Collaborative Working Group interview process
In 2007 the Forest Service agreed with the Federal Court stipulation to involve the public and comply with NEPA in their development of the Heber Wild Horse Territory management plan.
As a means to gather public input they opted for a collaborative approach which would include a ‘working group’. Arizona State University's School of Sustainability along with Southwest Decision Resources (SDR) conducted 28 interviews in order to gain public opinion and recommendations for the management plan as well as to select their working group panel.
In March of 2017 the interview process for the working group began with emails being sent out to various people including three from the Heber Wild Horses Freedom Preservation Alliance. There were ten basic questions that were asked during the interviews. In July 2017 an interview synthesis prepared by SDR was released.
A working group panel was chosen. Mary Hauser was selected to be our group’s representative. However, the majority of individuals and agencies participating were anti wild horses. The working group meetings, which were closed to the public, began in Aug 2017.
The Forest Service was under no obligation to follow the final recommendations of the collaborative board and working group.