Folks this is ONE of the issues we've been dealing with and trying to get a program in place for years. Independent, eyes on, experienced, non-BLM, knowledgeable folks to be allowed to monitor the ranges. This may not be all encompassing or perfect solution to all the policy changes that need to be made BUT it will allow "boots on the ground" for advocates to monitor and log data and statistics that will help in keeping facts straight and the truth of conditions of the ranges and our horses and burros more transparent. In my humble opinion, the door is cracked open so we need to proceed with dedicated folks that will be a real asset to this program and see what forward motion we can get out of it. I sure wish I was in the position and location to try to apply for the program.
Take Care All,
BLM recruiting volunteers to monitor wild horsesShare
By Jane Braxton Little
Published: Sunday, Jun. 17, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is looking for volunteers to monitor health of the rangeland that hosts herds of wild horses in northeast California and northwest Nevada.
The project, which will run two to three months this summer, involves developing landscape descriptions and taking photographs in the Twin Peaks area northeast of Susanville and the Nut Mountain and High Rock areas east of Cedarville.
Volunteers will also record geographic information data, measure the grazing use of various plants and record information on streamside conditions.
Some tasks will require proficiency in scientific methods, said Jeff Fontana, a BLM spokesman in Susanville. Map reading skills are important, he said.
All volunteers should have experience working in rugged and remote backcountry conditions, which could involve hiking several miles to reach some monitoring areas.
The work will assist the agency in expanding the number of monitoring sites in its wild horse herd management areas, said Nancy Haug, BLM Northern California district manager.
Volunteers must provide their own high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles and be capable of driving in rough terrain and adverse weather. No salary is offered, but the BLM can reimburse for expenses, including personal vehicle mileage.
Interested volunteers can apply by filling out the online volunteer application at www.volunteer.gov and emailing a résumé with two references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The complete job description can be found by using the keywords Twin Peaks on the volunteer.gov website.
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/17/4567887/blm-recruiting-volunteers-to-monitor.html#storylink=cpy
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