grouse habitat in Oregon where they are outnumbered by livestock 30-1. Yet
the proposed plan could set the stage for reducing wild horse populations
and/or habitat. So please take a minute to tell BLM Oregon not to use sage
grouse protection as an excuse to reduce wild horse populations in the
Thank you for everything you do for animals!
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