Hello and Happy Friday to everyone!
WHAT A WEEK THIS HAS BEEN!!!!
As part of our promise here at Chasing Horses Wild Horse Advocates to advocate for our beloved herd of wild horses from EVERY angle, we have been hard at work trying to find other ways to save this herd!
Of course, the #1 way you can help with that is to make sure that you participate in this LAST public comment period. Superintendent Richman still has not answered our extension request but did say in an interview this week that there would “likely be an extension”. We will let you know as soon as we hear anything from the Park.
We are continuing to see how we can get state and/or federal protection for these horses.
Today, I spoke with our North Dakota State Historical Preservation Office. As you know, one of the things Chasing Horses Wild Horse Advocates has called into question is the historical and cultural significance of these horses.
I was told today by our state’s Historical Preservation Office that whenever something like this is being done on federal lands, their office, and their lawyers have to investigate. They are in the process of that investigation and will also be submitting formal comments to the Park.
Public input is something that also weighs in on their process!
You know what that means….
A NEW Call to Action!
We need EVERYONE to take a moment to SNAIL MAIL a quick note to the North Dakota State Historical Preservation Office. You can customize your letter in whatever way you choose. The letter should say something to the effect of:
I am writing to request that the wild horses in Theodore Roosevelt National Park be considered a significant historical and cultural resource to the state of North Dakota.
If you want to learn more about this, you can look at Section 106 of the Historic Preservation Act. You can read all about it here: https://www.gsa.gov/real-estate/historic-preservation/historic-preservation-policy-tools/legislation-policy-and-reports/section-106-of-the-national-historic-preservation-act
We also have an interview with Robert Utley in the library section of our website. I had the honor of speaking with him before he passed away. As the person who helped write Section 106, he strongly felt that the wild horses of Theodore Roosevelt National Park should be protected under Section 106. You can also download the interview with Robert Utley here:
Also, if you remember, from NPS 2022h, the Park made A LOT of references to Section 106 – so apparently this is a concern for them too!
This is a quick and easy way for you to make a difference for this herd and help the Historic Preservation Office make their decision.
Your letter should be sent to:
North Dakota State Historic Preservation Office
612 E. Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58505
Attn: Bill Peterson
We also hope that you have taken a moment to send your email to Secretary Haaland in our other Call to Action from this week: https://secure.everyaction.com/5pWZb1KoLUO0EDlYwRHEMA2
Thank you for taking a moment to do this simple action and thank you for your continued support!
Have a great weekend!