Healthy Herds on Healthy Ranglands

    FREES logo with horse head, mountain, water, and grassFree Roaming Equids and Ecosystem Sustainability Network (FREES)

    Who We Are

    Delegates from over 79 different organizations convened at the Free-Roaming Equids and Ecosystem Sustainability Summit, held October 6-8,2020, in Cody, Wyoming, in search of common ground to achieve the goal of "healthy herds on healthy rangelands." The theme of the 2020 Summit was “Connecting the Dots.” To address delegate needs, the Summit was a hybrid meeting  - consisting of both on on-site and virtual presence. Over the 3 days, speakers and participants both on-site and virtually shared their stories, new research, program updates, needs, and hopes.  

    2020 Free Roaming Equids and Ecosystem Sustainability Summit "Connecting the Dots"
    Recorded presentations from the Summit (link will open a new page)
    2020 FREES Summit "Connecting the Dots" Evaluation Report and Working Group Priorities for 2021

    FREES seeks to enhance communication and engage diverse stakeholder groups in meaningful dialogue as we work together. 

    Why We Care

    As of March 1, 2019, the BLM estimated that there were 89,000 free-roaming equids in BLM-administered HMAs. This is more than three times the ecological balance. Not every HMA is affected adversely, but where there is an overabundance of free-roaming equids, they impact the overall health of the U.S. western public rangelands by degrading ecosystem functions and reducing the forage and water available for domestic and native wildlife species. 

     

     

    Upcoming Events

    • Population Management Working Group next meeting Dec. 15, 2020, at Noon Mountain Time
    • Rangeland Conditions and Habitat Working Group next meeting to be determined
    • Outreach and Communication Working Group meeting to be determined

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