Breaking News – 20 Environmental and Wildlife Organizations Have Petitioned President Trump, Sec. of the Int. Zinke and Congress to Rectify the Livestock Grazing Issues on Public Lands.

In a unprecedented step to stop the heavy impact of livestock grazing on our public lands, we have joined environmental and wildlife organizations to fight for our wildlands.

The petition asks for limits to be set in areas that are fragile or need rest to recover from grazing impacts. It also asks for reductions in areas where livestock are in conflict with wildlife either for forage, or habitat protections.

You may ask how this helps horses at all, and the answer is that our wild horses are wildlife. This is something the livestock industry has bullied the government into ignoring for years, despite court rulings that declare them wildlife, they are still treated as if they are feral pests on their own lands.

We have joined with other organizations that not only fight for the environment, but also for wild species such as wolves, coyotes, etc. We believe every native species has a right to survive in their natural habitat. Right now the priority is given to commercial interests and we want to change that.

The petition will soon be received by President Trump, Dept of the Int. Sec, Ryan Zinke and members of Congress. However, we want to give all of you a chance to sign the petition as well, to do that click below:

Sign the Petition to Save OUR Lands

 

This is the petition that was sent in from our Coalition to save our lands:
A Public Petition to Congress, Department of Interior

 

Dear President Trump and Secretary of the Interior Zinke:

We, the American people and the undersigned organizations representing them, petition you to minimize the impact of livestock grazing on federal public lands, including but not limited to national forests and Bureau of Land Management lands, to address ecological problems caused by commercial livestock grazing. Ecological problems are occurring in instances where:

  • livestock grazing displaces wildlife, reduces wildlife populations through competition for forage, or degrades wildlife habitats;
  • degradation is occurring to the land (for example, erosion or soil compaction);
  • transmission of pathogens is occurring from livestock to wildlife populations;
  • degradation is occurring to plant communities;
  • native wildlife are killed to advance the interests of public lands ranchers;
  • livestock are damaging to sensitive wetlands or riparian areas; or
  • damage is occurring to streams and aquatic habitats for sensitive fishes and amphibians.
  • Ruminant grazing contributes to the nitrogen load in streams as well as nitrous oxide gasses also a greenhouse gas.

With this petition, we seek reductions in the numbers of commercial livestock on public lands that are sufficient to prevent further damage to native ecosystems, and allow the recovery of currently degraded lands to a natural state. On some lands which evolved in the absence of large grazers, such as the low-elevation shrubsteppes and deserts of the Great Basin, where soil productivity is dependent on fragile biological soil crusts, the appropriate maximum stocking rate for commercial livestock may be zero.

Poorly managed livestock can cause dustbowl effects through overgrazing. Removal of native grasses and trampling and compaction of soils paves the way for invasive weeds such as cheatgrass, which burn with unnatural frequency and convert native desert and shrubsteppe vegetation to cheatgrass monocultures of no habitat value to wildlife. This increase in range fires and the cheatgrass invasion that follows in their wake cannot be successfully stemmed or reversed through the construction of fuelbreaks or an increase in direct attack. In an increasingly flammable West, firefighters have a poor record of extinguishing all ignitions. Furthermore, during windy, drought conditions when large fires are most likely to occur, fires commonly spot a mile or more ahead of the flame front, even leaping interstate highways and major rivers. It is necessary to stop ignoring the root cause of this cycle of cheatgrass and fire – the domestic livestock that spread cheatgrass seeds and destroy the native perennial bunchgrasses and biological soil crusts that are nature’s best defense against cheatgrass invasion.

Commercial livestock grazing on public lands is a taxpayer-subsidized program that costs the American people not only the loss of the quality of our public lands and waters, but also loss of wildlife.

The subsidies for livestock grazing outweigh the fees collected for public lands grazing by approx $1.4 billion annually. (based on Bureau of Land Management 2014 income from Grazing program and 2013 Subsidies) So there is no financial advantage for the nation to underwrite subsidies for this program, but setting these important limitations would have a positive impact on our budget, because it would reduce many of the subsidies to be paid.

We also pay for an agency whose only mission is to deal with predators of livestock, which creates population issues of cervids and other animals. So limitations would also remove the need for Wildlife Services, and saving a further $100 million annually.

This would also remove the migratory problems and injuries we see with fencing. Reopening migratory routes will help keep some species off the ESA list. Injuries to special status species like the greater sage grouse would be greatly reduced by removing fences and limiting grazing  in any areas of critical concern.

Cattle grazing on public lands in the western states is putting a domestic species adapted to moist, northern European ecosystems into an arid environment where they are ill-suited to survive.  As a result, cattle concentrate along streamsides, springs, wetlands, and lakeshores that under natural circumstances are oases of biodiversity with rich and productive vegetation communities, but under heavy grazing and trampling become denuded and degraded. This damage results in the loss or reduction of the large majority of native wildlife that depend on rich riparian habitats for some or all of their life cycles; notable among such species are rare jumping mice, sage-grouse, songbirds, and beavers which are the ecological keystone of western stream systems. We also see a serious decline in water sources or riparian areas due to the lingering nature of livestock near water sources in this type of climate, and the habit of defecating in those waters.

Livestock grazing also has devastating impacts on stream and river systems, and the fishes and other aquatic life that they support. Bank trampling by cattle breaks down overhanging banks that under natural conditions provide shade and cover for fishes, and convert stream profiles from deep and narrow to wide and shallow. This, together with the removal of overhanging natural vegetation and the resulting loss of shade raises water temperatures, often to levels outside the thermal tolerance zones of native trout and salmon. Cattle concentrating along, and wallowing in, streams and rivers results in radical increases in erosion and siltation, turning crystalline waters into turbid flows, and smothering trout and salmon spawning gravels with silt.

Domestic sheep cause additional problems by transmitting pathogens which induce deadly pneumonia in wild bighorn sheep. Pneumonia outbreaks commonly result in losses of 30 to 70% of an affected bighorn herd, with total mortality and local extirpation occurring in some instances. Following a pneumonia outbreak, lambs born to surviving ewes typically die shortly after weaning, resulting in depressed recruitment rates which may inhibit herd growth for years to follow. Despite decades of translocation and restoration efforts to reverse the effects of a precipitous crash in which an estimated 98% of all bighorn sheep were lost, populations Westwide remain at less than 5% of historic numbers. Disease events resulting from contact with domestic sheep are the primary limiting factor in the recovery of this iconic native species.

In summary, by limiting the livestock in areas of conflict or degradation you can: save money, save wildlife, and save the value of our lands and water.

Respectfully yours,

Theresa J Barbour
UVOTE Coalition
PO Box 115
Drain OR 97435
541.315.6650

Signing on behalf of:
Erik Molvar
Executive Director
Western Watersheds Project

Dr. Lester Friedlander, DVM
President
Citizens Against Equine Slaughter

 

Jeanne Brummet
Founder
Unified Voices of the Eagle (UVOTE) Coalition
Public Lands, Truth Campaign, Director

Kathleen Hayden
Coyote Canyon Caballos d’Anza Inc

Michele Anderson
Heber Wild Horses Freedom Preservation Alliance

Kirk Robinson, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Western Wildlife Conservancy

 

Shelley Silbert
Executive Director
Great Old Broads for Wilderness

 

Val Cecama-Hogsett
Executive Director
National Wild Horse & Burro Administration

 

Roger Dobson
Protect The Wolves™
A Native American Group

Nancy Hilding
President
Prairie Hills Audubon Society

 

Christina Marie Anderson
Paws Across America Advocacy

 

Sandi Claypool
Monero Mustangs

 

Patience O’Dowd
Wild Horse Observers Association

 

Jen Howe
Wild Horses of Southern Utah

 

Mr. Ara Marderosian
Sequoia ForestKeeper®

 

Mike Garrity
Executive Director
Alliance for the Wild Rockies

 

Camilla H. Fox
Founder & Executive Director
Project Coyote

Christine Blackwell
Hang a Halter

Manda Kailmian
The Cana Foundation

 

Amy Hanchey
Pegasus Equine Guardian Association

Cc: Members of Congress

ACTION ALERT – PLEASE MAKE YOUR CALLS

Recently their have been posts claiming a victory. We would like to clarify that this seems to be good news, but is far from being a Senate Approved Bill.

From the pdf document we linked you to last time, and from the ONLY document posted online from the Senate, pertaining to the FY 2018 Department of Interior Budget Bill specifically says

“NOTICE: This bill is a draft for use of the Committee and
its Staff only, in preparation for markup. ”

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Capture from this link.

It has not yet been given a Senate Bill number which is why all you see in that spot is S. 0000. So this has not had Senate Mark-up, no Senate appropriation committee votes. It still has another step before it goes into the process of reconciliation between the House and Senate.

 

This is a non-bill, a chair recommendation only, which as yet, is not in the Congressional record and does not even have committee votes. Transfer language is there but slaughter and Euthanasia are not allowed. However, once a horse is sold, and they have LOST their wild horse status, who is going to STOP it? WHY are we celebrating? Seems like we need to be calling the Chair and Vice Chair ASAP before this goes to the secret conference committee. The chairs and vice chairs determine the outcome behind closed doors in that event. NEXT STEP Call Sen Lisa Murkowski and Sen Tom Udall urgently.

We have to keep the pressure on! The budget runs out on Dec 8th so we are going to see action very soon on this.

Please call:

Lisa Murkowski select option 3
Washington, D.C.
22 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202)-224-6665
Fax: (202)-224-5301

Senator Tom Udall Washington/Capitol Hill
531 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510
(202) 224-6621

CALL THE Appropriations committee no. 202-224 7257

What we want:
1. Need OPEN PROCESS.
2. Need a Sub Committee Vote, no voice votes.
3. Once the horses are transferred, they lose their wild horse status and protections. There is nothing to ensure they are not slaughtered or Euthanised and no prenalties or follow up mechansim.

 

Sue Carter Friend or Foe

“Sometimes we need to shrug and admit that some people are just educated beyond their intellect.” – 2 Women in a Car

We intend to expose those we know are not working for the protection of equines in this country. We don’t like creating ripples in the advocacy, but, if we remain silent we are guilty of not protecting them.

We found out this week that Sue Carter, and administrator of 2 fairly prominent Facebook groups, “I Oppose Slaughter of Horses in the USA” and “BLM, Leave America’s Wild Horses and Burros on Their Wild Lands!” has stated that she hopes well-known ranching attorney, Budd-Falen will intervene in a case being fought out in NM courts.

Sue States that she hopes that Budd-Falen is hired and that she would destroy the court case brought by Wild Horse Observers Association to set illegally captured wild horses in Lincoln County, NM (commonly known as the Alto Herd) free.

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In this screenshot Sandy Tubb mentions Patience, that is Patience O’Dowd, one of the people from WHOA. Sue then asks how Budd-Falen is involved, saying she would eat Patience and/or WHOA alive in court. Sue then mentions that she (Karen Budd-Falen) has intervened previously in another case for the NM LB (Livestock Board) another case involving WHOA. The rest is discussion on property law and rights.

 

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This screenshot is self-explanatory showing Sue’s continued support of Budd-Falen to shut-down WHOA in the legal battle to free the wild horses of Alto,  NM.

 

Karen Budd-Falen and her law firm have long been known as supporters of ranchers, and the county supremacy movement. Those folks that seem to believe the Federal Government doesn’t have the right to manage federal lands, and that we should turn them over to the states.  She also intervened in a court case WHOA brought against the Livestock Board of NM in the past, and lost. But WHY does someone want this woman, a rancher’s, pro-slaughter, attorney to fight the case to save our wild horses?

“Karen Budd-Falen represented Utah ranchers who demanded that “the Bureau of Land Management remove ‘excess’ wild horses from” land near Cedar City, which they claimed was “overrun with free-roaming horses that displace their cattle.” The case was dismissed by a federal judge in July 2017.”
Read the long list of Ranchers supported by Budd-Falen.

Back in August we brought you screen shots of Sue Carter telling people not to donate to small organizations that need money for lawyers, or to support a small fundraiser to get our 2 advocates to the Utah Summit held without any wild horse advocates invited. That was aimed at Citizens Against Equine Slaughter because we were the ones trying to get 2 advocates, Patience O’Dowd and Lorri Burnett to the Summit to report on it.

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In this screen shot Sue tells people not to donate to small groups needing attorneys and tells people not to get scammed…implying we are scammers. How do we know she was talking about CAES? Look at the next screen shot of the same conversation.

 

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And here it is, we were running a small fundraiser  to pay our ‘2 women in a car’ gas money to get to this illegal Summit and cover what they could, having also raised the admittance fees, just to say, “We are here and willing to pay the registration to get into your summit”. We knew we would not be allowed to attend. This meeting was all livestock, oil, federal, etc.

What we constantly hear is that the advocacy needs to come together. We all need to work together, we need to forget our differences, etc. But, when someone is telling lies about you, your organization, and even telling people not to donate, how are you able to just keep doing your job and ignore this type of harassment?

Why should we be forced to be silent when we have had Sue Carter harassing Patience for many years, and when it has gotten to this point? Sue was never told by the advocacy that her behavior is unacceptable, so she continues, and she takes bolder actions each time. What is the real motive? Is it a personal vendetta against Patience O’Dowd, or does she work for the government, the livestock board, or some other agency that wants to stop us?

Will you continue to allow this behavior? Do you believe THIS is how our advocacy should represent itself? We do not.

To show your support please consider making an emergency donation to the WHOA legal fund, by going to their website Wild Horse Observers Association  or by clicking on the donate button here on CAES website and we will forward it with our donation to them for the Alto Wild horse case, and their FREEDOM.

Update –
Some people are angry with us for making this issue public. But, when Sue started this public campaign against us, we have every right to respond and defend ourselves. We also have the right to publicly questions her motives. She is dangerous to our efforts to protect horses wild and domestic.

This has been an issue for nearly 4 years. Until August most of Sue’s attempts to discredit Patience and/or WHOA have been done in private messages on Facebook, and we received many screenshots of that from people who questioned her motives. We remained silent, and that did not stop this. We see these public attacks as an advancement in her war against us and ultimately against our nation’s horses.

We will be sharing more screenshots of her posts both public and from private messages. We do hope people will learn to evaluate who they follow who they believe and why they may attack another advocate. These actions are not victim-less. They are bullying, deceit and counter productive for all of us who are trying to stop slaughter and protect wild horses.

 

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Sue disagreed with our expose on the Wild Horse Summit in UT and calls our post nonsense, in this post she shares part of our article, which is a copyright violation for one, and just another public bashing.

 

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In this screenshot Sue again takes a photo from our Expose of the Summit in UT and uses it. We know the document pictured is from our article because you can see a brown slice on the right side, that is Patience O’Dowd’s countertop where she laid the photo to take a picture. These were documents WHOA received from a FOIA request. Again a copyright violation.

Our main point of this expose was to expose the plan of the participants in this summit to ship our wild horses to Tribal lands for mass euthanasia and composting. YES we also intended to put pressure on Senator Udall, but this post from Sue completely ignores that. And the other thing to think about from the comments in this post are that Sue mentions a Callie Hendrickson as the author of these documents we got through FOIA. The FOIA request went to Governor Gary Hebert of UT, and were received by WHOA from that office. They do not list an author, so HOW does Sue know who the author is?

 

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The last comment made by Sue Carter in this screenshot is Sue Carter asking us to respond. So we are.  She also says “Notice it says at the top BE ADVISED THIS POST IS NONSENSE” hoewever does not make it clear that she added that statement.

These last 2 screenshots show the conversation on our expose, without talking about any other information in the article which is 45 pages long, includes attachments that are supporting our statements, and only focusing on the pressure we were putting on Udall to stand up for our horses, wild and domestic.

 

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Pressure Works

©CAES 2018, 20 November

YOU did it. You have put the pressure on your Senators and they have listened. The Udall language that was removed from the House version of the budget, is in the Senate draft.

So far we do not see any hearings scheduled for mark-up or any votes recorded on the bill language. So we do not know what the final Senate version will look like yet.

There has not been a Senate bill number assigned to this as of today. It is not yet in the Congressional record because this is only the FY2018 chairmen’s recommendation to the Senate Appropriations committee.

We are hoping that the Vice Chair, Senator Udall has felt the heat of all of your calls and letters and will fight to make this a part of the Congressional Record, and a Senate bill. Then he needs to fight again when it goes into the reconciliation process with the House.

We all know that there are several Representatives in the House who do not want the restrictions on slaughter and euthanasia of wild horses to continue, the same representatives that have gotten transfer language in that they now wish to be unrestricted, which is potentially dangerous.

The good news:

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The language keeping funds from being used to euthanize or slaughter healthy wild horses and burros is here in the Senate version of the FY 2018 Bill (S. 0000) It was left out of the House version.

The bad news:

“HUMANE TRANSFER OF EXCESS ANIMALS
SEC. 115. Notwithstanding any other provision of
law, the Secretary of the Interior may transfer excess wild
horses or burros that have been removed from the public
lands to other Federal, State, and local government agen-
cies for use as work animals: Provided, That the Secretary
may make any such transfer immediately upon request of
such Federal, State, or local government agency: Provided
further, That any excess animal transferred under this
provision shall lose its status as a wild free-roaming horse
or burro as defined in the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and
Burros Act: Provided further, That any Federal, State, or
local government agency receiving excess wild horses or
burros as authorized in this section shall not: destroy the
horses or burros in a way that results in their destruction
into commercial products; sell or otherwise transfer the
horses or burros in a way that results in their destruction
for processing into commercial products; or euthanize the
horses or burros except upon the recommendation of a li-
censed veterinarian, in cases of severe injury, illness, or
advanced age.”

This language is in the Senate version. It seems good to the average reader right? Wrong.. as we saw with Tom Davis and the sale of nearly 1800 wild horses to him. He took them directly to slaughter, and was never charged for it. Why? Because once wild horses and/or burros are sold, they become the ‘property’ of the purchaser. This means they no longer have federal protections and the federal government cannot tell the new owner what to do with their ‘property’.

Keep up the calls to your Senators and Representative, let them know we do not approve of :
mass euthanasia,
slaughter,
or transfer to an agency that becomes the owner, labeling the horses as property…
making it entirely possible for multiple Tom Davis situations.

Read the entire reccommendation here

Department of the Interior, Leaked Draft 2018–2022 Strategic Plan

A CAES Report-card on Ryan Zinke

2017 CAES© permission to use any part of this article not in it’s entirety is required.

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©U.S. Department of the Interior

In a September, 2017 draft, obtained by obtained by Defenders of Wildlife, the Department of Interior, led by Secretary Zinke outlines the nefarious plan for our public lands.

We’ve done a little scorecard on how this plan weighs when compared to a transparent, receptive, forward-looking Interior Department serving the the majority of American’s by continuing and strengthening  our natural heritage, cultures, treaties, and astute, science-based use and/or protection of our natural resources.

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MISSION AREA 1:  Conserving Our Land and Water 
GOAL #1:  Utilize science in land, water, species and habitat management supporting decisions and activities
GOAL #2 Manage DOI water storage and delivery to resolve conflicts and expand capacity
GOAL #3: Foster partnerships to achieve balanced stewardship and use of our public lands
GOAL #4: Inform land use planning processes especially for public use and access

Score:
 Teddy: established                                           Ryan: strip protections from 
          A. 150 national forests                                 A. 11.3 million acres of public lands
          B. 51 wildlife refuges                                   B. 218 million acres of marine environment
          C. 5 national parks                                       C. Reducing National Monuments              
          D. 18 national monuments                         D. Dismantling wildlife refuges                                                                                                            E. Gutting endangered and critical                                                                                                         species protections
Conclusion:
Teddy Roosevelt, would tell Ryan he needs to he protect our national monuments, institute better protections of our wildlife, land air and water.

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MISSION AREA 2 Generating Revenue and Utilizing Our Natural Resources 
GOAL #1 Ensure energy and economic security for America
GOAL #2: Ensure access to mineral resources
GOAL #3: Ensure public receives fair market value for resources; fees are reasonable and recover cost
GOAL #4: Focus timber programs on “healthy forests” lifecycle
GOAL #5: Manage grazing resources

Score:

A. Vocabulary error
“Sustainability” is a word that Ryan uses often, but doesn’t appear to have done his homework and looked up the definition.
       Evidence:
                        1. Cancelled moratorium on coal leases, while announcing a new round of                                leasing in the Powder River Basin, WY
                        2. Ryan announced offshore oil and gas leases in a 77 million-acre region of                              the Gulf of Mexico, while still recovering from the 2010 Deepwater                                          Horizon disaster
                        3.  Ryan joked to the National Petroleum Council that “fracking is proof that                               God’s got a good sense of humor and he loves us.”
Conclusion:
 Ryan demonstrates that his understanding of “sustainability” is that; limited resources (oil, gas, minerals, etc.) will secure a sustainable future for the American people. This misunderstanding will be devastating and possibly irreversably damaging to our evnironment, wildlife, and overall quality of life.

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MISSION AREA 3 Expanding Outdoor Recreation and Access
GOAL #1: Expand hunting, fishing, and other recreation on DOI lands and waters
GOAL #2: Enhance public satisfaction at DOI sites
Score:
A. Ryan has created trust issues with the majority of Americans
         Evidence:
                       1. closed-door dealings and speeches
                       2. refusal to publicly release his national monuments report
                       3. ethically questionable business travel
                       4. suspicious relationships with Political Action Committees
                       5. special attention to special interests
                       6. considering drilling adjacent to and even inside 30 national parks
                       7. ignored stakeholders of planning process for conservation of greater-sage                             grouse and how to balance that with other nultiple uses across the west.                              (A move that promotes continuing decline of the bird and likely putting it                              on the endangeres species list.)
Conclusion: 
Ryan fails to recognize people outside special interest groups, and does not know how to communicate with those outside his usual group of friends. He has total disregard, and no respect for the hard work of others who contributed work before him, nor how his changes will negatively impact them, the environment or the wildlife. He will also be throwing out not only the work already done, but also significant tax dolaars wasted that were used in developing exisiting protections and plans.

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MISSION AREA 4 Fulfilling Our Trust and Insular Responsibilities 
GOAL #1: Support tribal self‐determination, self‐governance, and sovereignty
GOAL #2: Fulfill fiduciary trust
GOAL #3: Strengthen economic and health capacities in the US Territories, and fulfill US compact obligations to the freely associated states
Score:
A. Vocabulary error
     “Sovereignty” is a word that Ryan uses as a noun, or a thing that can be supported.             This demonstrates his lack of homework doing with his vocabulary list and looking           up definitions once again.
           Evidence:
                          1. Reccomendation to shrink Bears Ears National Monument
                          2. Recommendation will stop protection of Indigenous artifacts
                          3. Recommendation will lift protections of Indigenous sacred sites.
                          4. Recommendation is in opposition to member tribes of the Bears Ears                                      Commission.
Conclusion:
On the heels of a new administration failing to hear, respect or honor Indigenous rights, or treaties, Ryan deals another blow to our First People recommending the decrease in size of National monuments such as Bears Ears, and lowering the protections for those very things that ought to be the decision of the tribes based on the sovereignty. If Ryan believes in sovereignty, he must learn the it is the right for our Indigenous Peoples “to make their own laws and be governed by them.”

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MISSION AREA 5 Protecting Our People and the Border
GOAL 1: Ensure emergency preparedness & DOI law enforcement staffing addresses public safety risks
GOAL 2: Support securing our southern continental US border
GOAL #3: Manage wildland fire to reduce risk and improve ecosystem and community resilience
GOAL #4: Provide science to safeguard communities against natural hazards
Score:
As the Secretary of the Interior, Ryan should be asking for more money for his department right? He is failing this part of his job by recommending cuts during his testimony to the Senate in 2017 for the FY 2018 budget.
     Evidence:
          Recommendations made for the FY 2018 budget:
               13% cut for the BLM, USFWS, Bureau of Reclamation & US Geological Survey                               (Nearly half from Office of Surface Mining & Reclamation)
               11% cut for the National Park Service
          Rescinded policy that would make companies pay fair market value for oil, gas and                coal extraction on federal lands (loss of revenue to taxpayers $75 million)
Conclusion:
Ryan again seems to be leaning in favor of special interest, profit makong ventures, and not increasing funding to protects our heritage, resources or even our tax dollars. Instead the only way he has made any recommendation that would increas income for the department is the idea to triple fees to be admitted to our National Parks.


MISSION AREA 6 Modernizing Our Organization and Infrastructure for the Next 100 Years 
GOAL #1: Align DOI organizational structure and workforce to improve partnership engagement and mission delivery
GOAL #2: Reduce administrative and regulatory burden
GOAL #3: Prioritize DOI infrastructure needs and reduce deferred maintenance backlog
Score:
A clear agenda that is contrary to the job he is in. 
     A. Ryan doesn’t seem to understand that the Deparment of Interior doesn’t oversee                  the Customs and Border Protection, whic is actually acomponent of the                                 Department of Homeland Security. 
     B. Ryan claims conservation, safety and public health policies are “burdensome” on               energy production (oil, natural gas, coal and nuclear) in a report issued in response           to Executive Order 13783. The Dept of Interior feel that protections for wildlife and           habitat, science consultation for critical species and areas deemed areas of critical             concern are among these burdensome things. But that’s not all, he also feels that                 planning & appeals processes (that pesky public involvement component) and of               course all those exhaustive permits to satisfy legislative and administrative                         requirements. These all just get in the way of making “America Energy Dominant”.
     C. The National Park System has a $12 billion maintenance backlog, and the National             Wildlife Refuge System is suffering a $2.7 billion backlog yet Ryan calls for a $1.6               billion budget cut for his department. 
     D. Ryan’s “reorganization” through the reassignment of over 50 top staffers at the DOI            was done involuntarily and often to new positions in which the staffer had no                    expertise. This can never be productive for an organization to function efficiently.
     E. Ryan supports the elimination of about 4,000 jobs at the DOI. Further adding insult           to injury many more will be uprooted with his plans to move 3 DOI agency                           headquarters to Denver from Washington DC, a move that is clearly an attempt to             further keep the states that are not the west out of the loop on western land issues,             such as the push to transfer federal lands to states.
Conclusion:
The only issue that hould concern him with the border should be effects of a border wallon wildlife and habitat, including endangered species and several national wildlife refuges. Ryan needs to focus on a fair nd healthy balance between energy development and resource conservation that protects our future, not seeing these protections and policies as burdensome. While we agree that some positions in the Department of Interior could be eliminated, we disagree with moves or eliminations due to retaliation on those who disagree with Ryan and the special interest group he clearly works for. We do not believe moving offices that deal primarily with issues that are western issues to western offices is an appropriate way to represent those public land owners who live in the eastern states. This limits the information and public meetings access, along with contributing to a feeling of secrecy and “good old boy club” atmosphere. Taunting his own staff saying 30% are not loyal is not a professional way to handle human resources, and is not going to breed a healthy work environment, thus furthering the feeling of mistrust and division. 

∑ Overall Reportcard Score –  is that Ryan moved up a grade when he clearly was not ready.
Ryan Zinke’s actions are contrary to his job description, he has a clear dislike and disregard for conservation, preservation and majority interests. We believe it is time for Ryan to change jobs. He is no more qualified for this job than was the scientists he put into an accounting position. We believe that Ryan Zinke cannot achieve the goals of the Department of the Interior when he fails to realize that the goal is to protect and preserve, conserve and respect…not profit.

 

 

 

 

 

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