Have you registered for the ZOOM meeting to discuss the future management plan for the wild horses of Theodore Roosevelt National Park? You can pre-register for the event here: https://empsi.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Xm0AeNRoQ5G2-9NAwDEC5Q
When you register, you are also allowed to submit questions at the time you register. This is leading us to believe that they will NOT be taking questions on that day but simply answering pre-submitted questions.
THE WILD HORSES OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK NEED YOUR HELP NOW MORE THAN EVER!!!!
This management plan has been over SEVENTY YEARS in the making! These horses need you to be their voice to make sure the proper things get into their management plan! We created a post a few days ago with important information during this first of many comment periods for the development of the management plan. You can view that post here: https://chwha.org/2022/03/18/wild-horse-management-plan-comment-time/
PLEASE make sure you are commenting on the management planning website: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=167&projectID=105110&documentID=119270&fbclid=IwAR2FTyFLa2gOMqgcw39Qtb_EjFcCoKkZIhVvN-nkGnXZkdMFv8oKc8MP8nY
IF YOU HAVE ANY SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS – PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU SUBMIT THEM AS WELL!! Website links DO NOT COUNT AND WILL NOT BE LOOKED AT!!!
As promised – we have a couple of exciting advocacy updates for you!
Here is the first one!
I had the EXTREME pleasure of speaking with Dr. Castle McLaughlin yesterday! It was so awesome to hear her stories of the history of the horses in TRNP! It was also disheartening to both of us to see the same devastating patterns continue to repeat over the years with regards to the proper management of the wild horses of TRNP. She was Curator of North American Ethnography at Harvard for 25 years! Her specialty is the historic and contemporary American west, especially the Plains. She is an anthropologist who focuses on the American west and has conducted research with both Native and ranching communities in North Dakota. Castle also co-founded the Nokota Horse Conservancy (with Frank & Leo Kuntz) and was Vice President for many years. Of course, she is also the author of the research paper “The History and Status of the Wild Horses in Theodore Roosevelt National Park” which can be found in the library section of our website.
After about 2-1/2 hours on the phone yesterday, we both know we will be staying in touch as she is committed to rejoining the world of much needed advocacy for the wild horses in North Dakota!
My heart was extremely happy yesterday!! We are still sharing and exchanging information via email and this morning; this was part of an email I received from Castle:
“I’m very grateful for your advocacy for the horses and so impressed with your ability to identify and address the key issues-and then take appropriate and impactful action.”
I am extremely humbled to have someone of her stature say those words to me. We are eternally grateful to her for all of the hard work and dedication she has given to wild horses in North Dakota, both in TRNP & the Nokota horses, that laid the groundwork for our advocacy work today.
We have one more exciting update coming either later today or tomorrow so be sure to check back!
Thank you for your support!