FREES
Free Roaming Equids and Ecosystem Sustainability Network

Who We Are



The Free Roaming Equids and Ecosystem Sustainability Network (FREES) is a group of diverse organizations working for a common goal of “healthy herds of free-roaming equids (wild horse and burros) on healthy rangelands.” FREES seeks to enhance communication and engage diverse stakeholder groups in meaningful dialogue as they work to achieve equid and ecosystem sustainability. The FREES Network Endowment (Endowment) has been established in the Quinney College of Natural Resources (QCNR) at Utah State University (USU) with gifts from donors.

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

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Why We Care



As of March 1, 2021, the BLM estimated that there were 86,189 free-roaming equids in BLM-administered herd management areas (HMAs). This is considered to be three times more equids than the habitat can support. 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 themselves, domestic livestock, and native wildlife species.

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Free Roaming Equids and Ecosystem Sustainability Network

FREES Network
Utah State University
5230 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-5230

Email: FREES@usu.edu