Join us on this epic adventure to ensure a legacy of lasting wildness for Idaho's wild horses and wild places. We have launched our Wild Love Legacy Campaign to raise funding for operations and Wild Love Preserve's 10,000-acre permanently protected wildlife preserve in the heart of Idaho wild horse country. Will Your Legacy Be One Of Freedom?
Wild Hearts Need Wild Spaces
We invite you to join us on this epic adventure to ensure a legacy of lasting wildness for Idaho's wild horses and wild places. Learn about our Wild Love Legacy Campaign to raise funding for Wild Love Preserve's 10,000-acre permanently protected wildlife preserve in the heart of Idaho wild horse country.
Will Your Legacy Be Wild?
Will Your Legacy Be Wild?
Today we launch our multi-phase Wild Love Legacy Campaign to support WLP operations and acquire our 10,000-acre permanently protected wildlife preserve in the heart of Idaho wild horse country. This is a WE project. That which we do today, shapes our tomorrow.
Will Your Legacy Be One Of Wildness? Visit: Wild Love Legacy Campaign
#IdahoGives is May 3
Friends - Join us this Thursday, May 3, for #IdahoGives and help us keep the wild in Idaho's wild horses + wild places! You do not have to be in Idaho to participate. We are raising funds for WLP operations and our 10,000-acre permanently protected wildlife preserve in the heart of Idaho wild horse country. Early pledges are open now, click here to donate: http://bit.ly/IdahoGives-WildLove
Unique to this campaign is that donations and grants made by check, or here on our website at DONATE, can be manually added to our total tally for May 3.
Thanks a million for your support!
Our mailing address is: 8202 NE State Highway 104, #102-33, Kingston, WA 98346
Dear Kitsap + Greater Seattle Area Friends,
In response to requests, Andrea will be giving a talk about the work of Wild Love Preserve at the Greater Hansville Community Center (GHCC) at Buck Lake on Tuesday, April 3 from 7-8:30 pm.
Join us in Hansville if you're in the area!
GHCC Address: 6959 NW Buck Lake Road, Hansville, WA 98340
FRIENDS - YOU ARE INVITED
Tickets Are Now On Sale! Join us on April 18 at The Sapphire Room at The Riverside Hotel Boise for Thundering Hooves + Wild Freedom 2018, featuring a.k.a. Belle, Eilen Jewell, Thomas Paul + Ryan Bayne Music. This will be a very special night of music, good energy, and wild hearts coming together to support Idaho's wild horses, wild places, and Wild Love Preserve.
Learn More + Purchase Tickets Here: http://bit.ly/2GjV7g3
Big Love + Thanks to The Riverside Hotel Boise, Lynda Johnson, Catherine Merrick, the fantastic musical line-up, and everyone participating to make this event possible on behalf of our wild side.
LOVE IS ACTION!
We Stand United on this International Women's Day! Wild Love Preserve is a woman-owned and operated nonprofit, so we are sharing this origins story from founder, Andrea Maki.
“I am a staunch advocate for integrity, kindness, compassion and action on behalf of our greater good. Animals have always been integral to my life and being, the health of the environment equally paramount. In 2010 I made a wild promise, which resulted in the formation of non-profit Wild Love Preserve. Little did I know at that time, the layered magnitude of this specific regional playing field for which I had just entered, and the array of stakeholders locked in opposition.
Wild Love Preserve has grown to a scale I did not originally anticipate, organically evolving into a new multi-dimensional management model simply by way of responding to the multitude of logistics unfolding at every turn. Challenges plentiful, perseverance and patience required.
WLP is about finding solutions and new ways of bringing people together. If you go in looking for a fight, you’re going to get a fight. If you approach with respect, kindness, patience and sincere interest in listening to differing perspectives, you can find common ground and open news doors to change. We can rise above drawn lines if we so choose.
Truth, sincerity, accountability, integrity, follow through and compassion are traits of my life, a reflection of the way in which I was raised, and qualities I personally prefer to see in terms of human co-existence. By design, this lasting project welcomes those who wish to make a lasting difference and believe positive change is always possible when we work together.”
Read more here: Wild Love Founder
In honor of the day, we invite you to support Wild Love Preserve: Donate Today
#IWD2018 #InternationalWomensDay #SupportWomenOwnedBussiness
Recently we received a donation, I responded with a thank you and then received the below letter in response. With permission granted, I am sharing this special story of a wild child's heart, action and desire to make a difference in this world. This purity of love, being, and truth is absolutely beautiful, and is a shining example of the love we are and the significance of a child’s truth - which is our future.
~ You're most welcome. My daughter, for all that she can't read written words, is a reader of the world and has a way of moving things when she's stirred and shaken. She's come home covered in blood with injured fawns and animals for healing, buries possum and squirrels and birds found in the woods with ceremony, and has been dreaming horses for many years now. She stumbled on a video about wild horses on Pinterest quite accidentally and was in tears from what she saw, with a lot to say about how it made her heart feel.
First she wanted to rescue them by bringing them all here to our 4 acre homestead! Eventually we talked toward helping those who have more land already, supporting their efforts. So after digging around for sanctuaries and watching the videos they had up, me reading to her what they had to say, she selected yours. She liked how you showed, she liked the music, she liked that it was called Wild Love, she wanted to know when could we drive out there and visit, how many days would it take from Virginia, could she ride the horses, and so on!
She lassoed her eleven year old sister into selling the earrings she makes (this daughter's passion is embroidering mandalas and jewelry making, they're so different in their interests yet both tender hearted!) and giving half the money toward Wild Love Preserve. I have them up on my blog (apocketofdreams.wordpress.com/portfolio/jewels/) with this quote from your website:
“Wild Love Preserve is named such because it is dedicated to the greater good of our wild planet, now and for future generations, centering on humanity, compassion, sustainability, two-legged accountability and our responsibility to the whole.” — Founder, Andrea Maki, 2010
That's a little bit more than you probably wanted to know, but it's part of the story of where those dollars were earned with possible more to come. She's a persistent little expressive fire child, and one day she may just make her way over thatta way. ~M
LOVE IS ACTION.
We have nice news to share with you. Because of Wild Love Preserve's due-diligence, collaborative, and pro-active efforts since 2010 with the Challis-Idaho BLM, there has not been a helicopter roundup of the Challis Herd since October 2012. Prior to Wild Love Preserve, the Challis BLM's intent was to conduct federally funded helicopter roundups and removals every other year. Presently, we are pleased to share yet another positive step forward. Wild Love Preserve and the Challis-Idaho BLM will work together on the current Environmental Assessment of the Challis Herd Management Area as a collective whole, and together develop a 10-year pro-active management plan for the Challis Herd in conjunction with, and relation to, this indigenous ecosystem on our multi-use public lands as an interconnected whole. This collaborative work sets yet another new precedent which serves to benefit our work on all six herd management areas in Idaho, as well as other wild horse regions in the west.
What does this mean? Wild loves, wild and free, courtesy kindness, mutual respect, and fluid communications between stakeholders.
To those who already believe in the mission of Wild Love Preserve and support our continued tenacity: Thank You so much for being part of this instrumental and historic change.
To others, we invite you to join us and help us keep the wild in our iconic wild horses + wild places by coming together. Wild Love Preserve is a grassroots, boots-on-the-ground, nonprofit organization that has persevered, no matter the odds, to show by way of integrity and action that rising above drawn lines benefits our greater good. At this time our need is to match our boots-on-the-ground work with necessary project funding that enables full implementation of our wildlife preservation and education programs. Thank you for your kindness in considering a tax-deductible donation: DONATE
What we do today, makes our tomorrow. Let's Keep It Wild Together!
Andrea Maki, Founder + President
Friends - February 21 is Idaho Humane Lobby Day in Boise. Honored to have Wild Love Preserve featured and be asked to speak about co-existence and our work in saving wild lives and habitats by way of bridging divides and bringing stakeholders together in a new light. If you are in Idaho, click here to learn more about this big day for animals: http://bit.ly/2sgSBnx
Andrea Maki + Wild Love Preserve
Friends - February is here and we're celebrating WILD LOVE MONTH! Love begets love and your giving hearts support lasting wildness and freedoms. We invite you to join us.
HELP US KEEP THE WILD IN OUR WILD HORSES + PLACES!
GIVE OF YOUR HEART + SPREAD LOVE HERE:
BIG LOVE, BIG THANKS!
Andrea + Team Wild Love
Back to Seattle, 1980. Stone Gossard and Andrea Maki first met in the halls of Northwest School at 14 years old, and have been trusted partners in crime since. Art and music are at their cores, accompanied by an awareness to act on behalf our greater whole. While Stone's path is his music and giving back, to include the Vitalogy Foundation, Andrea's lifetime career as a contemporary visual artist includes founding her non-profit Wild Love Preserve in 2010, and Stone was the first to step up and support the project. Stone and the Vitalogy Foundation have been instrumental in successes of Wild Love Preserve’s work with Idaho's Challis wild horses and the preservation of our iconic wild mustangs and wild places. Wild Love's innovative model has demonstrated via boots-on-the-ground implementation, how coexistence, humane treatment, sustainable management, protecting wild horses and indigenous habitats, and saving tax dollars, can work together to benefit stakeholders and our collective whole. Subsequently, Wild Love Preserve's model in wild horse conservation has garnered national attention and is being sourced as a framework for other wild horse regions in the West. Visit Pearl Jam News: Help Stone Gossard Support The Preservation Of Wild Horses
Here is a link to the Idaho BLM’s National Public Hearing requesting feedback on use of helicopters and motorized vehicles with the Challis wild horses. Comments can be made online or mailed to the Challis Field Office, click here for the details featured on KPVI Idaho news: http://bit.ly/2rckpZz. Due to government shutdown, the deadline for comments is now February 6, 2018.
Thank you in advance for sharing comments in support of Wild Love Preserve’s collaborative work on the Challis HMA and our population management program implementing Native PZP-1YR, which commenced following the 2012 Challis BLM Helicopter Roundup, as a humane and responsible solution to wild horse management on public lands, versus helicopter roundups and removals at taxpayer expense. Wild Love Preserve's wild horse conservation programs, on and off the range, have saved taxpayers over $7.5 million dollars since 2013.
This public hearing is, in part, a result of the lawsuit filed by Friends of Animals, an east coast nonprofit having no knowledge of the Challis wild horses, which halted a 2018 bait-trap gather with hay and water, that was scheduled in addition to our fifth year on the range remotely darting wild Challis mares with Native PZP-1YR. Watch this KPVI news feature from 2016 about Wild Love Preserve’s pro-active collaborative work with the Challis BLM and stakeholders: The Balancing Act of the Challis Wild Horses
Background: Watch Wild Love Preserve's narrated video story.
In 2012 Wild Love Preserve received grants from the ASPCA and the Vitalogy Foundation for five WLP volunteers to train at the Science and Conservation Center and receive EPA required certification to remotely deliver Native PZP-1YR in the field. In 2016, WLP founder, Andrea Maki, orchestrated and helped in teaching The Science and Conservation Center’s PZP training course for Idaho BLM employees from Idaho’s six Herd Management Areas, along with WLP partners at the Youth Employment Program of Idaho.
Talking Points for the BLM:
1) NO to helicopters and motorized vehicles at this pivotal juncture because we have a humane and all-inclusive wild horse conservation program in motion that needs to be given adequate time, attention, and funding by the BLM.
2) Allocate those resources required for helicopters, to instead fully fund and implement Wild Love Preserve's 5-year cooperative agreement with the BLM, which engages stakeholders, youth programs, and benefits the community.
3) Wild Love Preserve has demonstrated, via our programs and boots-on-the-ground implementation, that coexistence, humane treatment and sustainable management, protecting wild lives and indigenous habitats, and saving tax dollars, all work together within our multi-faceted model. WLP programs have saved American taxpayers over $7.5 million dollars since 2013.
4) Wild Love Preserve's inclusive conservation efforts offer a viable option to government helicopter roundups and removals, integrating total range health, collective harmony, balanced co-existence with indigenous wildlife, and livestock where applicable. The Native PZP-1YR fertility vaccine, which has proven safe and effective for over 25 years, is a key component of our multi-faceted conservation program. Educating stakeholders and the public to alternative options in collectively managing wild horse populations on native turf, by way of demonstration and implementation, serves to benefit other wild horse regions in western states, stakeholders, surrounding communities, and taxpayers.
5) Implement bait trap gather with hay, water or mineral blocks, if necessary, in conjunction with PZP fertility program, versus helicopter roundup and removal.
6) Thorough census count of Challis Herd, from ground and air, is needed prior to any removals.
7) Take into account retired grazing allotments that impact the Challis HMA. Herd Creek was retired at end of 2017.
Thank you for your kindness, time, and support of Wild Love Preserve and the Challis wild horses, and for being considerate in your comments to the Challis Idaho BLM.
Sincerely, Andrea Maki - Founder of Wild Love Preserve
WANTED: 136 SPONSORS FOR 136 WILD HORSES
Friends - While we simultaneously work to raise funds for purchase of Wild Love Preserve's permanent 10,000-acre wildlife preserve in Idaho, we are seeking 136 special wild horse sponsors for each of our 136 wild horses that permanently reside on the wild side at Wild Love Preserve. Our annual expense for our current 400-acre lease costs $530 per horse, per year. The math is $530 x 136 wild horses, which totals $72,000 for our annual 400-acre lease. You can sponsor as an Individual, or collectively as a Family, School, or Business. Our special annual sponsorship package for one year is $530 and includes a personalized sponsorship certificate, a gift of a special limited edition signature Wild Love stuffed pony, and a photo of a Challis-Idaho wild horse you are helping at Wild Love Preserve. You are welcome to sponsor more than one Wild Love wild horse, and we are happy to personalize and ship sponsorship packages as gifts. Sponsorship also makes for a perfect Valentine's Gift of wild love.
You Can Sponsor On-Line, Via PayPal, or By Check and Mail
Our New Mailing Address:
Wild Love Preserve • 8202 NE State HWY 104, Suite 102-33 • Kingston, WA 98346
Thank you much! -Andrea + Team Wild Love Preserve
Thank you Kitsap Weekly for this weekend's cover story about Andrea Maki and Wild Love Preserve. Note, Andrea is actually a Seattle native, now Kingston resident. Also, we don't file wild horse hooves, we had to purchase a $30K custom-built hydraulic tilt-chute to trim hooves, until we acquire our permanently protected wildlife preserve in Idaho and are able to turn out Wild Love Preserve's 136 Challis-Idaho wild horses. Read story with Maki photos here: http://bit.ly/kitsapweekly-wildlove2018
Numerous conversations have followed the Bureau of Land Management's National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting from October 2017 in Grand Junction, Colorado. This nine-seat volunteer advisory board is to represent all stakeholders and provides their recommendations in regards to the BLM's methods of management of America's wild horses under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.
Recently the conversation was brought to me again, and again I was asked why the Advisory Board was apparently quick to dismiss discussion of Wild Love Preserve's model in addressing all facets of regional wild horse population on home turf. I cannot speak for board members, nor was I able to be in attendance for the October meeting, however, I thought to share my March 2017 response to the Advisory Board, when I was questioned as being an apologist, or fan, of one stakeholder over another.
"I’m not a fan or an apologist of anyone, that is antithetical to the mission of Wild Love Preserve, our all-inclusive approach to nurturing indigenous ecosystems as a balanced whole, and responsibly managing regional wild horse populations on native turf with community engagement and benefit. I don’t find the blame game to be an effective path to opening lines of communication between differing stakeholders. My interest is in engaging in discussions that lead to solutions through listening and mutual respect. This is an accountability project and a humanity project. Wild Love Preserve works with the Bureau of Land Management, cattle ranchers, environmentalists, wildlife biologists, wild horse advocates, youth employment groups and regional communities, offering a mutually viable solution to helicopter roundups and removals. My role over the years, has, in many ways, been that of a moderator. Since 2010, Wild Love Preserve has been fully engaged in collaborative population management, accountability and pro-active programs that involve all stakeholders and address the health and balance of the range and this unique indigenous ecosystem as an interconnected and balanced whole. While differing opinions are a given, mutual respect in negotiations and dealings are integral in establishing common ground. We do not implement tools of litigation, instead, we work face-to-face with all stakeholders, finding compromise between differing perspectives through fluid communications in real-time." -Andrea Maki, March 2017
See WLP focal points below. Learn more about our collaborative range-work at Wild Wilds.
• Success requires fluid co-existence between stakeholders, vested interest by the region, community engagement and benefit.
• Humane, fiscally responsible, sustainable population management, Native PZP-1YR.
• Nurture the legacy of western wild horses in conjunction with all indigenous wildlife species within this unique ecosystem on our public lands.
• Fluid co-existence with livestock where applicable.
• Support a healthy, genetically viable native herd and ecosystem, in a lasting manner for future generations to equally experience, nurture, treasure.
Learn more about the mission of Wild Love Preserve.