Wild Love Preserve Overview
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Suite C100, Box 326
Target demographics: collaboratively manage all facets of wild horse population in a new, inclusive, manner at home on native turf, with community support & benefit.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Native Challis wild horses, numerous species of threatened and endangered fishes, wildlife, and plants. Regional community of ranchers, locals, environmentalists. Wildlife research. Tax-payers. Native wild horses in other regions. Idaho State Tourism.
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Help spread awareness of Wild Love Preserve: Website and/or Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wild-Love-Preserve/190966127580798
Geographic areas served: Wild Love Preserve is located in Central Idaho, to include the Challis Herd Management Area, Challis and Clayton Idaho, the East Fork of the Salmon River and the Pahsimeroi. Working model may serve other western states and regions addressing wild horse populations on public and private lands.
Programs: 1. PZP-1YR Wild Horse Population Management Program
2. WLP Adoption Project
3. Wild Horse/Wild Adventure Eco-tourism
WLP addresses all facets of regional wild horse population management at home, from collaborative work in the wild to those permanently removed from the wild by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The intent of WLP’s Regional and Sustainable Wild Horse Management Program is to collaboratively manage native wild horse population(s) in a humane, non-lethal, responsible manner that eliminates the need for federally funded helicopter roundups that result in extreme expense, tragic loss of life, removals and family displacement, followed by long-term holding facilities, or worse.
WLP is creating a new working model in coexistence and a vested interest by the community. Focus has been on bringing all sides together in a new light to benefit the wild and the whole, create jobs, new sources of regional and state revenue. Success requires community engagement and benefit. WLP's interest is in implementation of working solutions versus displacement of issues. This all-inclusive approach to addressing native wild horse population(s) at home offers a viable and beneficent alternative to the current BLM system and has growing support from the community.
WLP Programs include Responsible and Sustainable Wild Horse Population Management, WLP Adoption Project, Education and Awareness, Community Involvement and Eco-tourism. Wild Love Preserve is privately funded via donors, grants, sponsors.
The WLP Adoption Project. The 2012 BLM Helicopter Roundup of the Challis HMA resulted in 167 wild horses being permanently removed from this 154,150 acres of wild public lands, leaving an estimated 185 Challis wild horses on the range. WLP was present during the roundup and immediately put in motion development of a community focused program to address the Challis wild horses removed as result, that would not be adopted otherwise. Consequently, no Challis wild horses displaced in 2012 were shipped out of the state to BLM longterm holding facilities elsewhere, such as Oklahoma, or worse. Currently there are over 50,000 wild horses in BLM holding facilities. According to the Bureau of Land Management this is the second largest adoption in BLM history. As of Summer 2013 WLP has adopted 128 Challis/Idaho wild horses, to include 22 babies born to our adopted pregnant Challis wild mares.
WLP brought all sides together to create the WLP Adoption Project, resulting in an evolving success story. Thanks to unprecedented teamwork, WLP has secured the lives of these regional wild horses in a new manner at home and is establishing a permanently protected range on WLP private wild expanse in Central Idaho. WLP has pulled these native wild horses from the existing taxpayer funded system and has established a fluid working relation with the Idaho BLM.