By Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection League
On Dec 9, the Washoe County Commission signed and unanimously voted in favor of the Resolution for Wild Horse and Burro Protection in Northern Nevada. Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund joins in the celebration of this momentous occasion as it prepares for the launch of a cooperative agreement between the State of Nevada and local and national non-profit organizations to humanely manage the historic Virginia Range horses.
Reno, NV, December 10, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund is excited to join the Washoe County Commission in celebration of its Resolution to Protect Northern Nevada’s Wild Horses and Burros at today’s December 9, 2014 Commission meeting held at the Commission Chambers at 1001 9th Street, Reno, Nevada. Out-going Washoe County Commission Chairman David Humke read aloud the thought provoking sentiments of many northern Nevadans towards their wild horses and burros. The Commission voted unanimously in favor of passing the Resolution for Wild Horse and Burro Protection in Northern Nevada.
“We are so very proud of Nevada’s wild horse and burro population. They are such a wonderful gift to all Nevadans and they’re found right in our backyards and the open spaces across this beautiful state of ours,” said Shannon Windle, President, Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund. “The approval and signing of this Resolution by the Washoe County Commission is a landmark day in the protection of all Nevada’s horses and burros.”
Since January 2013 efforts have been underway to complete a cooperative agreement between the State of Nevada and local and national non-profit organizations to help humanely manage the wild horses of the Virginia Range, located in the hills east of Reno, Nevada. “The current wild horse population is estimated to be around 1,500. We are close to signing an agreement that will allow our organization and its volunteers to play a more active role in keeping the horses away from our congested streets and highways,” said Ellen Holcomb, Treasurer and active member of Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund. “Promoting public safety benefits both the human factor and our wild horses. We want to ensure our horses are safe, protected, and humanely managed.”
“Ecotourism, when supported and implemented in a cooperative sense, can have lasting rewards measured in tens of millions of dollars,” said Kelly Hyatt, wild horse volunteer and travel industry specialist. “We are convinced that our region and Nevada’s wild horses and burros can benefit economically from this very important proclamation and are excited to move forward with local businesses and city representatives to develop ecotourism opportunities for our region.”
The Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund is an all-volunteer registered 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization headquartered in Reno, Nevada. It was organized in 2008 with the mission to protect and preserve the wild horses that settle in the foothills surrounding eastern Reno in the winter months. For over 20 years, volunteers have monitored herd health, grazing availability, provided attention to sick and injured horses and foals, aided in state run adoption processes, and installed and mended fencing and cattle guards. Other volunteers are involved in ensuring federal and state departments are working within the statues that provide protection and care for the wild horses. For more information about Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund, please visit www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com