I find it interesting that the Bureau of Land Management, also allowed by the Department of the Interior (oversight agency), to complete such obvious Illegal Activities — as no legal process has been given to the taxpayer public that the Conger and Frisco Roundups are being done legally.
I. Current EA legal process must be met and signed — a 2015 EA, whether updated or not, and left unsigned as well, is unacceptable legally to complete a legal roundup;
2. An unsigned EA does not fulfill the legal process for the BLM to conduct a roundup at the Conger and Frisco Heard Management areas;
3. FLPMA as well as no NEPA requirements, legally, have simply not been met for a legal roundup within these Utah HMA areas;
4. Population Research Control (BLM’s bogus title in an attempt to make it sound valid) is a false title and irrelevant, when the other elements of qualifications for rounding America’s Wild Horses up have, very simply, not been met;
5. Worse yet, the bogus biology at these particular HMA’s are essentially biological-impossibilities (very dishonest) within these groups of Wild Horses, and the previous 2015 EA shows the impossibilities very well — updates based upon the 2015 EA (with no other qualification processes and left unavailable), and as Federal Courts have ruled previously, and clearly, BLM is to provide current EA’s (I.e. FLPMA, NEPA documents as well and current), not random EA’s copied elsewhere and simply the date changed . . .
The situation here shows us quite well, to taxpayers, how BLM pursues illegal and well planned fraudulent-activities on a regular basis, is their incompetent abilities toward biological truth, as well as Environmental truth, has not been met what so ever — this simply demonstrate the lies these particular BLM Wild Horse Counts provide, and costing taxpayers millions of dollars to accomplish, yet do nothing for the Ecology of those environments, other than destruction from more cattle being placed upon America’s Public Lands (as science shows us clearly and on a regular basis, e.g. Grasslands Extinction, et al.) . . .
What should also be noted is the 34% cattle Yearly throw-away situations from stores who market this same beef product, and from the Welfare Rancher paradigm, or ranches heavily subsidized by taxpayer money. These types of Welfare Ranching Operations supply a mere or Less Than 1% of beef product to the American Markets (receipts from DOI and government oversight agencies shows us this quite prevalently) . . . and yet cost the American Taxpayer’s millions of dollars, or to put it simply, we as taxpayer’s cover their underline costs of production and management; whereas, Welfare Ranchers (those entities that lease and sub-lease (which is also illegal by the way) Public Lands and Forestry Lands) give nothing back in taxes, nothing back to any social system or endeavors, and absolutely nothing back in support of our nation’s wildlife —
We lose, as American’s and taxpayers, as true functional ecological systems become less and less. America’s needed predators and other wildlife required for healthy ecological systems, are killed-off (Welfare Rancher’s seem to have a profound ignorance, combined with unhealthy aspects of greed and profiteering), and many near extinction.
Wild Horses, for example and something to think about, provide distribution of seeds, which assist in promoting a healthy grasslands environment — cattle and sheep destroy this same grasslands environments, which BTW support 2/3 of our basic food chain basic substances. Not so surprising, our Grasslands, the very basis of our existence and society as we know it, headed to extinction at a mere 24% of over-all Grasslands left.
December 3, 2017 at 6:57 pm
Correct! The BLM/USFS did the same thing in Oregon for the Murderer’s Creek capture/removal. BLM admitted there was no current signed EA and yet they captured hundreds (perhaps all?) of those wild horses.
Photographer and Journalist
December 3, 2017 at 8:38 pm
True. We played a big roll in pointing out that the Murderers Creek situation illegal at best. The Bureau of Land Management personnel sold it as a Forestry situation, and they were simply the Supervisory Staff (Rob Smart I believe – and a well known thief of America’s Wild Horses).
The Federal Judge i.e. Stanton Family versus USFS, was clear a couple of years before, that it was the Stanton Family’s cattle that created the Murderer’s Creek destruction and not the Wild Horses in the area (i.e. Marine Sciences Agency was called into action to break the debate entirely) and the Judge even made the Statement that the Bureau of Land Management and their type of awkward lies in the matters of their science, was unacceptable.
The problem was there existed no follow-up by law enforcement, and eventually (i.e. BLM and Forestry law enforcement was to monitor the situation there, but never happened – but paid to do so by taxpayer’s), a few years later they usurped the EA process by stating the Wild Horses required Emergency Evacuation due to starvation — yet another awkward lie, yet another situation where there existed no proof, and yet another situation of biological impossibilities of actual band/herd growth . . .
BTW the Stanton’s dislike the Wild Horses. This particular family that place their cattle along Murderer’s Creek, and have wrecked the ecological system in total, also started to demand “All” Wildlife along the creek and within the meadows destroyed as well – for more cattle – which according to Federal Court they were already running too many cattle for the overall Environmental System and Ecology that exists there. So up and coming is yet a further Federal Court battle taking place, at taxpayer expense, and due from greed, outright lies by a Welfare Rancher, and in cahoots with the BLM and the Forestry Department (i.e. USDA) — against the Wild Horses!
December 3, 2017 at 9:05 pm
What can be done to address the problems associated with public lands livestock grazing? There is a simple answer: end it. Get the cows and sheep off, let the wild creatures reclaim their native habitat, and send the ranchers a bill for the cost of restoration.
December 4, 2017 at 10:23 pm
I read into a statement made by John Hayes III that RSGA is now considering the need to reduce Elk from the Salt Wells and Adobe Town HMA’s (excuse me he was able to get the decree to change Salt Wells HMA to a zero population HA).
Photographer and Journalist
December 5, 2017 at 1:42 am
Unfortunate and political, rather than science and common sense attributes. E.g. the wolves in Idaho drastically-hated (ignorance and bigotry is not a pretty picture, ever!) and the kill-off continues. What does science or common sense have too say about it? The Elk and Deer, due to nothing really chasing the browsers currently from their over-browse (especially along creeks and river banks), or a low population of predatory situations, and we have streams showing conflict of fisheries and destruction by cattle, deer, Elk, et al. . .
Grasslands are also taking a big hit from browsers due to lack of predation and natural circumstances lacking, all from a healthy wildlife ecology that existed at times, but certainly not now; whereas, ecological zones once rich in vegetation due to an abundant amount of diversified wildlife, are barely hanging on; YET, destruction in total has become the future in Idaho if things do not change In their environmental landscape, and if ignorance continues to prevail.
Wild Horses supply a natural circumstance of seeding, FOR EXAMPLE, via their waste products (i.e. the small bags of grass-seeds carried to areas they browse), and with a healthy environment of predators, do not over-browse what so ever, and often, as science shows us through Natural Selection, maintain population, of browsers when wildlife abundant and RESPECTED. . .
December 8, 2017 at 5:01 pm
Last year when they rounded up Frisco HMA (not sure on the exact numbers) they sent all the young captured horses for adoptions and released the older mares and stallions. At that time they pzped22 “All” the mares released. I assumed they were not going to touch this herd again for a few years since they got away with making it a nonproducing herd (at least for 12-24 mn.) What a tragedy to continually mess with the uniqueness of the herd both socially and genetically. It brings me to tears at times.
I would like to do more research on the Salt Wells HMA to find out all the subsidies, animal control, removals along with the unique structure of the herd. Is most if not all the data buried so deep that goal would be impossible?
December 8, 2017 at 6:40 pm
Very valuable information is included in the maps in this document. The maps show the grazing allotments on each HMA. (This is a keeper!)
“Overview of the Management of Wild Horses and Burros” – Animal Welfare Institute
Click to access AWI-WL-FinalWildHorseandBurroReportWithStateMaps10-26-12.pdf
You can locate farm subsidies for welfare ranchers here: https://farm.ewg.org/
Be aware when reviewing the BLM data that a lot of it has been proven fraudulent – especially population increases that BLM has stated increase by MORE than 100% in one year – sometimes even over 1000% in ONE year! Biologically impossible.
Even with this BLM link, it will require searching because yes, most historical wild horse and burro data is now unavailable thanks to BLM’s agenda to hide the truth.
Photographer and Journalist
December 4, 2017 at 5:36 pm
Within the matters of cattle, ranchers leasing then re-lease Public Lands (very illegal to feed others cattle on Public Leased Lands) — in the matters of wild horses, well, summing both up, whenever a Bureau of Land Management person say’s anything, ask for proof, ask for the LEGAL REFERENCES of them doing whatever it is they are attempting to sneak through illegally, and make sure it is written and signed by the person you spoke with — WE INTEND TO START MAKING ALL BLM EMPLOYEES, ET AL, RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT THEY TELL THE PUBLIC. WE NEED NAMES, POSITIONS THEY FILL, AND WHAT IT IS THEY ARE ATTEMPTING TO CONVINCE YOU IT IS A LEGAL SITUATION.
Unsigned EA’s on Internet are not a legal document, and in accord with legal process must be signed — within this context the responsible person (the signer of the EA, et al.) becomes answerable to any problems the public at large may have, and contact that person.
Our intention is to make government employees responsible for their actions!
December 4, 2017 at 11:43 pm
John, Blessed you are to be back with your health (?) and words of wisdom. Do you have the ear of a competent law firm? Kathleen
On Sun, Dec 3, 2017 at 10:37 AM, Photojournalist – Journalist wrote:
> Photographer and Journalist posted: ” I find it interesting that the > Bureau of Land Management, also allowed by the Department of the Interior > (oversight agency), to complete such obvious Illegal Activities — as no > legal process has been given to the taxpayer public that the Conger and > Fri” >
December 5, 2017 at 12:29 am
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December 5, 2017 at 8:02 pm
October 30, 2017 Department of the Interior ethics complaint
Click to access bloomgren_ethics_investigation_letter_final.pdf
December 7, 2017 at 8:14 pm
From PUBLIC CITIZEN (excerpts from 6 page document)
October 31, 2017
Department of the Interior’s Designated Agency Ethics Official
1849 C Street, NW, MS 7346
Washington, DC 20240
Public Citizen, Climate Investigations Center, and Friends of the Earth respectfully request that the Office of Ethics of the Department of the Interior determine whether former Acting Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director Megan Bloomgren violated 18 U.S.C. §208(a) by participating personally and substantially in particular matters in which entities with which she had arrangements or was negotiating for prospective employment had financial interests. We believe that Bloomgren may have been discussing post-government employment with the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the DCI Group at the time she participated in Department of Interior meetings regarding the offshore oil and gas extraction executive order, and meetings concerning National Monument designations, and meetings with representatives of the oil and gas industry. API and DCI Group appear to have financial interests in all these matters. Although key facts remain unknown to us, Public Citizen, Climate Investigations Center and Friends of the Earth believe that Bloomgren’s participation in the matters should be investigated as potential violations of 18 U.S.C. §208 for possible referral to the Department of Justice.1
Bloomgren’s Government and Post-Government Employment
Before joining the administration, Bloomgren served as the Vice President of DCI Group, a lobbying and crisis communications firm serving the oil and gas industry. DCI Group clients include ExxonMobil and Energy Transfer Partners. In December 2016, Bloomgren was appointed to the Department of Interior transition team.2 Once the new administration took office, Bloomgren became Acting Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.3
During her government service, Bloomgren was present at Senior Staff meetings where energy issues were very likely discussed, and present at a number of meetings specifically regarding energy issues. These meetings included topics like the National Monument Executive Order, oil and gas leasing on federal lands, and the offshore energy Executive Order. Bloomgren also attended meetings with Secretary Ryan Zinke and representatives of the oil and gas industry in which a variety of tax, regulatory, infrastructure, and investment issues were discussed.
Click to access bloomgren_ethics_investigation_letter_final.pdf
December 12, 2017 at 8:42 am
Title 18 or the United States Code regarding falsification of legal documents. Making false statements (18 U.S.C. § 1001) is the common name for the United States federal crime laid out in Section 1001 of Title 18 of the United States Code, which generally prohibits knowingly and willfully making false or fraudulent statements, or concealing information, in “any matter within the jurisdiction” of the federal government of the United States, even by mere denial Title18 U.S. Code § 1519 – Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations Current through Pub. L. 114-38. (See Public Laws for the current Congress.) US Code.
December 12, 2017 at 8:44 am
18 U.S. Code § 1001
Statements or entries generally
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully—
falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or
makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry;
shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both. If the matter relates to an offense under chapter 109A, 109B, 110, or 117, or section 1591, then the term of imprisonment imposed under this section shall be not more than 8 years.