Helping Sand Wash Basin Flourish

$46,685 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 612 people in 14 months
Created June 5, 2018
Spring has arrived in Sand Wash Basin and oh what a wet spring it is!  As much as we hate not being able to get into the basin we are loving the green grass and the water water water every where!  WOOHOO
We are amazed at how well our wild horses wintered, they look great.
This year we do not believe we will have to worry about water. If we have another drought it may be an issue.  Wild Horse Warriors will be meeting with the BLM very soon to discuss repairs to the ponds that do not hold much water and the possibility of opening some old wells or drilling new wells.
Last year we proved that with water we can move the wild horses to the areas that need to be grazed, or move them away from areas that are being over grazed.  We also believe that with more water sources they will separate themselves without human interference, which will help the range continue to repair and move towards flourishing.
CDOT and the BLM have agreed to put up several warning signs along Highway 318. CDOT believes that this needs to be done for a short term fix, while they continue to collect data on the need for a fence.
No one has said no, they are just saying they need more data.  We are still pushing for the fence, but if the signs help that is a great step in helping with the safety of the wild horses.  Its a win win.  We are not giving up on the fence, just letting the government dot their i's and cross their t's until they are ready to install the fence. They are at least finally working with us and not telling us to go away.

Donations will be used for either water sources, signage or the fencing needs of Sand Wash Basin.

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The Community Foundation of Northwest of Colorado
PO Box 653,
Craig CO 81626
(The Community Foundation of Northwest Colorado is our fiscal agent.)

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Wild Horse Warriors for Sand Wash Basin
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The BLM is in the process of designing a new water system for CoffeePot Springs. Once that is done Wild Horse Warriors will be helping to pay for the new layout. We will also be lining Sheepherders Spring as soon as the gnats are gone and we can work on the lining without be eaten alive with the bugs.
Unfortunately, last week we lost a foal who was impaled on a t-post in Sand Wash Basin. The t-posts are markers for studies being conducted in the Basin and they can not be removed. We will be placing implement proof caps on the t-posts very soon.
Although the fence on 318 is on hold, CDOT has told us that we should see work this month on 318 for the installation of the permanent signs warning travelers that they are entering a Herd Management Area and their could be wild horses on the highway. This is just a short term solution , but we hope that it will help. As with anything government it is a process, but we have not given up and will not stop until we get the fence up or an alternate solution is found that will prevent the wild horses from getting onto the highway.
The BLM is also working on new signs to be installed in Sand Wash Basin that should help protect visitors and the wild horses. The wording is still in progress. Wild Horse Warriors will be helping pay for the signs.
All future donation will be used for, water sources, signage, capping the t-posts, and as always fencing.
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Installing a fence on the south side of 318 will in no way prevent the wild horses from getting to water.
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At the Dec 14, 2018 multi agency meeting a representative of CDOT stated that if the public was behind the installation of the fence on 318 that would help our cause.
WHW is preparing a letter to send to CDOT showing the support of the fence on Highway 318. If you would also like to write a letter, I have included the address, you should send it to.
If you chose to write a letter, please remember to be respectful. Wild Horse Warriors honors our working relationship with all agencies involved. We believe that working with the agencies and not against them will gain us more, faster.
Michael Goolsby is CDOT’s Regional Transportation Director for Region 3.

Michael Goolsby
222 South 6th St., #317
Grand Junction, CO 81501-2769
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Raised by 612 people in 14 months
Created June 5, 2018
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