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Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 4:16 pm | Updated: 3:45 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

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We encourage readers to submit letters to the editor on issues of interest to East Valley residents. Submissions should be no longer than 300 words, factually accurate and original thoughts of the writer. Please be brief and include name, address, city and phone number for verification. Letters and comments may be edited for clarity and length.

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WILD HORSES

BLM must manage land for many uses

Thank you for publicizing the upcoming wild horse and burro adoption sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management in a recent article by Andre Bowser (“Wild horses available for adoption in A.J.,” Jan. 3).

Adoption of wild horses and burros removed from the range has been an integral part of the BLM’s management of these animals since passage of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act. The BLM appreciates your interest and support of our mission to find good homes for wild horses and burros in Arizona.

We would like to clarify Kim Meagher of Wildhorse Ranch Rescue’s statement that wild horses and burros are removed to make way for “commercial cattle.” It is important to remember that vegetation on public range lands is managed as habitat for wildlife, horses, burros and domestic livestock.

Periodic removal of wild horses and burros is carried out to ensure public range land health, in accordance with land-use plans that are developed in an open, public process. These land-use plans are the means by which BLM carries out its mission to manage the land for multiple uses, while protecting the land’s resources and forage for both wildlife and domestic livestock.

Much of the authorized livestock grazing on BLM-managed land is by family-owned operators. In recent years, livestock grazing on public range lands has declined because of such factors as drought and wildfire. The BLM really appreciates the interest of your newspaper and Meagher in the management of America’s wild horses and burros and welcomes your participation in the wild horse and burro program and adoptions.

For more information about the program, we encourage your readers to visit the BLM Web site at www.blm.gov.

HELEN HANKINS

ASSOCIATE STATE DIRECTOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

PHOENIX

SPRING TRAINING

Mesa has land now for stadium

I don’t know why Mesa isn’t considering using the 20-plus-acre vacant lot site (known as Site 17) at the southwest corner of University and Mesa drives as a potential location for a new Chicago Cubs spring training facility. Does anyone?

The city already owns the blighted property. It could help draw Cubs fans to Mesa’s downtown area businesses. It sits only a couple of blocks from where the light-rail extension is planned.

Overflow parking at the adjacent Mesa Convention Center/amphitheater lots makes good sense. And it’s only a couple of blocks from the existing Fitch Park practice fields. If Phoenix has prospered from locating its sports stadiums downtown, why not Mesa? Probably makes too much sense!

JERRY SPELLMAN

MESA

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