Craig resident Nancy Roberts has been documenting the wild horse herd at Sand Wash Basin since 2009. In November 2011, she started the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse Club, a local group of volunteers dedicated to protecting, preserving and honoring the wild horse heritage for future generations.

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Craig resident Nancy Roberts has been documenting the wild horse herd at Sand Wash Basin since 2009. In November 2011, she started the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse Club, a local group of volunteers dedicated to protecting, preserving and honoring the wild horse heritage for future generations.

Wild horse club planning Sand Wash Basin volunteer clean-up event

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Members of the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse Club discuss plans for an inaugural biannual clean-up days event at Sand Wash Basin. The event, sponsored in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office, takes place at noon June 15 and 16 at Sand Wash Basin’s main entrance at the junction of Colorado Highway 318 and Moffat County Road 67.

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Wild horses at Sand Wash Basin travel in small family units, or bands.

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“In the long-term, this is as much an economic development project as it is about preservation. A lot of people will be coming out here to see it, and what we’re doing is for our grandkids, great-grandkids, and great-, great-grandkids.”

— Bernie Rose, a Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse Club member

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What: Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse Club’s first clean-up day

When: Noon June 15 and 16

Where: Sand Wash Basin main entrance, Colorado Highway 318 and Moffat County Road 67

— Volunteers are welcome to camp the night of the 15th. For more information, call Nancy Roberts at 756-1978.

Sand Wash Basin can mean different things to different people.

For Craig resident Bernie Rose, the area is not only ripe for preserving Northwest Colorado’s wild heritage, but could also provide a unique opportunity to boost economic development in Craig and Moffat County.

“In the long-term, this is as much an economic development project as it is about preservation,” Rose said. “A lot of people will be coming out here to see it, and what we’re doing is for our grandkids, great-grandkids, and great-, great-grandkids.”

Rose is a member of the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse Club, an organization that was started in November 2011 by Craig resident Nancy Roberts.

Roberts has been documenting the wild horse herd at Sand Wash Basin since 2009, which includes 411 head, based on the most recent 2008 aerial census.

The horses live in small family units, or bands.

The horse club’s mission is to protect, preserve and honor the wild horse heritage, Roberts said.

“We’re a nonpolitical group that understands the herd is located on multi-use government land,” Roberts said. “We’re not looking to push out the ranchers or people who use Sand Wash for other activities, but we are interested in making sure the wild horse herd thrives for generations.”

On Saturday, nine club members met at Downtown Books in Craig to finalize plans for the first clean-up day at Sand Wash Basin.

The event is scheduled to take place at noon June 15 and 16 at Sand Wash Basin’s main entrance located at the junction of Colorado Highway 318 and Moffat County Road 67.

The effort is being conducted in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office and will include an opportunity for volunteers to camp at Sand Wash Basin the night of the 15th.

Roberts also expects there will be plenty of opportunities to view the wild horses.

“It’s such a cool experience … it’s something from the past,” Roberts said. “It’s wild horses in their natural state. Who doesn’t want to see that?”

The wild horse club is still in its infancy, Roberts said, and the group plans to model itself after the Grand Junction nonprofit organization Friends of the Mustangs.

The group plans to file for 501 (c) 3 status with the state by the end of the year, but in the short-term the wild horse club is looking for volunteers, new members and a local resident interested in serving as treasurer on the board.

The board meets monthly at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave.

The next scheduled meeting takes place at 5 p.m. June 20 and all meetings are open to the public, Roberts said.

For more information, visit www.sandwashbasinwildhorseclub.org or call Roberts at 756-1978.

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Comments

Lethie 2 years, 3 months ago

I'm so glad to see that something is underway to help preserve the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horses. This is good for the economic development for the town of Craig, as well as, Colorado. I encourage all to go out and visit this HMA and see for yourself what it has to offer the community. Thanks for putting this information in your newspaper all the way from Florida.

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LindaLMartinArtist 2 years, 3 months ago

Wonderful story about the Club and its activities. Ive been following Nancy's blog and the club page on facebook for nearly 4 years. This is an amazing group of people and a wonderful opportunity to be proactive in the preservation and enjoyment of this herd for everyone. Thank you Craig Daily Press.

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LindaLMartinArtist 2 years, 3 months ago

Correction. Ive followed the page for nearly 4 years. The Club activities since last fall.

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