Siskiyou, South County

‘Spain seeks more wild horses, even as U.S. & Australia seek fewer’ – Why?

As we see in the published research and media, Europe is ahead of the U.S. on climate and ecological issues, including implementing wildfire fuels reductions using the native herbivory.
I began sharing my experience with ReWilding Europe in 2018, after experiencing the beneficial results of wild horse grazing during the Klamathon Fire (38,000 acres, wind-driven).
I was on the Camp Creek fire-line for 9-days as the local knowledge advisor to CALFIRE and studied the behavior of the wildfire in areas of different fuel loads:

This is the last photo ever taken by my wife, Laura Simpson, who was killed by toxins (not carbon-monoxide) in the smoke from the Klamathon Fire.

ReWilding Europe is the leader in native species wildfire fuels grazing in Europe, and they have a wildfire-focused journal called; ‘GrazeLIFE.  

ReWilding Europe’s team of scientists requested to publish my Preliminary Study on the benefits of our local herd of wild horses here on the Oregon-California border as the inaugural article for GrazeLIFE in 2019, which they did.

Our local herd of wild horses (the pilot Wild Horse Fire Brigade) made CALFIRE’s suppression efforts on the Klamathon Fire more effective via the large grazed-in fire breaks and safe-zones in areas unsuited for livestock grazing. The Cascade Siskiyou National Monument and the homes and towns beyond were spared incineration as a result.

The insurance industry analytics and credit rating company AM BEST produced a TV show about Wild Horses and Wildfire, which can be seen at this Link:

Out today:  
Spain seeks more wild horses, even as U.S. & Australia seek fewer’:

And that new article follows on the heels of recent news from Portugal, where another wildfire was stopped by wild horses:

The YouTube video (linked below) by the European reforesting org ‘Mossy Earth’
 in Portugal discusses how ‘Wild Horses stopped a major wildfire there’.
Note: If you want to skip right to their discussion on wild horses stopping a wildfire, go to the 3-min. 20-second mark in the video…
Here is their video:
Quote from ReWilding Europe:

“A proven solution

There is no single measure that can prevent catastrophic wildfire breaking out again in Serra da Estrela, or in any of the other fire-prone landscapes across southern Europe. But rewilding and natural grazers can both support prevention and can help fire-damaged areas recover more quickly and significantly boost their wildfire resilience and biodiversity at the same time.”

We see the success stories all-around, so why are we suffering all the foot-dragging by some of our elected officials and politicians?

In 2018, the deadly 38,000 acre Klamathon Fire approached the area where our wild horse grazing program had been underway.  

When that wind-driven wildfire reached the landscape (fire-breaks) of reduced grass and brush fuels, it lost steam and CALFIRE was able to suppress that wildfire before if reached the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and incinerated it, which was downwind from the landscape treated by the wild horse grazing.  It was a huge success.

I was on the fire-line of that fire for 9-days observing the fire behavior in the areas prodigious fuels, and when it reached the landscape of reduced fuels. 

AM BEST TV produced a short documentary on our wildfire fuels mitigation plan called ‘Wild Horse Fire Brigade’.

Here is the link to the video at AM BEST TV:

ABC NewsWatch 12 produced a 3-min. video about our Plan:

We have a business plan and are looking for seed capital for a large-scale pilot (100,000-200,000 acres) in the form of a tax-deductible donation to our nonprofit. 

These media stories offer varied perspectives on the resulting value propositions that stem from improved management of wildfire fuels via cost-effective wild horses.

1. NPR national Science

2. AM BEST TV (Insurance Industry):

3. Chronicle of Philanthropy:

4. The HILL:

5. ABC NewsWatch:

6. Sacramento Bee:

7. GrazeLIFE (a publication of ReWilding Europe):

8. Horse Canada:

9. German Horse Magazine – Feine Hilfen:

10. HorseTalk New Zealand:

11: KHON Honolulu: New Research Reveals Natural Selection Has Many Facets Affecting Genetics & Foal Survival Of Wild Horses

12. Sierra Nevada Ally:

13. Outsider Magazine:

14. EnviroNews:

Regards, William

  • Water rights reformers scored only a minor victory in the Legislature
    by CalMatters, CalMatters Network September 17, 2023 A centerpiece of California’s perpetual political and legal wrangling over allocation of water is the complex array of rights that stretch back to the earliest years of statehood in the 19th century. Simply put, those who claimed water before 1914, when the state assumed legal control, have “senior … Read more
  • Gavin Newsom signs law boosting minimum wage for fast-food workers. Is $20 enough?
    by CalMatters, CalMatters Network September 28, 2023 Stay up-to-date with free briefings on topics that matter to all Californians. Subscribe to CalMatters today for nonprofit news in your inbox. Earning $17 an hour at a Los Angeles Jack-in-the-Box, Anneisha Williams has struggled for years to keep up with rent and bills. The Inglewood native is … Read more
  • 7 Million Cubic Yards of Dead Algae and Mud to be flushed out to Sea From PP&L Dams
    So How Much Is One Million Cubic Yards? One Million Yards of litter from Californias Roadsides is enough to build two stacks of trash from the Earth’s surface to beyond the International Space Station, 250 miles in orbit. according to the Office of Governor. Here in Siskiyou, a county larger than Connecticut and Delaware with … Read more
  • Fire Restrictions lifted on Klamath National Forest
    Forest Service News Release Yreka, Calif., September 28, 2023— Recent weather conditions have lessened the fire danger on the Klamath National Forest, and fire restrictions will be lifted effective September 28, 2023 across the forest.Forest officials stress that the Northern California fire season is not over, and care and common sense must still be used … Read more
    The best way to strengthen your volunteer fire department is through excellent leadership! Learn the skills to help, recruit and retain the best people in your community. The highly interactive course will explore the dynamics of leadership and what the current fire service demands.   Continental breakfast both days, lunch  on day one included. This training is  offered at … Read more

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *