Paul Spencer 
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Re: “Equine overload

As soon as I read the first paragraph, I knew that your article would elicit only negative comments on this web-site. Good try, though, to bring some rationality to the subject.

There were 15,000 feral horses on the rangelands of the Yakama Nation within the last 5 years. The land can support maybe 1,500. There is little competition on these particular lands from sheep or cattle.

I don't know the statistics about grazing allotments on federal lands in general, but they are few and highly restricted on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. And early-seral habitat in general (mostly meadows or open timberland) is declining.

Were public lands over-grazed over the past 100 years? Yes. Could it happen again? Sure, but the best preventative is involvement - preferably in a collaborative mode.

I don't know if all of the commenters hear are vegan; but, if you like red meat from sources other than CAFOs, the animals must graze.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Paul Spencer on 04/20/2013 at 7:09 PM

Re: “Outsider for Interior

She may be exactly what is needed - much as the Yakima Basin Plan is. If anything, Salazar was too much politician. I agree with jr2jr2000 that land management is huge, but I doubt that she will dismantle the bureaucracy at BLM, which is where the land management actually is planned and implemented.

Posted by Paul Spencer on 02/14/2013 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Hail the collaborators

Wow. The first 3 comments prove that Knudsen's concerns are well-founded.

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Posted by Paul Spencer on 07/05/2012 at 3:37 PM

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