Hello and Happy Wednesday!
Thank you to everyone who has emailed, PM’s us and commented on our blog from yesterday. If you have not read it yet, please do! It shows the depths that Theodore Roosevelt National Park is willing to go to in order to move forward with their plans to eliminate the ENTIRE herd of horses from the park boundaries by feeding the public their false narratives.
On Friday, we will be hosting a new Horse Talk and will be going over this process and what your comments should look like. This event is FREE but we do ask that you register in advance. I will give a short presentation and then take questions from all of you.
We also want to let you know that next Friday (10/13/2023) our friends at Equine Collaborative International will be hosting a Zoom meeting with us to talk about the Theodore Roosevelt National Park wild horses and the Draft EA that was released. This event is also FREE, but you have to email ECI to reserve your spot. You can email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
As many of you know, Theodore Roosevelt National Park originally planned to hold their civic engagement meeting yesterday (10/3/2023) but Chasing Horses Wild Horse Advocates reminded them that that meeting was in direct conflict with the Medora City Council meeting. The date has been changed and the meeting will now be held NEXT Tuesday, October 10th at 6 pm MST. This meeting, like all of the other meetings, will be held virtually.
What can you expect?
You can expect a presentation by the Park filled with reasons why they have to eliminate the horses. The presentation will absolutely support the Draft EA they released. They have stated after the presentation, they will answer questions. Remember, they are ONLY giving the public 1 hour for this meeting. In the past, that one hour has been pretty much a drop-dead hour. They also seem to pick and chose the questions they will answer, and any answers given are scripted responses. Expect to leave the meeting even more pissed off than you already are!
If you STILL want the entertainment – here is the information on how to attend this meeting:
During the public comment period, the park will host a virtual public meeting from 6-7 P.M. Mountain Time (7- 8 p.m. Central Time) on October 10, 2023.
The NPS will give a presentation on the Livestock Plan Environmental Assessment. After the presentation, NPS staff will answer questions.
Please click on the link below at 6:00 P.M. Mountain Time (7:00 P.M. Central Time) Tuesday, October 10, 2023 to join the meeting. If you join the meeting late, you can catch up with the meeting in real time by fast forwarding in Microsoft Teams.
The BEST way to show up for these horses is to make sure you send in your comments! As we said above, we will be talking about this on Friday and will start our series of blog posts on this topic next week.
We DID get a comment letter shared with us by a follower. While it does not offer any real constructive alternatives or answer to the Draft EA directly, we did think you would fully enjoy it and can probably relate to most of what is said.
“I hope TRNP park leadership finds a way to manage a limited herd of horses in TRNP. I visited TRNP last year to visit the horses. So cool to see them there. Rather than doing a roundup of the horses, it would be easier and less expensive to do a roundup of TRNP leadership, hand out some pink slips, and then bring in new leadership. If more time were spent figuring out a plan to support the horses and wildlife, versus pushing all the unnecessary papers, TRNP would be better served. And, I think Teddy Roosevelt would probably feel the same way. After all, it’s pretty clear to me that the TRNP leadership just wants the horses out of the park. The documents, comment period, and back/forth is just a check the box process to make that happen. Maybe, they will put some electric charging stations for electric vehicles in TRNP after they remove the horses. Really unfortunate for the horses, TRNP, North Dakota, and the US.”
Thank you for your support and have a GREAT day!