Hello and Happy Sunday!
Yesterday was a busy day! We went to another one of the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Coffee with the Legislators”. This week, we were glad to see Senator Jay Elkin and Representative Mike Lefor. Representative Lefor is also the ND House Majority Leader. We got to ask him some questions, which was good because he was on the call with Governor Burgum and Senator Hoeven with the NPS Director Sams.
He said that the call was about 1 hour and 15-30 minutes and that they all got to speak out about their concerns about Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s plans to eliminate the ENTIRE herd of horses from the park. He said that Senator Hoeven did a good job discussing the position of our North Dakota legislators. Senator Hoeven reiterated that the state of North Dakota stands ready to help the park in any way they can to help allow the horses to stay in the park. Representative Lefor said that he thought that NPS Director Sams was taking their concerns to heart. He believes that it was a very productive phone call.
Senate Concurrent Resolution SCR 4014 was before the Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week for testimony. They expect that to be voted on early to mid-week this week. Representative Lefor said that if the ND Senate messages it over to the ND House, the entire resolution process could be completed in about a week to 10 days. He promised his support in the ND House. He was going to check in with the senators and see if they can message the resolution to the house.
It has been a CRAZY TWO MONTHS since the park announced their plans to eliminate the entire herd of horses. Our work is far from over, but with your help, we have come sooo far! Thank you for your continued support!
Thank you also to the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce for this Saturday morning platform. It has really helped our advocacy work.
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.