I am a plaintiff on a lawsuit to stop the BLM from removing over 800 wild horses from Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek, and Great Divide Basin. The roundups are scheduled to start in two weeks.
Without any care for Environmental Analysis, land use planning, or NEPA, the BLM announced its plans to proceed with these roundups and gave the public no opportunity to comment on their plans. Of course, the BLM ignores public comments anyway, but we were not even allowed to make our voices heard. The roundup was announced only 1 month before the start date, barely time to get a lawsuit in place, but we did, and the violations of the law and procedure are so glaring that I believe we have a very good chance of winning and stopping the BLM in its tracks. Public Land in the Red Desert belongs to the public, that means all of us, not just the Rock Springs Grazing Association. The BLM must not be allowed to get away with pandering to one special interest group. But I began with telling you that this is personal. These horses aren't simply numbers or dots on a map to me. I know these horses, having observed many of them for many years. I have seen their foals born, their stallions age and lose their mares. I have seen the young stallions win new families, and have seen foals playing at dawn. These wild horses are living, breathing beings, and they deserve to live their lives in freedom, at home in the spectacular Red Desert. We deserve to have them on our public lands, enriching the landscape and our lives.