Protection of the Wild Horses in Placitas, New Mexico
WHOA has been working since 2002 with the residents of Placitas and the NM State legislature, through NM State Senator Komadina, to protect the Placitas Wild Horses as well as the rest of the wild horses in New Mexico.
The Placitas Wild Horses range from Placitas and the adjacent BLM, through the San Felipe Pueblo to the Santo Domingo Pueblo, and have been found on both sides of I-25 and roam east into the Sandia Mountains. This herd, as with any wild herd, is made up of many small bands who roam mostly in their own territories, but still come and go, especially individuals who get kicked out of their bands and then go to form other bands for the purpose of maintaining genetic viability.
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Current Issues: BLM Rio Puerco Resource Management Plan Revision
The BLM Rio Puerco Resource Management Plan (RMP) Revision process, which was started In March 2008, will include the Placitas-area BLM, which accounts for less than 1% of the total land included in the plan, but will have a vital impact on the Placitas-area Wild Horses. There are many competing interests for the Placitas-area BLM, many of which may be proposing plans that could have a critical impact on the viability of the wild horses, as well as the quality of life for the adjacent Placitas community.
WHOA, The Placitas Coalition, and The Wildlife Corridors of New Mexico (Pathways) held a public meeting in Placitas to inform the community of the upcoming BLM RMP and allow them to provide public comment on the RMP. WHOA also briefed the community of WHOA's plans for a Wild Horse Park, Pathways' activities on behalf of Wildlife Corridors, and to alert the community to two alternative and opposing proposals to that of a Wild Horse Park: The NE Corridor and the West-Wide Energy Corridor. (See the presentation from the Placitas Public Meeting on the BLM RMP - pdf)
WHOA will be submitting a Wild Horse Park / Wildlife Corridor proposal for the BLM Rio Puerco RMP. Below is a brief discussion of the WHOA's work on the Wild Horse / Wildlife Corridor, followed by a discussion on the other two major proposals for the BLM RMP, both with their own distinct sources of support:
Wild Horse (State or National) Park and Wildlife Corridor
You can also complete and submit a BLM Comment Form regarding the BLM Rio Puerco RMP and state your support for a Wild Horse Park / Wildlife Corridor on the Placitas-area BLM.
Competing RMP Proposals
NE Corridor Highway (aka Loop Road)
The Sandoval County Planning and Zoning department has included a proposed Northeast Corridor (aka Loop Road) in their Sandoval County Development 2007 Report (see p.15). The 2007 Report was being held under close wraps, until WHOA was able to obtain a copy after much difficulty from the P&Z department. Since the time that WHOA disclosed the plan to the public, the P&Z has published the 2007 Report on the internet.
Previous Loop Road proposals have been met with strong opposition from the Placitas community and have been discounted by studies done by the Middle Rio Grande Council of Governments (MRGCOG) and by the NM State Highway Department; nevertheless it continues to be proposed by Sandoval County.
Bottom line: The NE Corridor/Loop Road is incompatible with the continuing viability of the Placitas-area Wild Horses.
West-Wide Energy Corridor
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 provides for federal agencies to designate energy corridors on federal lands in 11 western state for a variety of energy related purposes. and to expedite applications to construct or modify oil, gas, and hydrogen pipelines and electricity transmission and distribution facilities. (see the West-side Energy Corridor Programmatic EIS Information Center)
A draft of the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) has been published and the Placitas-area BLM has been designated as part of the proposed corridors in New Mexico (see draft map). While an Energy Corridor could conceivable be compatible with the continuing viability of the Placitas-area Wild Horses, and possibly even a Wild Horse Park, it would adversely impact the quiet, pristine, rural environment that both the Wild Horses and residents of Placitas love and cherish. In addition, to actually implement the Energy Corridors and connect the various designated federal lands, private property and possibly Placitas residential neighborhoods would need to be taken by Eminent Domain.
What Can You Do Now
Write the BLM, Livestock Board, all your representatives, and NM Attorney General Patricia Madrid. Ask them to leave the Placitas Wild Horses alone and to stop considering them or any other horse as estray or Livestock, as case law does allow.
Tell them this country was built on the backs of horses and to let them live free of Spring round-ups (where mothers and foals are often a casualty as they were this Spring in the El Rito Round-ups) and wild horses should be considered ahead of commercial cattle in our Congressionally mandated Wild Horse Territories.
Tell them to support the Anti-Horse for meat Bill (H.R. 857) Sponsored by Representatives John Sweeney (R-NY) and John Spratt, Jr. (D-SC). 65,000 horses went for meat last year according to US Department of Agriculture, under the new transportation law.
Tell them to stop importation of millions and millions of tons of beef from South America, depressing our beef industry so that they are after our wild horses due to grazing competition. We only have 218 Wild Horses officially allowed and designated as wild in our entire state across ten Wild horse territories including one BLM sanctuary. On all but one of the ten, horses are out numbered by cattle by at least 100-to-1.
Tell them to respect SMJ(96) and let our NM wild horses remain free even if they have to be moved to the Congressionally mandated Wild Horse Territories in order not to interfere with development.
Sign the Anti-Horse for Meat petition on web. (Over 7,000 signatures so far!!): http://www.petitiononline.com/trotaway/petition.html
Junior Optimist Club of Placitas -
Takes Action in Support of Their Wild Horses
The children of the Junior Optimist Club of Placitas, New Mexico got together with pencil, crayon, and paper to send letters of support for the Wild Horses of Placitas. See all their wonderful drawings.
The Children of Santo Domingo Elementary School -
Take Action in Support of The Placitas Wild Horses
The children of the Santo Domingo Elementary School got together with pencil, crayon, and paper to send letters of support for the Wild Horses of Placitas. See all their wonderful drawings.
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