ATTENTION Researchers! Wyoming grants aim to boost wild horse research

(reblog)  Wyoming agriculture officials are one step closer to granting researchers a portion of $250,000 allocated by Gov. Matt Mead for wild horse research in the state.

The department received more than 10 proposals for grant-funded research projects, with topics ranging from wild horses’ interaction with the range to population control methods.

“Our goal is to get information and specific data that is lacking or that BLM doesn’t have,” said Chris Wichmann, natural resource and policy manager at the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. “We want actual data on the ground that can help the state and BLM with the management of wild horses.”

Money will be divided into three categories for grant approval:

•Wild horse populations and statistical methods
•Wildlife and rangeland conditions
Development of a wild horse scientific summit.
Wyoming agriculture industry leaders say the data could help steer the wild horse conversation away from emotion and toward science.

“We need to bring the discussion back to management of the resource on public and private lands as opposed to horses versus cows,” said Jim Magagna, executive director of  Wyoming Stock Growers Association. “Some solid data with regard to forage consumption and related issues could be helpful in doing that.”

Ken Hamilton, executive director of Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation, said that the money may not be enough to solve the issue but that it will provide data for a scientific start to finding solutions.

“With this issue, it is extremely important to try to work for a solution,” Hamilton said. “The current solutions we have are just stopgap measures.”

The agriculture department will work with a panel of four legislators, including agriculture committee chairmen Sen. Gerald Geis, R-Worland, and Rep. Robert McKim, R-Afton.

A decision is expected in late January and early February.

ATTENTION Researchers And. Advocates ! This $$ is destined for YoU! Rachel Reeves, Ginger Kathrens, the Cloud Foundation, Laura Leigh, WHE, RT Fitch and more….

Wyoming grants aim to boost wild horse reasearch
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Fed Court FORCES *Dept of Interior* to “Consider the SCIENCE” directly in its Face!

¤~”Federal Court FORCES Interior Department to Consider «Scientific Evidence» -Regarding Wild Horse Management”
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| shared by {the Cloud Foundation} on May 10, 2012 … <°÷≈¢

¤~ Honorable U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell stated in her 23-page opinion that the agency
“may not
simply *remain studiously ignorant* of material scientific evidence – well known to the agency – –

and brought directly TO its attention in timely-filed comments.” !!!
• She *decisively Rejected* the BLM’s attempt
to Exclude
–» the expert declarations from the agency’s ~decision-making process~
and Affirmed that *the Court would
consider* the “material scientific evidence”
contained IN the declarations as in future rulings in the case.~¤

{here's more}–»
http://thecloudfoundation.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/federal-court-forces-interior-department-to-consider-scientific-evidence-regarding-wild-horse-management/

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