CAES obtained the BLM report that was a result of their new management tool. The call this tool ‘County or Local Collaborative or Cooperative groups’
On the surface this sounds great…the government agency tasked with managing our public lands, water, and wildlife, working with the local folks. What could go wrong there?
In order to give you, the reader a clear picture I want you to think about leaving home the night before a meeting, driving 7 hours, up and over a mountain range. Driving to a place that has very little cell service, one motel to choose from, and sometimes only a one building school for K – 12.
You rest for the night, wake up in the morning and drive another 2 hours following a caravan of vehicles you met at the school building. This last 2 hours before you get to the meeting spot is all gravel roads, with no road signs, no markings to tell you where you are. But you go anyway. It is the only way you will ever know what is being discussed and decided. THIS is the public meeting.
Now imagine that the local people, everyone of which is vested in using that public land for their livelihood, decides that working with the government who manages those lands and keeping it quiet, behind closed doors is the best way for them (the locals) to have control. There are no people out in these remote areas other than public lands users, their families, and the government employees. So in these collaborative groups, WHO is there to represent conservation, environment, wildlife or wildlife habitat?
CAES obtained a report from one such Collaborative meeting. An anonymous source was able to obtain a call in number for this meeting, which was held by Webinar (something we have been asking them to do for these remote meetings for years, but were told could not be done) and we want you to see what 99% of America is not privy to.
Here is the message we received from our source, and the “BLM REPORT IN RESPONSE TO SECRETARIAL MEMORANDUM ON IMPROVING PLANNING AND NEPA PROCESSES AND SECRETARIAL ORDER 3355” from the meeting:
“This is the report produced as part of the secret county-BLM collaborative meetings that happened over 2017, highlighted in this article:
Note from Appendix A:
Develop new CXs for the Wild Horse and Burro
program that include: 1) gather operations; 2) sales of
excess Wild Horses and Burros; 3) application of
population growth suppression techniques to wild
horses and burros, including contraception and
sterilization; and 4) euthanasia of excess wild horses
and burros for which an adoption or sale demand does