Public Lands

Iconic CO wild mustangs replaced by thousands of domestic sheep on public lands 2 months after massive roundup

Advocacy group calls on BLM to close Sand Wash Basin HMA to livestock grazing to protect wildlife and wild horses in one of nation’s most famous herds


Nada Culver draws attention as Biden's possible BLM director

By Scott Streater, E&E News

March 11, 2021

Nada Culver is temporarily leading the Bureau of Land Management.

But she soon could be up for a promotion.

The White House is strongly considering nominating Culver in the coming weeks for the Senate-confirmed BLM director's post, according to sources both inside the Interior Department and close to it.

It's not clear whether any decision has been made. But one source with knowledge of the situation went so far as to say Culver is the White House's preferred choice for BLM director.


A few pretty horses: BLM, critics butt heads over Idaho mustang management

By Colin Tiernan, Twin Falls Times-News

January 27, 2021

This is some of the most desolate country in America.

It’s a land of brown-yellow grass, buttes and little else. This is a place where the few roads are gravel at best and often rugged two-tracks. There aren’t even any significant natural water sources out here.

But this unforgiving Idaho desert is home to one of the state’s six wild horse herds.


Excerpts from This Land, by Christopher Ketcham

(January 24, 2020) When Christopher Ketcham published his book, This Land: How Cowboys, Capitalism, and Corruption are Ruining the American West, we couldn't put it down. Ketcham holds nothing back (and omits nothing) as he exposes true stories of corruption in a deep-dive through the history of our great public lands.

Wild horses are discussed in several chapters throughout, but Chapters Five and Six, in particular, provide insight on public lands ranching that we are compelled to reiterate.


Public Lands: Wild horses and public lands are intertwined

In celebration of National #PublicLandsDay, we're sharing our staffers' own most memorable wild horse experiences on public land. These are their personal accounts. We hope they’ll inspire you to get out there, explore public lands, and learn more about free-roaming horses and burros.


Mary Koncel | Program Specialist


Public Lands: A herd of horses changed my life

 

Public Lands: A first visit led to heartbreak and motivation


In celebration of National #PublicLandsDay, we're sharing our staffers' own most memorable wild horse experiences on public land. These are their personal accounts. We hope they’ll inspire you to get out there, explore public lands, and learn more about free-roaming horses and burros.


Grace Kuhn | Communications Director


Public Lands: Moving to Nevada to be close to wild horses

In celebration of National #PublicLandsDay, we're sharing our staffers' own most memorable wild horse experiences on public land. These are their personal accounts. We hope they’ll inspire you to get out there, explore public lands, and learn more about free-roaming horses and burros.


Deb Walker | Nevada Field Representative

 

When I was younger, I experienced my first glimpse of wild horses in Owyhee above Elko.


Public Lands: Exploring Keeps Me Curious In Life

In celebration of National #PublicLandsDay, we're sharing our staffers' own most memorable wild horse experiences on public land. These are their personal accounts. We hope they’ll inspire you to get out there, explore public lands, and learn more about free-roaming horses and burros.


Jen Caudill | Communications Associate


BLM Fires 21-Year Veteran Whistleblower Rather than Curtailing Illegal Grazing

Washington, DC – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has removed a highly-respected range management veteran who repeatedly reported illegal grazing in the Ely, Nevada, area. In a challenge filed today, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) charges that this discharge was illegal retaliation in violation of the Whistleblower Protection Act.