Letter: Keeping wild horses honors Theodore Roosevelt's life
Medora, N.D. resident Dee Baertsch shares her opinions on the National Parks Service's plans for the wild horses at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
The ecological and cultural role of the wild horses on appropriate landscapes, within its historical range, is a part of the mission and intent of the establishment of Theodore Roosevelt National Park: honoring Roosevelt's ranch life and influences.
Horses need to be managed and interpreted at ecologically relevant scales, while also generating a value-added economy, improving human and environmental health and supporting tribal historical and cultural values associated with wild horses.
The National Park Service has the responsibility to:
- Honor the legislation intent that established Theodore Roosevelt National Park
- Commit to conserve the wild horses as healthy wildlife/livestock
- Commit to a science-based approach to support genetic diversity
- Commit to shared stewardship
- Commit to ecological restoration and maintenance of appropriate landscapes where their role as ecosystem engineers shapes healthy and diverse ecological communities
- Restore cultural connections to honor and promote the unique status of wild horses as an American icon for all people
- Manage and interpret park resources
Dee Baertsch is a resident of Medora, N.D.
This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.
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