Relating to responsible management and renewed recognition honoring America’s wild horses and burros as being important national heritage resources. (Introduced in the Senate)
S. J. RES. 149
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 6 (legislative day, JANUARY 3), 1989
Mr. REID introduced the following joint resolution; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
Relating to responsible management and renewed recognition honoring America’s wild horses and burros as being important national heritage resources.
Whereas wild horses and burros are part of our national heritage;
Whereas they are part of the ecosystem and rangelands of the United States;
Whereas wild horse and burro management should provide for their continued long-term existence and well being, in ecological balance with other multiple uses;
Whereas the Bureau of Land Management is charged with the management responsibility of these animals and their habitat;
Whereas the agency must be given the support to accomplish this task; and
Whereas wild horse and burro support groups and all resource users should be involved in consultation, cooperation, and coordination during the land-use decisionmaking process: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That it is the policy of the United States —
(1) to name March 21 (the first day of spring) as ‘National Free-Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Day’.
(2) to encourage national recognition of the intrinsic value of the wild horses and burros.
(3) to draw national attention to the need for management based on scientific principles of herd dynamics, habitat condition and trend, allocations of forage, habitat utilization levels, and conflict of use resolutions; further, that all this be accomplished in the spirit of cooperative management with all resource users; and
(4) to honor wild horses and burros as living symbols of the western development era, and to honor their hardy nature. With the American frontier long since closed, these animals remain among the last representatives of the freedom spirit of the ‘Old West’.