Protect Wild Horses in Forest Service Devil's Garden Territory
Photo credit Linda Hay.
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is seeking public input for the revision of the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory (WHT) Management Plan (TMP). This plan will establish the short- and long-term policies for management of this wild horse territory for the next 15 to 20 years. Native Americans, cattlemen's associations and ranchers are out in full force to reduce the number of horses in the Territory and to reduce the size of the Territory itself. The Devils Garden wild horses need you to speak up for them!
The USFS is proposing to remove 37 square miles from the WHT and to set the "Allowable" Management Level (AML) at just 206 to 402 horses on this 419 square-mile area. If approved, this plan could result in the USFS removing up to 1,369 horses! Currently USFS estimates there are 1,575 wild horses (including the USFS's estimated 315 foals expected this year) in and around the WHT.
The Devils Garden Plateau WHT is currently used by 10 different private ranchers who are permitted to graze the annual equivalent of 2,240 cow/calf pairs; actual use averaged 1,546 cow/calf pairs during 2006-2011. In 2012, the USFS increased private livestock grazing bringing the annual equivalent of livestock on the WHT up to 1,605 cow/calf pairs.
Now is the time to oppose the USFS's proposed action and management plan for the wild horses of Devil's Garden WHT. Please take easy action below to personalize and send in your comments. When you click send, your suggestions will be individually emailed to the USFS.