Environmentalist NGOs Have Failed Us!

by Capt. William E. Simpson II


How many people must die? How many tens of thousands of homes must burn? How many millions of acres of forests and related resources must be lost before we take these obtuse environmentalist NGOs out of the business of influencing our natural resource management? 

Wild Horse Fire Brigade (#WHFB) is an important tool for abating deadly ground fuels (grass & brush) in and around selected wilderness forests. It is an important measure that addresses and helps to makes-up for the acute depletion of our west coast deer herds, which formerly were abating millions of tons of grass and brush in and around forests.

Along with many other politicians, scientists and firefighters, Congressman Greg Walden also seems to agree and has forwarded the Wild Horse Fire Brigade plan to the heads of the USFS and BLM; story (and his Letter) here: horsetalk.co.nz/2017/12/14/congressman-wild-horse-fire-control-blm-usfs/

Environmentalist NGOs have been wrong on so many issues so many times, it's hard to keep count, but here is just one 'oldie-but-goldie':

Taken from a published document at the University of Santa Clara:  scu.edu/ethics/publications/iie/v4n1/ ).

“Environmentalists admit that saving the owls' habitat could cost jobs. But, they argue, these jobs will vanish no matter what. For if cutting continues at its current rate of 125,000 acres a year, the old-growth forests will be gone within thirty years and the mills forced to close anyhow.”

The stark reality of the foregoing folly and lack of vision is now upon us like a horrible deadly plague! 

As we have all witnessed, since the transition to the ‘green movement’s’ methods of managing public forests in the 1990s, we are in fact actually losing many millions of acres of forest annually to catastrophic wildfire!  Think about it... this year so far we have seen catastrophic wildfire devastate over 10-million acres in America, and of that, about 5-million acres were forests!

Let's Review: The environmentalist NGOs in the 1990s said: "if cutting continues at its current rate of 125,000 acres a year, the old-growth forests will be gone within thirty years"

NOW, having run the show their way for the past 30 years, we are burning forests at a rate that exceeds 40-times the rate of past logging!   So, whose really destroying forests, wildlife, habitat and watersheds? Environmentalist NGOs or loggers?

It’s a travesty of monumental proportions… these people have no business advising anyone on the subjects related to the management of natural resources and the empirical evidence that is easily reviewed and now in front of our faces supports that observation.... that is what I call 'peer-reviewed'.

The environmentalist groups (NGOs) arguably have a solid record of being completely off-base in the management assessments that they have posited in regard to our natural resources. If this was baseball, they'd be batting '0'.

History is replete with empirical data that supports such an observation:

They have recklessly influenced the mismanagement of apex predators across western states, which has resulted-in an acute depletion of cervid populations on the west coast (and elsewhere) leading to the excessive grasses and brush (ground fuels) that are the key fuels of these catastrophic wildfires. 


And now, as the most recent example of their influence, Oregon has a massive population of 6,400 mountain lions (as much as California), even thought Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists and managers say the appropriate number of lions for Oregon is about 2,500-2,800 lions. 

This robust growth in the lion population occurred even with the hunting of lions permitted legally year-round in Oregon, which has done nothing to modify their 'booming' population growth, where recent growth has jumped from 6,000 lions in 2015 to 6,400 in early 2017.  

This excessive number of mountain lions (aka: 'cougars') has already depleted the Oregon cervid (deer) populations to some extent, and it won't take long until Oregon will join ranks with California in having deer populations on the brink of a 'protected' status. And the folly continues! 

Even in California, where the deer population implosion is abundantly obvious, instead of dealing with excessive mountain lions effectively and affirmatively, the obtuse environmentalist will likely recommend assigning deer a 'protected' status, thus assuring that deer populations will continue into the realm of an ESA listed species.

Here is an article that further discusses what can be characterized as calling-out some of the environmentalist NGOs for their policies, which arguably have led to the reckless endangerment of Americans, their homes as well as having had a hand in the devastation of America's natural resources. myoutdoorbuddy.com/articles/67884521/national-monument-lands-collapsed--why?.php

For many Americans catastrophic wildfires affect our lives, homes and assets directly; it's not some hobby as it is with so many environmentalists.

William Simpson is the author of Dark Stallions – Legend of the Centaurians, proceeds from which go towards supporting wild and domestic horse rescue and sanctuary.

Capt. William E. Simpson II is a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer with decades of boating and expedition sailing experience, having logged more than 150,000 miles at sea. Simpson has successfully survived long-term ‘off the grid’ at sea and at remote uninhabited desert islands with his family for years at a time. He holds a U.S.C.G. 500-ton captain’s license for commercial-inspected passenger vessels and he is also a commercial airplane and helicopter pilot.

Simpson spent his formative years growing up on the family’s working ranch in the mountains of Southern Oregon, where horses were an integral part of the daily life. William left the family ranch to attend college, which turned out to be a stepping stone into a bizarre lifestyle that led him around the world on an entrepreneurial quest. An adventurer at heart, Simpson and his best friend and wife Laura, spent many years at sea during two sailing expeditions (1991-1994 and 2008-2011) where they experienced some of the many wonders and mysteries of nature. Since retiring, Bill and Laura have changed lifestyles and are once again engaged in a new adventure; living an off-grid lifestyle in the remote wilderness of the Siskiyou Mountains, where they enjoy coexisting with herds of wild horses, along with a myriad of other wild animals. The staggering beauty of the local mountains and valleys is awe inspiring and has influenced Bill to frequently write on subjects related to wild horses as well as wild and domestic horse advocacy, rescue and sanctuary.

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