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 video icon.  

October 6, 2020 – Day 1 – Morning

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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:

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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

Title Video Link
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

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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

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Welcome to Second Day: Announcements, Meeting Survey Results, and Reminders – The Langdon Group

Population Management New Science – Redge Johnson and Eric Thacker

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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

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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 - Tracey Wolfe, Gary McCuin, and Barry Perryman

(pdf file of breakout session topics)

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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

Title Video Link
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