We have developed projects with attainable goals. FOAL started out with smaller projects which were successfully completed and which helped to establish credibility as a legitimate, grass-roots, hard-working group.
Projects that FOAL has helped with include:
- Clean-up of debris and old fencing materials on the HMA (we enlisted youth from a local church group for a one day project; also worked with the Montana Conservation Corps and the HSUS on a 3 day project).
- Purchase of private property adjacent to the HMA which gives us a physical presence where the wild horses live and can be seen. This is also the future site of an interpretive center that will be dedicated to education about and advocacy for the wild horses.
- Construction and installation of informational signs about the wild horses at five entrances to the HMA.
- Removal of the bottom two strands of barbed wire from a six wire fence in the HMA. FOAL partnered with the BLM and the local Audubon chapter on this project, mainly to benefit antelope and sage-grouse.
- Partnered with the BLM and numerous others to develop reliable water sources within the HMA. To date, two projects have been completed, one project is nearing completion, and a fourth project is underway. The first two projects cost about $45,000 each, and the 3rd and 4th projects are more elaborate and much more expensive.
- Provided educational programs in local grade schools and museums.
- Worked with college students in the graphic arts department to develop signs for an interpretive trail, which has been set up on the FOAL property.
- Funded improvements and restoration of numerous reservoirs within the HMA, and paid for water to be trucked to reservoirs during drought years.
- Partnered with the BLM in field darting mares with an equine contraceptive inoculation (porcine zona pellucida or PZP for short) to prevent conception of foals, and developed and maintained a system for tracking the life-span and progeny of every horse in the HMA.