Free Roaming Equids and Ecosystem Sustainability Network

The 2022 Free-Roaming Equids and Ecosystem Sustainability Summit Achieved Goals !!

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Who We Are

The Free Roaming Equid and Ecosystem Sustainability Network (FREES) are concerned Americans working to achieve the goal of healthy humans and wild horses on healthy western landscapes.  There are more wild horses inhabiting these landscapes than the habitats can support. They are degrading the habitats for themselves, humans, livestock, and native wildlife. There are disagreements regarding how best to manage wild horses and burros. The disagreements must be mediated using new tools that allow all to visualize the challenges. Better management of wild horses will improve the habitats for all. Native Tribes, land grant universities, and 70 other agencies and organizations representing every cross-section of ideas, values, and emotions of this issue are part of FREES. 

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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Upcoming Meetings



    • Upcoming Webinars

      The Free Roaming Equid and Ecosystem Sustainability network will host two free public webinars on April 5, 2023 and April 25, 2023 to demonstrate PopEquus and answer questions about the model. The webinars will feature scientists from the USGS and BLM who helped develop the tool. PopEquus press release.


    USU professor trying to solve wild horse overpopulation problem

    Apr 20, 2023, 9:49 PM | Updated: Apr 21, 2023, 9:17 am

    HEFNER, Utah — Horses are long considered a symbol of the American West. There are well over 80-thousand wild horses and burros across the western U.S. and they’re a constant concern for both wildlife managers and animal activists.



Free Roaming Equids and Ecosystem Sustainability Network

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