We get asked this question just about every day!
How Can I Help?
We know that it is hard to sit back as we wait for Theodore Roosevelt National Park to release their draft Environmental Assessment (EA). Once they complete their Draft EA, it will go to the regional office to be reviewed and signed off on and then it will go to Washington DC for approval. Once those steps are completed, they will release the Draft EA to the public and we will have 30 days to comment.
THAT is the most important thing all of us can do – when that time comes!
What do we do in the meantime?
My other hat is a small business owner in a shop right down the street from the park. We have literature available at our store and utilize every opportunity to talk to people about Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s plans to eliminate ALL of the wild horses from the park. You would be AMAZED at how many people STILL have no idea about the park’s proposal to eliminate this herd! Then, we tell them, like we are telling you right now, please watch our social media pages and our website. We will let you know when it is time to comment and how to do that. We will also let you know of any new Calls to Action that come up.
We have heard from several people that there is a petition going around. We have not seen this petition and have no idea who started it or what it looks like, but if it is a petition asking the park to keep the horses, at this point, we are beyond that. It won’t hurt, but we don’t think that it will help either. THAT is a great example of WHY we need to work together!
We also have people saying they will contact the ND state legislators or the ND federal delegates. All of us that have been at this since the park made their announcement in December already did that! They are ALL on our side, more importantly, they are all advocating WITH us to save the wild horses of TRNP. THEY, just like all of us, are waiting for the park to release their draft EA.
I PROMISE that every single week – sometimes multiple times every week – I am talking to American Wild Horse Campaign, Heather or Linda from Save Our Wild Horses, Ashley Avis from The Wild Beauty Foundation, our state legislators, our federal delegates, Governor Burgum’s office, The National Park Service and if you can believe it – EVEN other wild horse advocates like Wild Lands Wild Horses, Wild In North Dakota AND North Dakota Badlands Horse! There is A LOT happening behind the scenes – I PROMISE! Yesterday, I had a GREAT phone conversation with ND House Majority Leader Mike Lefor. This morning, I have already been communicating with American Wild Horse Campaign. I PROMISE! When it is time to contact anyone – we will let you know so that your time is spent in the most effective way possible to advocate for our TRNP wild horses.
In the meantime…
- Share our posts to help educate people and let them know that this herd is in danger of being wiped from the beautiful badlands landscape here in North Dakota!
- Spread the word! Talk to anyone and everyone you can to let them know that these wild horses need our help!
- We are ESPECIALLY looking for college students to help us with our advocacy work. IF you know or come across them, please have them email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have several ways they can help!
- If you are interested in sharing our brochures, stickers, postcards or business cards, please email us at email@example.com and let us know! We will be happy to send you whatever you want to help us advocate! We just got a fresh batch of brochures in, and we are coming off a busy week with the rally – if you asked and haven’t received any yet, please send us an email again. We apologize!
- Look at organizations like: Save Our Wild Horses, In Defense of Animals, American Wild Horse Campaign, Wild Horse Education, The Wild Beauty Foundation, Oregon Wild Horse Organization, Veterans for Mustangs, Equine Collaborative International and The Cloud Foundation – there are so many other wild horse herds that need our help and so many amazing organizations doing so much to help them!
- Please help support our advocacy work! We have a billboard to pay for, zoom subscriptions, general website fees, etc. We also spent over $5200 on the Bully Pulpit Rally and have only recouped about $3200 of that! There are several different ways you can donate to help listed on our website: https://chwha.org/support-chwha/
- We also have some rally programs, mugs, T-shirts and tank tops available! Please visit this website to order: https://chasinghorses.com/collections/chasing-horses-wild-horse-advocates-merchandise 100% of the profits go directly to our organization to help support our advocacy work.
Thank you for your help and support and have a GREAT day!
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.