Wild horse advocates have worked diligently over the years to secure long-term protection for horses in the Salt River area of Arizona's Tonto National Forest. Now, the Forest Service's plan to construct a fence that threatens the very existence of this historic herd is currently underway. We must act now to stop this disastrous project from jeopardizing the survival of Salt River wild horses!
The Salt River Horse Collaborative, a group stacked with biased, anti-wild horse members, has proposed a plan that threatens the Salt River horses. As part of the Collaborative's input, the Forest Service is currently constructing fencing along the lower Salt River in the Tonto National Forest. The fence will block horses from getting to both the river and half of their protected habitat guaranteed to them by state law. It will also force horses into high visitor use areas, therefore increasing dangerous interactions between people and horses.
A volunteer group called the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG) was named the state contractor for the humane management of the Salt River wild horses. This group collaborates with the Forest Service and the Arizona Department of Agriculture (AZDA) which have jurisdiction over the Salt River herd. In this capacity, the group has instituted a highly successful program of grassroots volunteer work utilizing humane fertility control, documentation, monitoring horse health, and both public and animal safety issues—all at no expense to the state or federal government. These advocates are asking for a modification of the fencing to mitigate the calamitous effects of the fencing as it stands now.
The SRWHMG knows what is needed to protect the Salt River horses more than any other entity. Despite the Group's knowledge, its common-sense input has been largely overlooked in favor of the Salt River Horse Collaborative's short-sighted plan to construct a fence. The negative impacts of this plan and the fact that the iconic Salt River wild horses are supposed to be protected by state law must be addressed.
Please contact U.S. Forest Service officials to modify the fence along the lower Salt River in the Tonto National Forest! The survival of Salt River wild horses depends on it!
1. Call two Forest Service officials that have authority over this matter:
- Neil Bosworth, Tonto National Forest Supervisor, (602) 225-5200
- Matt Lane, Mesa District Ranger, (480) 610-3301
You may wish to say:
Please modify the fence along the lower Salt River in the Tonto National Forest which will drastically impede the well-being and ultimate survival of the Salt River wild horses. If completed as planned, the fence will force horses into high visitor use areas and will increase dangerous interactions between people and horses. Please work with the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group and use the Group's proposed solution to move most of the fencing farther away from the river in an angle toward the road. This would serve the original purpose of the fence and still give the horses a chance to get to the river.
2. Please follow-up up with an email (with your personal touch) to the Forest Service and Arizona Department of Agriculture.
Protect the Salt River Wild Horses
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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