Welcome to the Central Idaho High Desert and Challis Wild Horses
PROJECT WILD LOVE PRESERVE: BRINGING ALL STAKEHOLDERS TOGETHER TO WORK COLLABORATIVELY
What: Project Wild Love Preserve addresses all facets of regional wild horse management on home turf in Central Idaho. Founded 2010, the mission of Wild Love Preserve (WLP) is to protect and preserve native wild horses in their native environment and nurture the legacy of indigenous ecosystems as a whole, on respective public and private lands, in a collaborative, responsible and sustainable manner with regional engagement and benefit. All is interconnected - kindness, mutual respect, science and education are paramount. As result of our programs we have saved American taxpayers $3.5 million dollars since 2013.
Why: There exists extreme controversy in the West. Social and economic conflict surround our iconic wild mustangs protected by law under the 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act. There is stiff competition for resources on multi-use public lands between ranchers with grazing permits for private livestock, big energy, recreational use, environmental balance and native wild horses that know this western wild range as home. Designated public lands for wild horses have diminished drastically since 1971. Stakeholders are often locked in opposition when it comes to population count, management and whether wild horses are a native wildlife species.
There are approximately 50,000 wild horses in longterm holding facilities, an estimated 35,000 - 45,000 remain on our wild public lands in 10 Western states, of which 53.8 million acres total in 1971 is now restricted to 31.6 million acres with 26.9 million acres under Bureau of Land Management (BLM) management. Helicopter roundups, removals, transport, longterm holding facilities cost taxpayers over $77+ million in 2014 alone. Wild horses, of course, pay the ultimate price. The BLM is responsible for managing native wild horses on our multi-use public lands as per the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. That said, the system is in need of a shift in perspective and the BLM is admittedly looking for new and sustainable wild solutions.
How: Now five years in motion, Project Wild Love Preserve's all-inclusive, multi-dimensional model in wild mustang management benefits the wild, stakeholders and taxpayers. Viewed a paradigm project, since inception Wild Love Preserve has chosen a path of bridging divides and bringing stakeholders together in a new light, offering a fresh way of daily being, much needed collective harmony and co-existence. It takes a village to implement lasting positive change. Together we can rise above drawn lines if we so choose.
We invite you to learn more and join us.