The Forest Service knew what was going to be expected from them regarding NEPA compliance and public input for the Heber Wild Horse Territory management plan. They wasted no time initiating the required steps in their attempt to eliminate the Heber herd through managing them to extinction. In fact, the first of the two meetings was scheduled for March 12, 2007, a day BEFORE the Court Stipulated Settlement Agreement was signed.
Excerpt from the Forest Service Public Notice regarding their “Open House”.
“A series of two open houses will be held. The first will be Monday, March 12, 2007 from 3 pm to 6 pm. The second open house will be Thursday, March 22, 2007 from 4 pm to 7 pm. The purpose of these open houses is to provide opportunity for interested persons to exchange information, identify issues to be addressed, or express concerns with feral horse management.”
The mindset of the Forest Service was made clear in the notice when they referred to the horses as “feral”. Court documents indicate the Forest Service could provide NO evidence that the horses were indeed “feral” and not free-roaming wild horses protected under the Act. Yet the very government agency tasked by law with the protection of the Heber wild horse herd continued to perpetuate their myth that the horses were “feral” possibly in an attempt to set the stage for their capture and removal.
Photos of Heber wild horses taken in 2007.