Chasing Horses Wild Horse Advocates has just submitted the following proposed concurrent resolution to one of our North Dakota state legislators. They will review and modify the document if need be and take care of all of the legalities associated with it. The concurrent resolution will be submitted by January 26th to be voted on during this 2023 North Dakota legislative session.
THANK YOU! To everyone who answered the call to contact our state legislators! Thank you also to our wild horse lobbyist friends for all of your help and support! Together WE made a difference!
REMEMBER! This is just ONE PIECE of the photo being framed for the fight for the wild horses at Theodore Roosevelt National Park! The BIGGEST thing you can do to help them is make sure they have your comment! We will be sharing more this week on how to make your comments count!
Please share your comments no later than January 31, 2023, online through the PEPC website at: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/LP
Or in writing to:
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
PO Box 7
Medora, ND 58645
Thank you for your support!
A concurrent resolution urging the U.S. National Park Service to preserve the horses residing within Theodore Roosevelt National Park and urging the U.S. Congress to assist with preserving this historic herd.
WHEREAS the National Park Service has stated the Service’s intentions to eliminate the horses from Theodore Roosevelt National Park; and
WHEREAS the National Park Service was established by Congress in 1916 through the Organic Act (54 U.S.C. § 100101 et seq.), which provides that the National Park Service “shall . . . conserve the scenery, natural and historic objects, and wild life [and] provide for the enjoyment of the scenery, natural and historic objects, and wild life in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations;” and
WHEREAS the horses of Theodore Roosevelt National Park are acknowledged, by the National Park Service among others, as historically and culturally significant to the State of North Dakota and the history of the United States; and
WHEREAS the horses of Theodore Roosevelt National Park were a significant part of President Theodore Roosevelt’s experience in the State of North Dakota, now serving as a living legacy to President Roosevelt, and are important to maintaining the historical setting of his era; and
WHEREAS the late Robert Utley, former Chief Historian for the National Park Service has repeatedly stated that the horses in Theodore Roosevelt National Park were an inherently significant resource that fell under Sec. 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966; and
WHEREAS the horses of Theodore Roosevelt National Park bring tourism to the state and elimination of the herd poses concerns for the local businesses and negatively impacts preservation and appreciation of our state’s history; and
WHEREAS the last public comment period for this management planning process in April of 2022 generated 1,774 responses from all 50 states and 58 countries, showing national and international interest in the horses of Theodore Roosevelt National Park;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF NORTH DAKOTA, THE SENATE CONCURRING THEREIN:
That the sixty-eighth Legislative Assembly urges the National Park Service to preserve the horses residing within Theodore Roosevelt National Park and urges the U.S. Congress to assist with preserving this historic herd.
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.