For a while now, I’ve wondered why wild horses aren’t used for fire protection and weed abatement. Well, I haven’t actually wondered because I know why they aren’t used… but I guess what I’m saying is I wish they could be used for weed abatement and fire protection, because they do it already, basically, in the wild.
Do you remember when I worked at Halter Ranch and they adopted 3 pregnant Mama donkeys and one male, plus the 3 spotted donkey mama and baby pairs? Well, that was all for weed abatement. I think donkeys are perfect for wineries. They scare off the boar and birds, plus they eat the weeds/grasses. Wildlife corridors in large vineyards are essential. So much better than chemicals.
Anyway, this morning, I found this article very interesting. Perhaps you’d like to support
Here we go!
After years of hard work and sacrifices, and using thousands of dollars of our own money, we have finally completed our initial research, attracted an all-volunteer (not paid) team of dedicated wild horse advocates, and launched our new website.
I am grateful to be part of our professional board of advocates, who are from all walks of life and who share a deep interest in accomplishing the intelligent, cost-effective conservation of native species American wild horses.
Our Case Study from years of on-going (24-7, 365) field research with free-roaming wild horses in a fire-prone wilderness area, proves the value proposition to taxpayers by having native species American wild horses restored as keystone herbivores in designated (aka: critical) wilderness areas that are both economically and ecologically appropriate.
There is approximately 110-million acres of designated (critical) wilderness areas in America (and wildlife therein), all of which is currently at grave risk of incineration by wildfire. If just a tiny fraction of this vast landscape in the far western U.S. states was used for rewilding and humanely relocating unmolested family bands of wild horses, it would be more than enough to solve much of the wild horse management issues, as well as cost-effectively addressing wildfire fuels management via the symbiotic grazing of native species American wild horses.
Our Plan, Wild Horse Fire Brigade, provides a holistic, humane, cost-effective and natural method for keeping wild horses ‘wild & free’ by allowing them to resume their naturally evolved roles as keystone herbivores on remote wilderness landscapes where they will not be in conflict with ongoing demands by powerful economic forces.
The Wild Horse Fire Brigade plan incorporates a combination of rewilding wild horses from government holding facilities under existing law, and/or humanely relocating them away from areas where they are in conflict and slated for roundup and worse.
Each horse restored into an appropriate wilderness area provides approximately $72,000.00 worth of wildfire fuel reduction services over the course of its lifespan to taxpayers. This value greatly outweighs wild horses being slaughtered and used for pet-food, which yields a value to kill-buyers at USFS and BLM auctions of about $160.00 per horse.
Please join us and our dedicated team of professionals in providing a genuine solution for the plight of America’s remaining wild horses before it’s too late.
Our new website here —>>> https://www.WildHorseFireBrigade.Org
Capt. William E. Simpson II – USMM Ret.
Founder-CEO Wild Horse Fire Brigade LLC
Ethologist – Author – Conservationist
Wild Horse Fire Bigade
P.O. Bx. 202 – Yreka, CA 96097
Creator: Wild Horse Fire Brigade
Author @ HorseTalk
William E. Simpson II is an ethologist living among and studying free-roaming native species American wild horses. William is the award-winning producer of the micro-documentary film ‘Wild Horses’. He is the author of a new Study about the behavioral ecology of wild horses, two published books and more than 150 published articles on subjects related to wild horses, wildlife, wildfire, and public land (forest) management. He has appeared on NBC NEWS, ABC NEWS, theDoveTV and has been a guest on numerous talk radio shows including the Lars Larson Show, the Bill Meyer Show, and on NPR Jefferson Public Radio.
Check out William’s Film Freeway account for films, studies, TV & radio interviews, and more HERE: https://filmfreeway.com/WilliamESimpsonII