S.1579 – Senate Version of the Restore Our American Mustangs Act (ROAM)

August 11, 2009

Senator Robert Byrd has sponsored a Senate version of the Restore Our American Mustangs (ROAM) Act, formerly known as HR.1018. The Senate version is numbered S.1579.
Here’s a link to the bill:

http://www.aowha.org/documents/s1579.pdf

After giving it a cursory reading the language appears to match the version of the bill passed by the House.
We’re working on generating support for the bill along with encouraging a few minor improvements, such as making the bill applicable to all free-roaming horses and burros on Federal lands and fixing a couple of minor technicalities. More info will follow.
Aside from fixing those troublesome issues caused by the Burns stealth rider, S.1579 should:
1. Provide a more concise definition of “thriving ecological balance” and it reasserts relevant Federal land use policies.
2. Convert some “authorized” activities and methods into “required” activities and methods with respect to taking inventory, making determinations and application of peer reviewed scientific methods as the basis for developing management strategies, and it requires consistent evaluation and management practices across all public lands.
3. Permit BLM to establish sanctuaries and exclusive use areas, however the Secretary is required to assess and report on a number of conditions specifically listed in the bill prior to establishing those areas.
4. Authorize BLM to identify and appropriate additional rangeland for wild horses and burros through various means, subject to the conditions and requirements set forth elsewhere in the bill. Those conditions include avoiding any potential conflicts with other lawful public lands activities and uses as identified in the bill.
5. Require BLM to develop and implement enhanced fertility control, as is presently used by a number of private sanctuaries and non-BLM horse management agencies. While the science of equine fertility control is relatively new, it shows great potential in reducing horse recruitment rates (expansion of populations as birth rates exceed mortality rates) without decreasing the genetic diversity of the herds.
6. It charges BLM with the responsibility of undertaking all practical options for maintaining a thriving ecological balance on the range.
7. Prohibit BLM from maintaining horses in prohibitively expensive contract corrals and short term holding facilities for longer than six months, upon which horses in such holding facilities must be moved to more cost-effective facilities or appropriate alternative ranges.
8. Charge BLM with improving its marketing strategies with specific examples provided.
9. Reinforce BLM’s authority to remove horses and burros under conditions stipulated in the original Act.
10. Require BLM to provide additional data with respect to its management activities, and that data is to be more transparent and available for public inspection on the BLM website.
11. Expand BLM’s ability to enter into cooperative agreements to address program deficiencies and needs.
12. Outline specific program reporting requirements so that Congress and the American public can be informed as to BLM’s progress with respect to complying with the provisions of this bill.
If you agree that this bill will benefit America’s wild horses and add professionalism to the management of our public lands, please contact your senators and urge them to support S.1579.
http://www.senate.gov
(Use the “Find Your Senators” feature on the upper left corner.)

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10 Responses to “S.1579 – Senate Version of the Restore Our American Mustangs Act (ROAM)”

  1. Lona Says:

    Thanks for posting ths here and on Horse Tweet Pam, I didn’t know how.

    Now if only WY had different Congressmen and women…Susan Wallis might as well be there with the one’s we have…they are cut from the same cloth 😦

  2. Lynn Bauer Says:

    Pam –
    Thanks for the link – didn’t known what the Senate Bill number would be. We’ll be writing our Senators – thanks for everything you’re doing!!
    Lynn and Kathy


  3. This is for readers my web at

    A tribute to Ginger Kathrens and Clouds Herd ~ They are real Hero’s.

    http://spirithorsebr.tripod.com/index.html

  4. golde w Says:

    When looking at all the links here….I can’t help but think, that if we all banded together…and stood as ONE…how powerful it would be in trying to accomplish our common goal…..of saving our wild horses….we need somehow to establish a “Wild Horse Congress”…of all these folks and make a noise heard in the halls of congress….any ideas how??……

  5. Charlene Smith Says:

    I agree with golde’s comments about consolidating (at least for information, etc.) one place. I have been trying to write to support and ask questions and can’t believe how many places/organizations there are. Gets confusing.

  6. GOLDE W Says:

    Charlene…a good place for information regarding wild horses.. current legislation, history, science,solutions,etc…is wildhorsepreservation.org

  7. jan sterling Says:

    PLEASE FORWARD THE ROAM ACT TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS WHETHER THEY ARE HORSE LOVERS OR NOT – MUSTANGS ARE A HISTORICAL PART OF OUR AMERICA – THEY NEED TO BE SAVED!!!!!

  8. GOLDE W Says:

    Please write and call these Senators who are on the committee that will decide whether or not the ROAM ACT will go to a vote in the Senate!!!!

    SENATE ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE

    Chairman Jeff Bingaman (NM
    703 Hart Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510 Phone:
    (202) 224-5521
    TDD: (202) 224-1792

    Byron L. Dorgan (ND)
    322 Hart Senate Office Bldg
    Washington, DC 20510
    Phone (202) 224-2551
    Fax (202) 224-1193

    Ron Wyden (OR)
    223 Dirksen Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510-3703
    Phone: (202) 224-5244
    Fax: (202) 228-2717

    Tim Johnson (SD)
    (202) 224-5842, faxing (202)228-5765, 136 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510.

    Mary L. Landrieu (LA)
    328 Hart Senate Building
    United States Senate
    Washington, DC 20510
    Voice: (202)224-5824
    Fax:(202) 224-9735

    Maria Cantwell (WA)
    511 Dirksen Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    202-224-3441
    202-228-0514 – FAX
    202-224-8273 – TDD

    Robert Menendez (NJ)
    528 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-4744

    Blanche Lincoln (AR)
    355 Dirksen Senate Building
    Washington, DC 20510-0404
    Phone: (202)224-4843
    Fax: (202)228-1371

    Bernard Sanders (I) (VT)
    332 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-5141 Web Form: sanders.senate.gov/contact/

    Evan Bayh (IN)
    131 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-5623

    Debbie Stabenow (MI)
    133 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-4822

    Mark Udall (CO)
    317 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-5941

    Jeanne Shaheen (NH)
    (520 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-2841

    Lisa Murkowski (AK)
    709 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-6665

    Richard Burr)
    217 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-3154

    John Barrasso (WY)
    307 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-6441

    Sam Brownback (KS)
    303 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-6521

    James E. Risch (ID)
    483 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-2752

    John McCain (AZ)
    241 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-2235

    Robert Bennett (UT)
    431 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-5444

    Jim Bunning (KY)
    316 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-4343

    Jeff Sessions (AL)
    335 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-4124

    Bob Corker (TN)
    185 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-3344

  9. Deborah Simpson Says:

    We want Ken L. Salazar and BLM to resign from our horse & burro program.

  10. sarah glenn Says:

    I am sorry but I don’t agree with the codicils you are asking for.

    Example:

    “Authorize BLM to identify and appropriate additional rangeland for wild horses and burros through various means, subject to the conditions and requirements set forth elsewhere in the bill. Those conditions include avoiding any potential conflicts with other lawful public lands activities and uses as identified in the bill.”

    Other lawful public land activities include cattle ranging and mining. We need this bill to address the environment AND the wild mustangs. I don’t see anything in your wording that is really helpful. I can’t sign that wishy washy statement. Who wrote that, some stool from the BLM?

    And number 7-“Prohibit BLM from maintaining horses in prohibitively expensive contract corrals and short term holding facilities for longer than six months, upon which horses in such holding facilities must be moved to more cost-effective facilities or appropriate alternative ranges.”

    What is a more cost effective holding facility? What alternative range? They were on a range…leave ’em there!

    We are trying to stop round ups..PERIOD.


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