THANK YOU to everyone who submitted comments to Theodore Roosevelt National Park for the new wild horse management plan. Thank you to everyone who shared their comments to us! The Park has a lot to consider for sure!
Since the Park changed this process from the original “scoping” period to an “information gathering session” they will be looking at the comments that were submitted and we would assume they will be drafting new analysis that they will move forward to either the Environmental Impact Statement or the Environmental Assessment that they are required to do under NEPA Policy. There will be another public comment period BEFORE they begin that process. We would expect that process to begin some time soon. Once they have decided on which analysis they will be moving forward with, the NEPA process will take quite a while to complete. This entire process is expected to take 1-3 years. During that time, we will have one additional public comment period (in addition to the one that just ended and the one that will be coming soon) – for a total of 3 public comment periods. These public comment periods are EXTREMELY important, so please make sure you are sharing your comments with the Park whenever we are given the opportunity throughout this process.
Just because this portion of the management planning process is complete, DOES NOT mean that Chasing Horses Wild Horse Advocates will hit the pause button on our advocacy work.
We have several things we are working on, including:
- Our FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) appeal. Information that we are trying to get through this process WILL help with this management planning process and is EXTREMELY important!
- We are working with members of Congress to get the wild horses of Theodore Roosevelt National Park protected under their own public law – similar to the Shackleford Banks wild horses at Cape Lookout National Seashore.
- Several other projects that we are working on both independently and with our legal team that we hope to be able to share with you soon – all benefit every single wild horse in Theodore Roosevelt National Park!
We still need your help! Our current legal fees are sitting at around $9,900! We have been able to raise some of that with your support, but we need to make sure that we have Eubanks and Associates working with us through every step of this process! As a 501 (c)3 organization, your donation is 100% tax deductible. There are several ways that you can support us listed on our website here: https://chwha.org/support-chwha/
Thank you again for your support and we will keep you updated here on when the next public comment period begins as well as any other news we hear regarding the future management of the wild horses that call Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Medora, ND home.
TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!!!!
Chasing Horses Wild Horse Advocates is committed to advocating for a wild horse management plan and protection for these unique wild horses that call Theodore Roosevelt National Park home! We are fighting for a management plan that is guided by science especially when it comes to decisions regarding the removal of horses and the administration of birth control. Many other wild horse management plans have proven to be successful with their science-based plans. We are asking for the same for this amazing group of wild horses that call Theodore Roosevelt National Park home.