The sun actually rose this morning! I got to experience it in all its beautiful glory! We have had sooo many days of fog that it gets easy to forget just how beautiful the sunrise is here in North Dakota!
I also feel like I have been walking through the fog here too! Can you believe that it has been 40 days since Theodore Roosevelt National Park announced their plans to eliminate the ENTIRE herd of horses from the park?!
A lot has happened since December 12th!
With your help, we have reached our North Dakota State legislators! Yesterday, they sent the resolution to be drafted! It will be introduced and voted on in this session! They heard your voices LOUD & CLEAR!
We have done everything we can to keep this story in the news – including volunteering to free-lance write for our local newspaper! We need to update the news section, but you can view some of those stories here: https://chwha.org/chwha-in-the-news/
This morning, we will attend another Coffee with the Legislators that is being hosted by the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce. We will share that video when it becomes available. If you have not seen last weeks, you can view it here: https://youtu.be/GmrfOtRj0i8 Fast forward to 1:15 to see their response to our questions on the horses in TRNP – INCLUDING North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley (3rd speaker)!
We have TEN (10!) DAYS LEFT for this comment period!
After this comment period is over, the park will begin the Environmental Assessment process. That means they will look at the comments they received and decide what other alternatives to consider as they continue to work on their management plan for these horses. The next public comment period will be where you can comment on what they already decided. THIS comment period is for you to let them know WHAT to consider as they move forward with their plans!
Have you sent your comment letter in yet? We posted a sample comment letter that you can customize to let them know what you want them to consider for the future of this herd. You can view that post here: https://chwha.org/2023/01/20/sample-comment-letter/
In these last 10 days, we need to get some support from our federal government. We gave you 2 additional “Calls to Action” this week. One asks you to contact the Department of the Interior & The National Park Service https://chwha.org/2023/01/18/call-to-action-10/ and one asks you to contact North Dakota’s Federal Legislators https://chwha.org/2023/01/16/15-days-call-to-action-9/. We will have another “Call to Action” for you next week so make sure you get these done over the weekend!
Remember, no matter what “Calls to Action” you choose to answer, the #1 Call to Action we ALL have is to send in our individual comments to the park!
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!
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.