2020 Summit - Connecting the Dots

    2020 Summit - Connecting the Dots

    Presentations from the 2020 Free Roaming Equids and Ecosystem Sustainability Summit are below in order of program appearance.  To view the presentation, click on the play button, then click on the three dots and choose the full screen option (you can leave the video alone once it plays, but it will remain very small).  The "esc" button will return you to your normal screen.  

    October 6, 2020 – Day 1 – Morning

    Opening Remarks for the Summit from John Derek Scasta

    Welcome to the FREES Summit from Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon

    Comments from BLM Deputy Director of Policy and Programs William Perry Pendley

    Summit and Free-Roaming Equids and Ecosystem Sustainability Network Overview/rules of conduct – Elizabeth Spaulding, The Langdon Group

    Connecting the Dots: FREES Actions and Accomplishments - What we hope and need to accomplish - Barry Perryman and Celeste Carlisle

    Telling the Wyoming Story – Richard Loper

    Wyoming House District 28 – John Winter

    Game and Fish and AFWA Overview – John Kennedy


    Wyoming Department of Agriculture - Horse Research Program – Doug Miyamoto

     Wyoming Stock Growers Association – Jim Magagana

    Private sanctuaries/horse ranches in Wyoming:

    Friends of a Legacy (F.O.A.L.) Advocacy Group for McCullough Peaks horses
    Marion Morrison and Michaele Dimock

    Wild Horse Preservation Society - Wild Horse Ranch
    Alexander Sas-Jaworsky II, PE

    Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary, established 2016
    Dwayne Oldham

    Questions and Answers

    October 6, 2020 – Day 1 – Afternoon

    Updates from Federal, State, and Local Agencies

    Bureau of Land Management – David Jenkins

    Forest Service – Terry Padilla

    Montana - Science and Conservation Center (darting and tracking)
    Kimberley Frank and Kayla Grams

    California - Devil's Garden Wild Horses, Modoc National Forest
    Laura Snell

    Utah - Public/Private Partnerships
    Redge Johnson

    Ute Tribe – Jaime Arrive


    Communication and Outreach Working Group

    Land Grant University and Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Task Force  - Terry Messmer

    Healthy Horses on Healthy Rangelands Business Plan – Redge Johnson  (pdf of draft Business Plan)



    NEW SCIENCE: Report on the National Survey - Public Attitudes Regarding Free Roaming Equids – Nicki Frey (pdf file of handout for breakout session) 

    Reconvene into large group, meeting evaluation – Elizabeth Spaulding

    October 7, 2020 – Day 2 – Morning

    Welcome to Second Day

    Announcements, Meeting Survey Results, and Reminders – The Langdon Group


    Population Management New Science – Redge Johnson and Eric Thacker

    NEW SCIENCE: Horse mortality and capture techniques - Derek Scasta

    NEW SCIENCE: Gelding - Sarah King

    NEW SCIENCE: IUD Research - Candace Lyman

    Questions and Answers

    Population Management Working Group Update - Redge Johnson and Eric Thacker

    Fertility Control Toolbox (overview of immunocontraceptive, IUD, and surgical options) – Ursula Bechert (pdf file of handout for breakout session)

    Constraints of Implementing Fertility Control and Removals – Mark Fraker
    (pdf file of handout for breakout session)

    Population Modeling – Celeste Carlisle, Katie Kraska, Kate Schoenecker, Stephanie Boyles-Griffin

    Questions and Answers to working group panel

    Overview of Breakout Sessions Management Scenarios - Redge Johnson and Eric Thacker
    (pdf file of handouts for breakout session, Hope Valley and Model Mountain examples)

     Reconvene Breakout Reports on Management Scenarios 

    October 7, 2020 – Day 2 – Afternoon


    Rangeland Condition and Health New Science (pdf file of breakout session topics)
    Tracey Wolfe, Gary McCuin, and Barry Perryman  

    NEW SCIENCE: Sage-grouse leks and horses – Peter Coates

    NEW SCIENCE: Sage-grouse nesting and horses – Jeffrey Beck

    NEW SCIENCE: Horse, sage-grouse, and pronghorn resource selection – Jacob Hennig



    Relating Range and Body Condition – David Stoner

    Holding and Public-Private Partnerships – Gary McCuin and Barry Perryman

    Questions and Answers


    Reconvene whole group for breakout reports and meeting evaluation

    October 8, 2020 – Day 3 – Morning

    Welcome to Day 3 – Connecting the Dots

    Announcements, Evaluation Results, and Moving Forward – The Langdon Group

    Panel on Understanding Legal Precedence and Implications

    Constance E. Brooks, Redge Johnson, and John Ruhs

    Reports from Breakout Sessions

            Outreach and Communication

            Population Management

            Rangeland Condition and Management


    Identification of Action Items – Elizabeth Spaulding, The Langdon Group

    Perspectives on the Future - Engaging the Youth of America

    Hollee Wood and Jacob Hennig

    Concluding Comments – Terry Messmer