Reno, NV, October 30, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- The State of Nevada Commission on Special License Plates has approved the application for a Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (NVDMV) Special License Plate to benefit the Historic Virginia Range Wild Horses. The 2015-2016 Nevada Interim Commission on Special License Plates convened its first meeting on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 in Carson City. The agenda included a presentation of the Special License Plate application by representatives of Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund requesting the approval of a NVDMV Special License Plate to benefit the Historic Virginia Range Wild Horses. The Commission unanimously approved the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund application, noting the wild horses benefiting the application approval are Nevada State horses that fall under the management of the Nevada Department of Agriculture.
“As a participating advocacy group in the Cooperative Agreement with the State of Nevada to humanely manage the historic Virginia Range wild horse herds, we are thrilled to see the approval of this Special License Plate benefiting these treasured horses,” said Shannon Windle, President of Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund. “Countless numbers of people have worked for many decades to create positive opportunities like this one for these graceful and iconic creatures.”
The historic horses of the Virginia Range are the same herd population that sent Velma Bronn Johnston, also known as “Wild Horse Annie”, on her life long quest to save the American wild horse. Her respect for and dedication to these horses led to the passage of the federal 1971 Wild and Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act. Because the Virginia Range is primarily privately owned property, these same horses fall under the jurisdiction of the State of Nevada Department of Agriculture and have been excluded from any protections afforded wild horse and burro populations inhabiting federal public lands.
“The focal point of this Special License Plate will be to implement measures to increase public safety by keeping the horses on the range, wild and free, the way they should be,” said Ellen Holcomb, Director of Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund. “We are delighted to see this amazing development and thank the Nevada Commission on Special License Plates for helping us to make a difference in our communities. By keeping the horses on the range, we will also be keeping them out of our congested streets and highways – a win-win-win for all involved.”
The application for approval of a Special License Plate benefiting the Historic Virginia Range Wild Horses focused on two primary elements – Public Safety and Public Education. “We look forward to developing programs that will engage the public into participating in the way these icons of our American history are managed,” said Phil Caterino, Director of Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund. “Funding from the upcoming sale of these special Nevada DMV license plates will be allocated towards programs that will promote our Nevada wild horses and ensure they remain safe and are protected on the range.”
The funds from the creation of this Special License Plate to benefit the Historic Virginia Range Wild Horses will ensure the extensive fencing projects, alternative water sources, the fertility control program, winter feed programs, and many other plans will have a funding sources. “This is a landmark day for the wild horses of the Virginia Range,” said Sylvia Coburn, Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund Treasurer. “We look forward to gathering committee members who will be tasked with decisions regarding the distribution and allocation of the funds derived from the sale of this very important Special License Plate.”
Wild horse advocacy groups anticipate that many volunteer opportunities will be created through funding from the “Historic Virginia Range Mustangs” license plate. The Nevada Special License Plate to benefit the Historic Virginia Range Wild Horses will be available for purchase in about April 2016. To get involved and make a difference in your community, join Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund at its next membership meeting and sign up for a project. The next Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 6:15pm at the South Valley Library located at 15650 Wedge Pkwy, Reno.
Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund (HVWHPF) is an all-volunteer registered 501(c)3 non-profit Nevada corporation, officially founded in 2008. Our federal tax ID# is 80-0208865. For over 30 years, volunteers from the Hidden Valley community have led a grass roots effort to ensure public safety as well as the preservation, protection, promotion and rescue of the historic wild horses that graze the Virginia Range east of Reno, Nevada. Volunteers monitor herd health, grazing availability, provide attention to sick and injured horses and foals, actively apply fertility control to eligible mares, and install and mend 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. Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund has rescued 168 Virginia Range wild horses and currently has 145 horses in its care. For more information about Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund, please visit www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com