Here is a chance to actually be part of the "wild horse management". This is what we have all been asking for. To actually be there to see what is really out there and what the conditions are.
Unfortunately, or actually fortunately, Shirley and I are currently standing by 24/7 for the foals, as it is right in the middle of our busiest time, and we do have foals at this time. ( We do not go anywhere that we cannot be on the road for the foals immediately after receiving a call. Right now our world exists pretty much of the foal world or injured horses).
This is something I would have loved to do. I really want to understand the absolute truth about the range conditions. I do know that some of them are supporting thriving critters, but others are not. We have some really intelligent advocates who could take this opportunity and make a huge step towards helping realize the true conditions of the range lands and possibly having a chance to make suggestions and start making a true solution happen. The only time this is ever going to work is if we all figure out a way to work together, for the good of the horses and the land.
I am excited about this and hope that the people who have been saying they want to do something will step up and "git er done".
The BLM is seeking volunteers to help with resource monitoring projects in wild horse and burro herd management areas.
U.S. Department of the InteriorBureau of Land Management
For Immediate Release: June 11, 2012 CA-N-12-70
Contact: Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332 (email@example.com)
BLM Announces Volunteer Opportunities in Wild Horse Country
Volunteers are needed to assist the Bureau of Land Management with rangeland health monitoring on northeast California and northwest Nevada public lands that provide habitat for wild horses and burros.
The project will run two to three months this summer in the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area northeast of Susanville, Calif. and the Nut Mountain and High Rock Herd Management Areas east of Cedarville, Calif.
Interested volunteers can apply by filling out the online volunteer application at www.volunteer.gov and emailing a resume 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.
Volunteers will develop landscape descriptions; take photographs, record geographic information system data, measure grazing use of various plants and record information on condition of streamside areas, also known as riparian areas.
Some techniques will require skill and proficiency in scientific methods, while other tasks will require lesser degrees of skill. All volunteers should have experience working in rugged and remote backcountry conditions, and could have to hike several miles to reach some monitoring areas. Map reading skills are important.
“This monitoring work is important because riparian areas are critically important to wild horses and burros and to other range users,” said BLM Northern California District Manager Nancy Haug. “We need to collect information about conditions and trends in these areas, which are the most productive, diverse and sensitive on public lands. The volunteer work will assist the BLM in expanding the number of monitoring sites in our herd management areas, thus increasing our knowledge about conditions.”
Volunteers will need to provide their own high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles and must be capable of driving in rough terrain and adverse weather. There is no salary offered, but the BLM can reimburse for expenses including personal vehicle mileage.
More information is available by contacting Derek Wilson at the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office,
Northern California District 355 Hemsted Drive Redding, CA 96002
Public Affairs Officer
BLM Northern California District
(530) 252-5332 (desk) (530) 260-0189 (cell)